For most of us, the holiday countdown has officially started as we are now in British Summertime. However, if you haven’t booked a holiday yet and are a bit stuck for ideas, we have put together a few ideas of where to go on holiday in 2017.

Edinburgh, Scotland

During August, in Edinburgh, is the fringe festive. The fringe is a comedy and film festival which runs throughout the whole month of August. There will be shows and street performers 24 hours a day. The festival will start with a grand opening party and ending with a firework spectacular. We do advise to book accommodations, transport and show tickets in advance as it’s one of the busiest times of the year. Many of the shows are free/donations are welcome as they are upcoming acts and performers.

Matera, Italy

The Sassi di Matera is a series of 9,000 year old cave dwelling carved from limestones on the edge of a ravine in the city. The city of Matera is often called Italy’s most spectacular. The city is now coming into it’s own as an enticing place to visit with new bars, galleries and exuberant street art as well as ancient history. The city even offer unique hotel rooms in converted caves for under £70 for two people.

Aarhus, Denmark

Denmark’s second largest city has been on the rise for a couple of years, thanks to its support from the arts and the Michelin – star food scene. The city is set to have a big year as they have many events (free and ticketed) on the horizon – the programme guide is 500 pages.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands’ second city has been dubbed the city of the future by architects. The city is the host of new experimental buildings from it’s incredible horseshoe shaped market hall to its dramatic new central train station. The innovative approach to urban development continues in 2017, with the opening of a floating park made from recycled plastic, retrieved from the Nieuwe Mass River and the world’s first floating farm – which will be the home to 40 cows.

Portland, United States of America

The unofficial slogan “Keep Portland weird” is a quick description of the hipster, bohemian vibe city. The city is home to fantastic food, buzzing nightlife and access to the great outdoors. Portland opens you up to the culture with art museums and local history, shopping and nature walks.

Chile, South America

At the beginning of the year, British Airways have started the first non-stop flights from the UK to Chile. There is plenty going on in leafy, cosmopolitan Santiago, from new places to stay – such as boutique hotels in the foodie Lastarria district – to cueca dance classes and craft beer trails. But Chile is rightly more famed for its landscapes than its cities.

Colombia, South America

The Caribbean coastline, with its wild rainforests skirting pristine beaches with cerulean seas is one of the must see places.  Further east, the Tayrona national park, overlooked by the snow-capped Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is hugely popular. Last year’s peace deal between the government and the Farc insurgents ended 52 years of civil war; 2017 could be the year the tourist floodgates open.

Belize, Central America

Fewer than 15,000 Brits a year visit Belize due to circuitous flight routes to Central America which involves stopovers in Dallas or Los Angeles. Last August there was a discovery of a new tomb at the centre of the ancient Maya world and may be the largest royal tomb. With stunning landscapes, you will be able to enjoy and take in the Caribbean cultures.

Seoul, South Korea

With shimmering skyscrapers, dazzling neon-signage, chic coffee shops, 24-hour shopping, delicious street food and a “sheep cafe” (just like the famous cat café, you can pet sheep while you enjoy a coffee), the South Korean capital gives Tokyo a run for its money. This year launches an eight-day South Korea food tour on which travellers will discover the true meaning of Korean fried chicken.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, read The Guardian’s Hot Spot Guide for 2017 with a list of must see places in the UK and across the world.

Make sure travel insurance is one of you must have’s for your holiday this year. We offer single trips, annual multi trips and backpackers/long stay policies so you can have a worry-free holiday. From flight delays, medical expenses and much more – we can make sure you’re covered. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team 0333 400 2316 or you can get a quote online!