According to my beloved Conde Naste travel magazine (and thanks for the photos below), the following destinations are the ones to watch out for in 2017. Given I’m always looking for my next trip idea, I thought to share their top tips for the new year… with a few thoughts of my own of course.
Substantial way of life, the Big Sur, Joshua Tree, Napa Valley… need they say more? Sun bleached California is far more than La La Land. Wide open spaces and traffic that challenges even Malaysian roads. I could happily spend weeks in this state alone. Eating my way through San Fran and sipping my way through Thomas Keller restaurants. This state is has it all… and it knows it.
Whilst I do believe that Cambodian food is just a less strong version of anything Thai, this country does deliver the goods. Super-lo-fi and laid paid they’re calling it and I’d completely agree. Of anywhere in Asia, Cambodia’s compilation of history, islands and authenticity make it one of the best.
It does help that in Nordic land, everyone is just simply, gorgeous. But beyond the blondes lies style and perfection in every form. Be it in their homes, the air they breathe or the shoes on their feet, this is a country full of beauty. It was Noma that put Denmark on the food map and the rest aren’t far off. With Sixteen Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen alone, come with full stomachs (and wallets).
Ah, America’s hat. My old friend Canada. The poutine alone would make me a happy man forever. The clamato juice and exercise clothes everywhere, perhaps not. Try think of a country where everyone is the nicest person you’ve ever met (all of whom own fun trucks). A never ending list of activities available to you and a multicultural foodie haven. Slow and steady wins the race, isn’t that what they say?
Belize is like an English, Jamaican version of Mexico. The locals have got their English down packed (including a golden ticket Caribbean accent). Its corn based, beach shacks made of wood and the white sand through your toes kind of holiday. Coral Caye is the closest thing to heaven I’ll probably ever see… Except for when you run into DiCaprio who owns a little piece of it.
Conde Naste Traveller also recommended St Helena and Chile but you and I will have to explore those ones together in the new year! It’s called a Bucket List friends. Get around it, start saving and go explore!
Happy New Year from the Yong family!