Now that it’s January, it’s time to look at the calendar and plan those trips for 2017!  The New York Times reveals their ‘Places to Go’ each year and there are always a few surprises on the list.  The images alone will have you ready to pack your bags and go!  Here are some of our favorite destinations from the article…

Pedregal, Ecuador

People horse back riding in Ecuador's Pedregal region as part of one of the many tours that the Hacienda El Porvenir offers. The hacienda is a family-owned lodge that offers adventure tours such as horse back riding, trekking, climbing and mountain biking. NYTCREDIT: Danielle Villasana for The New York Times

Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Yakushima, Japan - Moss forest on the trail to Taikowa Rock NYTCREDIT: Lauryn Ishak for The New York Times

Calabria, Italy

Fortezza Aragonese at Isola Capo di Rizzuto, Calabria, Italy 30197989A NYTCREDIT: Susan Wright for The New York Times


Botswana: Duba Plains: December 1, 2016: Lion cubs were photographed during a game drive†in the Duba Plains,†a 77,000 acre private concession in the Okavango Delta†situated in†Northern Botswana. The Duba Expedition Camp and the soon to open (March 2017) Duba Plains camp†are the only 2 properties on the concession and offer guests the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife. According to their†website,†ìDuba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between.î†Photo: Joao Silva NYTCREDIT: Joao Silva/The New York Times

Atacama Desert, Chile

Valle de la Muerte, Atacama Desert. Chile. Nov 2016. Photo/Tomas Munita, Atacama Desert. Chile. Nov 2016. Photo/Tomas Munita NYTCREDIT: Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia. NYTCREDIT: Andy Haslam for The New York Times

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Location UNSTAD, LOFOTEN Date Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016: On a clear, cool night in Unstad, you can see the Northern lights over the oceans and mountains surrounding the city. While surfing has been attracting visitors to the area in recent years, Unstad has long been a popular destination for hikers and Aurora Borealis tourists visiting Lofoten. Credit: Leslye Davis/The New York Times 30196431A_NORWAYSURF NYTCREDIT: Leslye Davis/The New York Times

Detroit, Michigan

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts in the museum's Rivera Court, featuring The Detroit Industry Murals by artist Diego Rivera, painted in the 1930's. Assignment ID: 30197528A Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux NYTCREDIT: Kevin Miyazaki for The New York Times

Sacred Valley Lands, Peru

Peru's Maras salt mines that date back to Incan times in the country's Sacred Valley. NYTCREDIT: Danielle Villasana for The New York Times

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Guests on the beach in front of Hotel Escondido. NYTCREDIT: Danielle Villasana for The New York Times

All images from the New York Times