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Top 11 Destinations to Check Out This Year

Here are some of the hottest destinations to check out this year! All of which are perfect for college tourists, vacations with friends as well as solo travel!

1. Venice, Italy

Mamma mia! This gorgeous city has the best of the best: Italian cuisine, notable architecture, gondolas, shopping, and art. There’s nothing better than exploring a city on water where every step you take simply offers a better angle for your travel photos.

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Venice by Thalia Michaels

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil where you’ll find incredible beaches, nightclubs, food, hikes, soccer, surf and dancing. This city is so vibrant and colorful that you’ll want to stay forever. The energy of Rio is unlike any other place in the world. One visit will not be enough!

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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

3. Ireland

Ireland might just win your heart, so watch out! This gorgeous country has some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. It is the perfect place to go for a hike, explore the country side and enjoy some Irish music and whiskey.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

4. Phuket, Thailand

There’s nothing more refreshing than a visit to Southeast Asia. Phuket is a rainforest island with incredible beaches, clear water, tropical marine climate, and exotic flora and fauna. Phuket has some amazing local culture with festivals, fairs and regattas. No matter who your Bond is, whether it’s Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan, live out your favorite Bond fantasy, with a visit to Phang Nga Bay where you’ll see Khao Phing Kan, popularly known as the James Bond Island.

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Phang Nga Bay by Thalia Michaels

5. Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas(n.): a playground for adults. And it really is a playground. This city gives you a little taste of everything and anything. It is the only place in the world where you can find yourself on a gondola in the Venetian, walk by the Eiffel Tower, through a Shark Reef, visit Caesar’s palace (No, Caesar didn’t actually live there) and then enjoy a water show at the Bellagio fountains, all in one day.

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Bellagio Fountains

6. London, England

This city in England is something else. There’s a saying that reads: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” London is immersed in history and innovation. It has an incredible historic splendor and diversity and no matter how many times you’ve been there, you’ll always be stunned by the sound of Big Ben, the sight of the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, and the buzz of Piccadilly Circus. There’s so much to learn about the magical city.

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Tower Bridge and The Shard

7. Dubai, UAE

Dubai: man-made, modern, and luxurious. This city is as unique as it is extravagant. Here you’ll find a lively nightlife, man-made islands, supercar taxis, and an 830m-tall tower named Burj Khalifa. Dubai will surely leave a lasting impression on any visitor as it is a cosmopolitan and futuristic oasis.

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Dubai from Burj Khalifa by Thalia Michaels

8. Santorini, Greece

Blue seas and whitewashed cubist houses, hard to tell if you’re dreaming or if you’re in Santorini? This wonderful island combines ancient culture, spectacular scenery, sensational climate, delicious food and wine, beautiful beaches, and active volcanoes. This place is serene and perfect for solo travel and soul searching.

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Summer in Santorini

9. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is an ultramodern bustling capital with a traditional touch. Here you’ll have the best of both worlds; traditional Tokyo will have serene temples, shrines, and cherry trees while modern Tokyo will have the anime shops, skyscrapers, futuristic gadgets, cat cafes and busy street crossings. Tokyo is where you can gaze into the future. There is constant innovation and renewal, as well as delicious sushi.

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Tokyo by Lauren Nash

10. New York City, USA

If Carrie Bradshaw has taught us anything, its that there is no place in the world like New York City. The “city that never sleeps” is home to the Empire State building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and many other iconic sites. This fast-paced city is a capital for fashion, art, finance, and diversity.

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New York City from the Top of the Rock

11. Tel Aviv, Israel

This is a lively and active place with culture and art, entertainment, nightlife and the greatest combination of city and beach anyone could have dreamed. The lovely Mediterranean coast will steal your heart. Tel Aviv is a city where the real attraction is the local lifestyle. Watch out, because you might fall so deeply in love with Israel that you’ll never want to leave

Top 11 Destinations To Visit

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Tel Aviv by Shelby Weiner

Nikki Mckenna

Florida Atlantic University | 9 stories

Nikki is Mexican and Scottish. She was born and raised in Mexico, then spent two years in England and is now living in South Florida. She recently graduated with a Languages and Linguistics degree from Florida Atlantic University. Nikki loves travel, languages, cultures and adventure. She's always longing for distant places.

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