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AAA maps out top travel trends for 2017

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Kelly Potts is a public affairs coordinator for AAA Arizona.

The year 2017 brings a year of new beginnings and new destinations.

“Exploring places that are less traveled is the theme for 2017,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “Travelers are looking for unique experiences and want to be among the first to explore and share these up-and-coming destinations.”

AAA Travel experts predict the top five travel trends for 2017:

  • Bon Voyage: Cruising remains one of the best ways to take advantage of big savings and see some unique places in the world. Expect more passengers on river cruises throughout Europe, longer voyages and themed cruises to take over in 2017.
  • Chasing Cuba: This hotspot continues its streak into 2017. This year, cruise lines will begin to make stops in Havana on some of their Caribbean itineraries. There are still some travel restrictions, and all trips in Cuba are escorted trips which may not be for everyone. Eager travelers should plan ahead to be among the first Americans to see Cuba.
  • Ice Ice Iceland: Travelers are still craving travel to unusual destinations, and Iceland continues to top the list. Iceland offers a little something for every traveler, including breathtaking scenery, the famous Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights in winter.
  • Better Belize It: If you’re searching for somewhere sunny and exotic, include Belize in your choices. This tropical land offers the natural beauty of its beaches and countryside, fantastic water sports and ancient Mayan ruins, making it both a relaxing and adventurous place to visit.
  • The 49th State: Travel experts expect Alaska to be a big hit throughout 2017. This year, cruise lines are expanding their trips to the state to keep up with demand. Alaskan cruises run from May to September, and you can catch the great Northern Lights in January and February. Popular cruise excursions include whale watching and hiking glaciers

“As a travel resource, AAA Travel agents will do the work for you to map out your dream trip and show you ways to maximize discounts,” Moreno said.

– Kelly Potts is a public affairs coordinator for AAA Arizona. Contact her at kpotts@arizona.aaa.com or at 602-241-2972.

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