Destinations to Watch in 2017

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For many of us, annual leave is starting to feel like something of a distant memory and our tans have well and truly faded. It’s time to start looking forward to the destinations which are going to be hot in 2017.


Moscow was once the city break retreat for the intrepid explorer and the wealthy elite. However, this is no longer the case – as low cost flight carriers enter this space, the holiday prices have come down and Moscow has become mainstream. The city is full to the brim with gorgeous architecture to admire, from the expansive Kremlin buildings to the underground stations which could double as stately homes, making it a great place to explore.

In 2018, football fans will flock to Moscow for the FIFA World Cup, so if you want to view the famous onion-domed cathedrals before your friends’ Instagram feeds are full of them, 2017 is a great time to go!

picture of Moscow


Since Croatia exploded on to the festival circuit, we’ve been searching high and low for a European beach destination which feels like an undiscovered gem, and we finally think we’ve found it in Albania. This Balkan state borders Greece and Montenegro and has the same rugged charm and picturesque beaches of its neighbours. Those looking for clear blue seas to splash about in, in a largely unspoilt environment should consider taking a trip here.

You can fly direct to Albania’s capital, Tirana, so why not combine a beach break with a day or two of exploring the historical sights of the capital?

picture of a beach in Albania


Here at dealchecker we’re huge Prague fans. The Gothic architecture, pretty riverside and expansive squares get us into a swoon. However, as of late, we’ve been hearing interesting rumours about Brno, the second biggest city in the Czech Republic, and we’re itching to explore it.

With a whole host of quirky attractions, there is plenty to explore in this pretty city, from the lopsided clock tower at its centre to the mummified monks of the Capuchin Crypt. Those looking for romance should head to the Špilberk Castle which grants its visitors panoramic views across the city.

picture of Brno


Porto is often overlooked for the charms of its big sister, Lisbon. This, however, is a mistake. Those looking for a city with a laid-back vibe and gorgeous buildings in abundance will love all that Porto has to offer. Its food scene is famous, thanks in part to the fortified wine that is named after it, but that’s not where this ends. There are trendy rooftop bars serving delicious pizzas and cafes serving hearty stews. However, the francesinha is where Porto comes into its own. These huge sandwiches are a meat lover’s dream. Packed with sausage, bacon, steak, egg and plenty of oozing cheese, these delicious treats are served at restaurants throughout the city.

picture of tilework in Porto

Happy holiday hunting from the dealchecker team!