Whether it’s discovering a charming city tucked into the summery climate of South Carolina or trekking up an island volcano for a breathtaking view of the Pacific, there’s just something about exploring a new destination for the very first time. Despite our infatuation with our home base in Chicago, one of our favorite parts of our job is discovering the many gems hidden throughout the world. 2017 was a great year for pushing our boundaries and getting out in the world, and we want to share a few of our favorite trips with you.

Maui, Hawaii (Grand Wailea)

If, in your life, you have the opportunity to go to Hawaii, then by all means, go to Hawaii! The moment we stepped through the doors of Grand Wailea, we knew it was going to be an amazing trip. From navigating the beautiful Haleakala National Park to making some aquatic friends sunning on Wailea beach, Maui completely stole our hearts.

Charleston, South Carolina (Renaissance Charleston)

As anyone can tell you, it’s not hard to fall in love with the charm of Charleston. We loved strolling along rainbow row to see the beautiful houses dotting the streets, and we kicked back with delicious sips and bites at all the local hot spots. Our suggestion? Discover the beautiful southern touches of Nathaniel Russell House.

Riviera Maya, Mexico (Rosewood Mayakoba)

They say life is better by the beach, and when it comes to Cancún, we couldn’t agree more. Every spot you explore in is teeming with color and life. From strolling the pristine beaches to savoring every bite of delicious cuisine, you feel like you’re in the most exotic place on earth. Grab a spot on the sand and start relaxing.

Sedona, Arizona (L’Auberge de Sedona)

When was the last time you took a look in your own backyard? The United States has no shortage of breathtakingly beautiful hidden treasures, one of them being Sedona, Arizona. Get an early start to the day and hike the Cathedral Rock at Red Rocks State Park for an all-around amazing view. We guarantee you won’t regret it.

Osaka, Japan (Conrad Osaka)

Stepping through cherry blossom trees to take in the modern skyline of Osaka, Japan is an adventure everyone should experience. We can attest that the rich history and bold architecture make this city a must-see. After visiting the breathtaking Katsuo-ji temple to navigating the bustling streets downtown, you’ll never want to leave the exciting city of Osaka.

Those were some of our top trips of 2017, but there are so many more we looking forward to taking! We’ll keep you updated as we continue to globetrot.

BCV’s Top Trips of 2017: And Why They Should Be on Your List was written by Charlotte Williams, Junior Copywriter and photos were taken by Angela Terimer.