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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DCU chapter.

Year in, year out, we swear that come midnight on New Year’s Eve we will reinvent ourselves and achieve all sorts of wonderful things in the next 12 months. Often, we fail miserably within the first week and decide that it’s best to try again next year. For 2017, my only resolution is to see more of the world but trying to scrape spare change together can be a nightmare and deciding where to go is never easy. This year why not ditch traditional resolutions and create a bucket list of destinations to visit in 2017? Here are some of my top tips for places to see this year:


  • London Baby! 

London is undeniably one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Whether you decide to visit Buckingham Palace, embrace the vibrant street art of Brick Lane, do some high street shopping on Oxford Street or take a magical trip to Warner Bros Studios to the set of Harry Potter, London has something for everyone. Soak up a show on the West End or visit the Board Game Café, experience Piccadilly Circus at night time and stroll through Covent Garden, London is a city for dreamers. As the creative hub of Europe, the UK capital is a city not to be missed.  

  • Amsterdam 

I know what you’re thinking, everyone and their mother have been to ‘The Dam’ in the past year but it’s easy to see why. Some of the top things to do in the city include hiring pedal boats to tour along the canal, taking a walking tour of the Red Light District and don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to Amsterdam’s famous Ice Bar. If you enjoy museums there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with perhaps the most intriguing of which being a tour of the Anne Frank House. While the city has gained a reputation of being one of the more expensive places in Europe to visit, it can be done on a budget and is a prime city break for students. Believe me, it will not disappoint!  

  • Budapest 

The Hungarian city is one of the cheapest cities in Europe to visit and definitely one of the most enjoyable. With famous Roman bath and spa parties taking place every Saturday night and pub crawls to some of the most unique bars in the world, boredom is never a threat in Budapest. One of the city’s hidden gems is Margrit Island in the Danube river that for one week a year holds Europe’s Urban Sziget Music Festival. Budapest offers a summer holiday with a difference, all the perks of a city break but with beautiful hidden baths and pools that offer the relaxation and pampering of a luxury sun holiday. It’s one experience you will never forget! 


One of the most important things to remember is not to be put off by the cost of travel, experience is far more valuable than money will ever be. Make your own 2017 travel bucket list and make this the year you begin to explore the world around you. Happy Travels!  


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Hey guys! I'm Megan and I'm from Ireland. I'm studying Journalism in Dublin City University.