Best Travel Destinations for 2017: Uncommon Selections

A variety of travel industry sources recently published their best travel destinations for 2017. Often, a locale is deemed worthy of recognition for an annual best travel destinations list based on special events occurring there. Historic anniversaries also give a location a leg up on getting named a hot travel destination. Excluding those obvious entries on the best travel destination lists for a given year, the choices have always struck me as rather random. In the interests of research, I wondered if a case could be made for a totally random Best Travel Destinations of 2017 list. My kids performed a blindfolded, spin and point operation to identify the 5 random destinations.

Best Travel Destinations for 2017 According to Travel Industry Sources

But first, let’s identify competing best picks destinations for 2017, identified by travel industry experts, and my take on their merits:


London – selected by Frommer- is where the royal wedding will take place. London is sure to be overcrowded and overpriced, and visitors to London will miss a lot they might see at another time. But they will come home with bragging rights.

New York

New York- chosen #1 by Lonely Planet- will unveil a new memorial will open in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. New York is a fantastic place to visit anytime, and the opening of the Ground Zero memorial makes it no more or less desirable in 2017.

Turku, Finland

Turku is a European Capital of Culture in 2017. Few people could pinpoint Turku on a map. Besides its unpleasant average year round temperature of 41 degrees Farenheit, Turku hired Brits to come in and stage the opening show as it assumes the role of culture capital- highly suspicious.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington- Lonely Planet’s #4 pick- boasts luxury lodging and Wellywood movies. Wellywood is an appealing theme for move buffs, but touting the luxuriousness of the lodgings is a bit lame.

The Peruvian Amazon- #3 pick by CNN- is acclaimed for visitors’ opportunity to create their own adventures without a car. Creating your own adventures in the wilderness of the Peruvian Amazon is a fun trip for a certain caliber of traveler but it certainly isn’t popular with your average tourist. Tell the average American tourist that he has to leave his car behind and any interest he had in this destination is likely to plummet.

Random Picks for Best Travel Destination 2017

When my kids began choosing random destinations, I developed grave second thoughts about this experiment. By the time the list was complete, I was laughing uncontrollably. What did they select? The first pick was Georgia, of the Russian variety. Next came Greenland. After that, Tulsa, Oklahoma. I thought my job was getting easier but before I could let out a sigh of relief, they announced their final picks: Kampala, Uganda and Qostenay, Kazakhstan. Why in the world should anyone go to any of those places in 2017?

Georgia in 2017?The State Department warns U.S. citizens to avoid the separatist regions including South Ossetia and Abkhazia. That leaves…skiing. The Gudauri and Bakuriani resorts in the Caucasus Mountains are well-respected ski destinations. With Georgia tourism in its developing stages, those willing to tolerate some anomalies will likely find some good bargains. The government has worked hard to upgrade tourism with considerable success, a 35 percent increase in tourists in 2010.

What does Greenland offer? The Midnight Sun, Northern Lights, whale watching, and iceberg spotting, hot springs, dogsledding, kayaing, walruses, and polar bears. With Greenland’s glaciers melting at record rates since at least 2007, getting a visit in during 2017 means more glacier to experience.

In Tulsa, the Cherokee Nation cultural program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will debut. In addition to civil war history, Cherokee Nation offers Cherokee History, Will Rogers, and Cherokee Old Settler tours. Tulsa is situated on the famed Route 66, enabling vistors to enjoy a historic ride on a highway that is pure Americana .

Kampala, Uganda offers ample shopping and casinos, a variety of historic treasures, including one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world, the Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals and the old Kampala Mosque. The Kasubi tombs are no longer open to tourism due to fire, but the government opened the dark tourism site Namugongo Martyrs shrines in their stead. Kabaka’s Trail offers traditional culture. The best reason to go choose 2017 as the year to visit this destination? Avoiding all the tourists crowding London and New York.

Qostanay, Kazakhstan is a tough sell as a vacation destination. It has some monuments to educators, poets and scientists and a few museums but the best reason I can think of for someone to go there on vacation this year is the assurance that virtually no one else will be doing it.As for choosing the best tourist destinations for the year randomly, it seems to have a few downsides…

How a Bodum Water Kettle is Better Than a Coffee Maker

This article is about how a Bodum Water Kettle is better than a Coffee Maker. Well first of all I have 3 coffee makers and one Bodum Water Kettle.
I bought a Bodum water kettle from Target. I received it 3 days after ordering it from TheBestCoffeeMachineReviews.

I am going to tell you how I came across the Bodum water kettle. Me and my husband went to visit his family in Columbus Ohio. They also have a Bodum Water Kettle. They are so convenient rather than a coffee maker.

The Bodum Water Kettle is much more convenient than a coffee maker because with the Bodum, instead of making a whole pot of coffee like a coffee maker does, you just put water in the kettle and boil it and you never waste coffee.

Along with the Bodum water kettle, you also need the One Cup Coffee Brewer Set. Which is a cup that is a filter for your coffee. It allows you to make individual cups of coffee so you do not have to use a coffee pot to make a whole pot of coffee and wasting it because you do not drink a whole pot of coffee.

This kettle is so amazing and so convenient that it is worth the 50 bucks that you pay for it through Target. You can either make a cup of coffee or you can boil the water to make yourself a cup of tea.

All you do with this pot is make sure you have water in it before you turn it on to boil the water. That is it. No coffee filters no whole pots of coffee wasted because you didn’t drink the whole pot.

I found the Bodum to be so convenient in my kind of life style. My husband works all day long and i cannot drink a lot of coffee by myself, so we invested in the Bodum water kettle and we never waste coffee anymore.

If anybody is looking to save time and money and coffee, the Bodum is the thing for you. No hassle or anything. I was amazed how convenient the Bodum water kettle was when we visited my husband’s cousin, that I had to buy one for myself.

So look into a Bodum if you are tired of pouring left over coffee down the drain and wasting it. You will never have to again.

M800 Is Now Up And Running

A great feature of the M800 is the GAMESENSE tab which enables you to set specific profiles up for certain games. The huge spacebar from the last model returns on the M800, but it is not quite as massive. Initially, I must admit I discovered the keys a small clunky and awkward to use, but after a week or so of working with the board, I’m finding it rather difficult to return to working with anything else. The M800 is featured as one of the top gaming keyboards in the best gaming keyboard 2017 list at techinsider.

Nonetheless, the overall grade of the M800 is at a fantastic level. It’s incredibly easy to pick up your on-line order in shop and get your hands on your product efficiently. Accompanying the massive form-factor is a good feel, with the correct superior plastic. It is strongly recommended that you get familiar with the system requirements prior to making your purchase. Unit supplied by manufacturer.

However, one particular thing I noticed about the plan of the keyboard, is the usage of plastic. The cause of this massive form factor is the massive spacing between keys, and the additional edges on each side (about 20mm). The keyboard, along that has a small quantity of accessories, is secured in a cardboard tray enclosed by means of a flap top.

SteelSeries again chosen to go for the very same low-profile wedge shape of the original, and the LED-lit side accents that provide a bit of additional style for people who want it. That means lots of light shining through. But if you’re taking a look at picking up a high-end keyboard, the price tag point shouldn’t arrive as a great deal of surprise.

This is a rather expensive keyboard. Instead you’re presented by a very long collection of various choices and a Macro Recorder. Every key can likewise be a macro. The Apex M800 isn’t only a quick keyboard, but in addition a good looking one.

The end result is the extraordinary QS1 switch. To get this done, SteelSeries has worked closely with engineers to produce a new kind of mechanical switch, known as the QS1 switch. SteelSeries claims they even optimized the form of the very low profile keys for greatest usage speed.

There aren’t any detrimental effects to getting an enormous spacebar. It certainly isn’t compact, but it isn’t large, either. The LED illumination is actually bright and can be quite expressive, letting you make your own lighting. The Apex M800, by comparison, is a whole mechanical model, equipped with a SteelSeries-exclusive key switch called the QS1.

Essentially, M800 will ghost” your keystrokes by temporarily altering the colours of keys you’ve just engaged. In addition, there are no dedicated media keys. I absolutely adore this keyboard and if you’re a gamer, this is the ideal keyboard in my opinion which you can buy. In other words, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill RGB mechanical keyboard.

With that, let’s consider those crucial switches, and the remainder of the Apex M800’s feature collection. On the severe side of things, both USB ports at the rear of the Apex M800 function as a USB hub.