17 Unique Travel Destinations for 2017 and Beyond

Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale (photo: David Lee)

Have you already hit up Big Ben? Rolled your eyes at Las Vegas? Admired the backs of people’s heads next to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre? If you’re looking for unique travel destinations, we have 17 unusual suggestions that should make your 2017 travel plans a little more memorable.

1. Cat Islands, Japan

The island of Tashirojima, a quick ferry hop off the east coast of Japan, has a small population of 100 humans… and about six times that number in cats.

Why so many feline friends?

Tashirojima (and the other ten cat islands) was known for its silk production.

Unfortunately, it also had a bit of a mouse problem, and mice like to munch on silkworms. So the cats were brought in as the guardians of the local silk-based economy.

Today you can visit the island and stay in a cat-shaped cabin between April and November.

2. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

Pamukkale (“Cotton Castle”) is the site of a series of cascading hot springs located in western…

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