Vacation for every month of 2017

 A Vacation For Every Month of 2017

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Got some free time on your hands? Why not use it to travel the world? There are so many options for where to go, it’s easy to fill an entire year of travel – and we have done the hard part for you. Here is a trip you can take during each month of 2017. Hope you’ve been saving those vacation days!

Head to Scottsdale, Ariz., in January to get the New Year started off right. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa will be hosting the Satori Mindfulness Meditation Spa Retreat Jan. 22-25. The event is perfect for those looking to start a meditation practice or those who are seasoned in self-reflection and mindfulness. The retreat is designed as a way to restart the mind and body at the start of 2017.


Finland is celebrating its 100th anniversary of independence in 2017 and what better way to get to know the country than fat biking through its snow-veiled pine forests.

Exodus Travel has launched a winter adventure in Finland. The Fat Biking in Finland trip is an eight-day journey that takes guests cycling through the forests and frozen lakes of Oulanka National Park near the Russian border. An added bonus is the opportunity to see the Northern lights in this dark time of year.

Travel to India and celebrate the colorful festival of Holi. On the Go Tours has an eight-day tour that revolves around the celebration as the streets of India explode with color all around the country. Visitors will see Delhi, Jaipur, take a hot air balloon ride, experience Holi festivities in Bharatpur, visit the Taj Mahal and more.

Join G Adventures for a river cruise on the Mekong River, beginning in Siem Reap, Cambodia, finishing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 10-day journey includes a visit to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, cycle by Wat Phnom and the Grand Palace, visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda and more.

Get to know the Wild West at one of the top resorts in the U.S. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, recognized by both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as a top property in the West, opens for the season on May 12, 2017. The new resort experience, which first opened in 2016, offers guests a taste of the true dude ranch lifestyle with daily trail rides, ranching education, roping lessons, and historic tours throughout the land, showcasing the region’s mining industry.

Experience Edible Canada’s culinary journey Across the Top of Canada and celebrate both the summer solstice and Canada’s 150th birthday as you just around Canada’s north on a private 737. Guests will dine is some of the most remote locations and taste food prepared by some of Canada’s best chefs over eight nights.

Travel to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure with Intrepid Travel. The journey begins at the stunning Victoria Falls and winds up in Botswana and guests will learn about culture, crafts, tracking skills and ancient survival techniques on a bush walk, ride a traditional canoe in the Okavango Delta and climb the sand dunes of Sossusvlei on a 19-day mega-trip.

Relax and enjoy an all-inclusive vacation with the the whole clan. The family-friendly Generations Riviera Maya provides the perfect combination of luxury and fun on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The all-suite, all-butler resort has everything from a la carte haute cuisine to the Eko Kids Club, watersports and nightly live entertainment.

As fall comes to Hawaii and summer travelers depart, the savings begin. Score a deal on rooms, tours, cruises and more when you stay in the Islands in September. Two iconic properties are celebrating milestones in 2017, so look for special anniversary deals at the Royal Hawaiian and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.

Talk to your travel agent about planning a FIT journey to Germany for Oktoberfest. You can experience this iconic festival as Germany also celebrates 500 years since the Reformation, combining the trip with Avanti’s five-day, four-night self-drive Luther-themed itinerary, “In the Footsteps of Luther,” that allows travelers to visit the places where he was born, studied, preached, taught, translated the New Testament into German, and nailed his “95 theses” to the door of a church, igniting the Reformation.

See the Northern Lights in Norway onboard the Astronomy Voyage roundtrip to Bergen with Hurtigruten in November. The cruise provides unique insights into the Arctic sky from onboard experts and hunt for the aurora borealis along the Norwegian Coast. Sailings begin in November and sail through March and are 12 days long.

Bring the magic of Christmas to life on a Rhine river cruise with AmaWaterways, stopping at some of Germany’s most festive Christmas markets along the way. The journey sails from Amsterdam to Basel (or in the reverse direction) and includes add-ons in Lucerne, Switzerland before or after your seven-day sailing.