Where will you go in 2017?


Top 10 cities for youth travel in 2017

Published January 20th, 2017

We’ve taken a look at the stats, explored all the lands and have now chosen ten cities emerging in popularity among Universal Traveller travellers that we predict to keep growing in 2017.

Cross checking a number of different sources from air ticket purchases to accommodation bookings and increased social chatter, here is our list of the top ten cities to head to in 2017.


Dating back over 1,100 years, the capital of Ireland boasts a hearty heritage, founded as a viking settlement, it has come a long way since then and is now one of Europe’s most youthful cities (literally 50 percent of the population is under 25) and is quickly becoming a top city for us young Aussies to travel to.

Dublin also happens to boast a robust drinking culture (shocking right) rooted in the city’s historical and world renowned pubs. One of the reason’s why Dublin has some of the best pubs in Europe is because unlike in the UK, public houses aren’t owned by brewery chains so therefore there’s usually a wonderfully extensive range of micro-brewed and local beers to choose from.


Wander along the picturesque canals as you hear the ding ding of the passing bicycles, Amsterdam is a city that just keeps getting better and better and 2017 looks set to be one of it’s biggest yet if the number of young Aussies planning to travel there is anything to go by.

An exciting addition to the city in 2017 will be the trendy now-global members’ club Soho House aimed at young creative and media professionals to inspire one another, relax and exchange ideas. Who’d have thought that this chill af city could get any cooler? Well, it just did.


‘Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you might miss it.’ If you didn’t know any better you might have thought Ferris Bueller was talking about what it’s like to visit Tokyo where it’s all go go go! It’s no wonder us youngins are heading to Japan’s capital in droves.

It’s a city full of shinning skyscrapers, kooky fashion trends and more shops (and unusual shop vending machines) than you could possibly explore in a lifetime. You’ll also find the most flavour in a street-side bowl of ramen as you would in one of the city’s many Michelin star restaurants (it has the most of any other city).


Nishi-Shinjuku at night. Welcome to 2017 everyone!!!!

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As Vietnam's second largest city and its capital, Hanoi has its fair share of simmering energy (although it's known to be much more relaxed than Ho Chi Minh City) and is proving to be an up-and-coming destination for food and cultural experiences on a shoestring budget.

The best way to understand the bustle of this city is to simply wandering the Old Quarter. Then if you’re feeling game, jump on the back of a motorbike where the road rules are that there ain't any.


Love this view from a local shop to the streets of #hanoioldquarter by @russellrabanal #Hanoi #Hanoicapital #Vietnam

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A city on the rise, Manchester hasn't rested on the laurels of its industrial past. It continues to channel its energies into urban renewal programs, multiple museums and galleries and a thriving student population.

Oh there are a few sporting ties there too (ahem Manchester United) as well as a pretty notable impact on the UK music industry that just keeps on giving. You may have heard of a couple of its little bands called Oasis or The Smiths, yeah?


The ancient city is heating up in 2017, set to be one of the top destinations especially during the European summer when everyone in Oz is rugged up and you could be indulging in the delicious gelato of Giolitti near The Pantheon.

Or perched at a streetside table watching the throngs of people pass by while you sip on a classic Roman aperitif of white wine, Campari or Aperol with sparkling water. Experience the real Rome by jumping on the back of a scooter to zip around town just living your best La Dolce Vita.


Madrid is Spain’s central capital with elegant boulevards, gothic backstreets and expansive manicured parks. You’ve also got the modern Spanish masters Picasso, Dali and Miro on display at the out of this world Prado Museum plus of course the home of Real Madrid FC.

Of course if you’re a bit more gastronomically inclined you also have some serious Sangria to get stuck into, because wine is food right, it has grapes?


Chulada de evento hoy a 4 grados friooooo

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Split is a quickly evolving city in line with the fast-growing country that is Croatia. Thanks to the killer sailing tours on offer now that rival the likes of the Greek Islands, along with loyal Game of Thrones fans seeking the real life incarnations of Kings Landing, Croatia has seen a spike in tourism through 2016 that’s set to continue this year.

When you’re not exploring the seemingly endless well of culture and history found within the bustling streets of Split, look further afield to the incredible natural beauty that skirts the city borders. From the deep turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea to the commanding panoramas created by the Dinaric Alps, this is a landscape that invites year round enjoyment.



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Don’t be deceived by its small town look and feel, this place packs one hell of a punch. Voted one of the world’s biggest adventure capitals, Queenstown is not one to be missed in 2017. From the incredible views over Lake Wakatipu to the overhead mountain range of The Remarkables, whatever adventure or experience you choose you’ll be sure to do it surrounded by the best mother nature has to offer.

There’s water skiing and wakeboarding to get you moving on the lake and then there’s the gravity defying Shotover Jet to really wake you up. Hit the fresh pow pow or go for a hike to absorb and appreciate the gorgeous surrounds. Safe to say that the words ‘I’m ready to go home now’ have never been uttered here.


Move with the wind.

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From the Baroque and Rococo architecture to the top-notch brewskis it’s no wonder Germans constantly rate this as the most liveable city in the world. It also holds the two very best unis in Germany and a lush countryside only 30mins away on the S-Bahn. But what you really want to hear about is the beer right, okay so it’s probably the most beer-centric city in the whole world, being the host of the annual month long Oktoberfest.

A right of passage for many young Germans and Aussies alike who wish to experience the chants and songs of the huge beer hall/tents and see the colourful parade of carriages and floats through the streets of Munich. Who doesn’t want to wear some Lederhosens or a Dirndl right? Prost.

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.