Come 2017, how many people will promise to 'travel more' as one of their New Year resolutions? To give you a head start planning your adventure, here is a list of the stars that will be shining most brightly in the new year, from off-the-radar locations to once-popular resorts that are about to get a new lease of life.
Given Porto's stunning setting on the River Douro and its biggest export of Port, it's hardly believable that this European city is still flying under the radar. Discover atmospheric port houses, wine caves and sun-drenched vineyards or satisfy your stomach with a tasting of the city's signature sandwich: the heart attack-inducing Francesinha stuffed with steak, ham, sausage, melted cheese and tomato sauce.
The bullet train route was extended to reach Hokkaido for the first time this year, meaning travellers have far easier access to Japan's northernmost island. In winter, Hokkaido's wild natural landscapes and sensational powder are popular with skiers, while in summer, eagles, whales and dolphins can be seen on the Shiretoko Peninsula and the lavender fields of Biei bloom.
While Norway has been hovering around the top of many bucket lists for its sprawling fjords, hot springs and waterfalls, Tromsø should convince you once and for all to push it to first place in 2017. The city offers a real taste of Scandinavia, as well as one of the best views of the Northern Lights. But the 'Gateway to the Arctic' hasn't forgotten the importance of entertainment and is well-known for a lively nightlife scene and a range of restaurants specialising in ingredients fresh from the Arctic sea.
European Capital of Culture in 2016, Wroclaw (pronounced Vrots-wahf) is full of Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian architectural influences. Explore the 12 islands and 130 bridges leading to 13th-century market squares, an atmospheric old town and a picturesque riverside all of which have so far remained well off the tourist radar.
Iran has long been bundled in with its conflict-ridden neighbours as being a dangerous destination. Recently, there has been a change of opinion and it is the most exciting place in the Middle East, with Shiraz being its crowning jewel. The city, one of the most important in the medieval Islamic world, proudly displays the history of the Persian Empire on its beautiful façades.