Hello everybody. It’s a new year. It’s 2017, and here we are at Vagabrothers talking about the best travel destinations for this coming year. There’s a lot of new places a lot of places we haven’t been yet, but we’ve gone through and picked the best 10 destinations for 2017. As we know 2016 was a crazy year all around the world so this year we’re taking into consideration political stability and exchange rates, so you can travel to place their safe and inexpensive. So first up Europe: top destination in Europe is….. England . Well the United Kingdom, in general. Brexit happened last year, and that’s changed a lot of things, but what has done has made the pound really cheap. It’s cheaper to travel now to the UK than it has been in a long time, so we encourage you to go the UK and get beyond London and go to Northern England where we did a trip last year, amazing . Or Wales where we’re going to be going later this year. It might not be the most unique, and chances are you’ve been to London, but this is the time to get out and explore the UK. Next up: Caribbean. Cuba is the top destination for 2017. Fidel Castro has just died. Chances are the situation in Cuba is going to change rapidly. We recommend getting in there before it does. It’s on the top of our bucket list for 2017, so hopefully we’ll have some vlog series for you guys soon. Number 3: Latin America . Winner is …Columbia. Columbia. I’ve wanted to go to Colombia for a long time, but it makes the list in 2017 because the government just signed a peace treaty with Farc, the rebel group where there’s been a civil war last 50 years. So times of Narcos is gone. Peace has arrived to Columbia, and it’s just ready to take off. I’m reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez right now and just dreaming of Colombia. You’ve got a hundred years of solitude until that happens. Oh no, wow, you’ve never read Love in the Time of Cholera, Bro. I guess I have not. Next up: North America. Winner is…..Quebec. Quebec is the French-speaking province of Canada. Get out to Quebec in 2017. We went last year; it was an incredible trip. It’s a great alternative to Europe right now, especially if you’re a little bit worried about terrorism. By the way, Quebec City looks like it’s part of France. You can practice French if you’re learning it, but they also speak English there. The food is amazing; there’re amazing festivals like Igloo Fest or Electric Picnic in Montreal. Top destination in Asia is….Seoul, or South Korea in general. This has been an overlooked destination for a lot of people in Asia We are excited about it because we’re going to go speak at an event there in February, the NBNY Forum. We have started looking at the destination. It looks fascinating. What really attracts us is this balance between being the most connected country in the world super technologically advanced, but they’re also rooted in tradition…… not to mention Korean BBQ, and if you’re Marco, Korean bath houses. Next up: Southeast Asia. For us our top pick is the Philippines. It’s a country made up of thousands of islands. It’s inexpensive; it’s gorgeous there’s plenty of empty beaches like the island of Palawan. So obviously the red flag here is that if you’ve been following the news you’ve seen that the Philippines are cracking down on drugs, and there’s been a lot of violence in relation to that. But none of it has targeted tourism ,so therefore we do deem this still safe enough to visit. If you go to the Philippines, we highly recommend you do not try to score drugs. Number 7: the top destination in the Middle East We have Oman. Oman is one of our favorite countries in the world. We were lucky enough to go there three years ago. But what keeps it on the top of the list is that it remains a stable oasis in a really turbulent region. Oman is a very tolerant country, and a lot of people attribute this to their form of Islam called Ibadi Islam, which is the same as in Morrocco.. Beyond that, it’s got beautiful beaches. It is on the coast, and Omanies are a seafaring culture, so there’s a lot of maritime history, and they also have the most castles of any country in the world…. not to mention it’s covered in gorgeous mountains. So if you’re trying to get off the beaten path, Oman is the destination in the Middle East for 2017. Next up: Africa. Where are we going? We’re going to Senegal, top destination in Africa for 2017. It’s the most stable country in West Africa; it’s got great music great food Francophile culture; they speak French there… not to mention incredible beaches; great surf; the first endless summer was filmed there. I was lucky enough to go to Senegal about five or six years ago, and it was a brief trip, but it was absolutely incredible. Hopefully getting back there in 2017. Senegalese are super cool people. When we used to live in the Basque Country in Northern Spain, there were tons of Senegalese they’re…super friendly ,very cool place, accessible, safe, fun cheap. We are choosing Tasmania as the top destination in the Australian Pacific region for 2017. It’s wild; it’s a small island off the coast of Australia. Beyond that you’ve got great food; it’s got beautiful natural scenery, and there’s a really interesting culture there. There’s Aboriginal culture as well as history of the penal colony that used to exist there. Isn’t that all of Australia? It is but especially in Tasmania. It’s more… there’s more clear example. Alright there mate. The Australian dollar is currently at a low, which makes it way more affordable to visit Australia. That’s kind of one of the main reasons why we haven’t been back in the last couple of years because the Australian dollar was really strong and the exchange rate was not favorable. Lastly, there’ve been huge advances in air travel, and there are direct flights from LA to Sydney, fifteen hours straight. That’s Sydney -London seventeen hours straight, and if you do one of those flights, make sure you click this video to find out how to survive long flights. Last step: we’ve got our favorite picks. Why don’t you start off. Where do you want to go? For me the top travel destinations in 2017 is Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the neighbor of Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country. The tourism is not as developed. There’re still some beautiful wild places; great surf; tropical weather; friendly people, and a place that I would really like to get back to and do some serious exploration. For me ,personally, top of the bucket list is Japan. I want to go to Tokyo; I want to go to Kyoto; I want to go snowboarding in Hokkaido and the monkeys that sit in the hot tub, those are my spirit animals, people. Those are my spirit animals. Marko, the Makka. Well those are our top 10 picks for travel destinations in 2017. Make sure that you guys drop some comments; give us some feedback. If you have ideas for your favorite 2017 travel destinations, make sure you share them with us down there. If you haven’t already, give the video a thumbs- up ,share it with your friends and subscribe to Vagabrothers for travel videos, if you have not already. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road in 2017. Peace.