A new year always opens up so many possibilities, including hopes for travel. There are roughly 196 countries around the globe right now. Very few of us are likely to visit them all, like this British 24-year-old did (he set the bar pretty high.) But that doesn't mean that our travel itineraries shouldn't stray beyond London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney. The whole point of travel is to see new places, have new experiences, and, at least for people like us, eat new food.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 unexpected destinations for your first trip of the New Year. Each of them will enrich your life, expand your horizons, yield Instagram photos that will make everyone jealous (and make them Google where you are, exactly) — and introduce you to some gustatory treats you may not yet have encountered.
Check out our list, which ranges from Friuli, a northeastern Italian region bordering Austria and Slovenia, to Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island nation off South America’s northern coast. Happy dreaming!