World's Top 10 Cities to Travel to in 2017

It's that glorious time of year when we discover where we'll all be travelling next year.

Lonely Planet has handed down its annual list of the best travel destinations, and 2017 is presenting an interesting mix of strange lands and well-trodden paths.

Its list of the best cities to visit in 2017 features familiar faces like Bordeaux and Los Angeles, but similarly keen to get people shuffling through smaller towns in Macedonia and Italy.

Here's where you will want to visit before they become flooded with tourists in the coming years:

1. Bordeaux, France

With a new high-speed rail set to arrive in Bordeaux in 2017, the city will be connected to other European cities better than ever before. Famed for its wine offerings, those who love a tasty merlot or cabernet sauvignon should start packing their bags!

2. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is in the midst of a cultural upheaval, concentrating on boosting its culinary and creative offerings. With stunning new restaurants ready to serve up some tasty new treats, a contemporary art gallery will boost the profile of African art on the world stage. 

3. Los Angeles, USA

Old La La Land is more than a seedy Hollywood strip and a few mansion-speckled hills. While Los Angeles is notoriously difficult to travel around, its metro system is finally catching up with the horde of tourists who want to see both Beverly Hills and Venice beach. With an ever-increasing hipster and Australian population, you may even find a decent brunch and flat white in the sunny city. 

4. Merida, Mexico

Most of Mexico's tourists would have visited Cancun, but Lonely Planet claims the country's charms lie in another city: Merida. Full of colour, both visually and culturally, the city provides more than enough in terms of music, art, food and activities. Merida will also be the "American Capital of Culture" for 2017, meaning it will be a year of non-stop cultural events. 

5. Ohrid, Macedonia

Why spend a small fortune at Lake Como, when you can save a few pennies in Lake Ohrid instead? Over 300 historic churches and a stunning walled castle overlook this gorgeous lake, which also boasts the best beaches in the nation, Lonely Planet claims. Although you will want to get in quick before its charm is completely consumed by tourists.

6. Pistoia, Italy

This Tuscan town is often referred to as "Little Florence". While it possesses similar features, it attracts a lot less tourists. As Italy's Capital of Culture for 2017, Pistoia will also be putting on many more tourist-friendly events. 

7. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is quickly becoming a cosmopolitan hub, replacing much of its concrete jungle with actual greenery. With its thriving food scene, this South Korean capital is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. 

8. Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal continues to be a top destination for tourists heading to Europe, with its perfect balance of sights, experiences and price. Lovely, colourful Lisbon offers art-lovers a similar experience to Europe's other cultural hubs, like Barcelona or Rome, but for a fraction of the cost.

9. Moscow, Russia

Lonely Planet predicts big changes are coming to the Russian capital, who will host the FIFA World Cup in 2018. A new airport, metro line and museum is just a taste of the grand renovations to come.

10. Portland, Oregon

With its trendy cafes and micro-breweries, and strong green foundations, Portland is almost notorious as a hipster hub. But for all the jokes at its expense, people rightfully adore it for the same reasons its mocked. In the end, Portland will keep being Portland, and we're sure it will have the last laugh!

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