With 2015 officially done (and its best destinations checked off your to-do list), it’s time for a brand new set of places to put your passport through its paces.
The top travel spots of 2016 offer something for everyone. There are countries celebrating major milestones, old favourites resurfacing for fresh reasons, and changes in travel restrictions that make some locations more accessible than ever. The big destinations are getting bigger. The up and coming destinations are dangling on the cusp of a tourism rush.
It’s time to start making travel plans before your newly restocked vacation days burn a hole in your digital pocket. These are our picks for the best places to travel in 2016.
Botswana is getting a lot of buzz in 2016. The southern African nation is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its independence this year, and there’s plenty to celebrate.
Not only is Botswana one of the continent’s most stable countries, it’s also one of its most vibrant, wild and breathtakingly beautiful. Set your sights on the Okavango Delta region, one of the world’s premier safari destinations, where both the big five game animals and more unusual species roam freely.
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See the real India before a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book hits big screens later this year. The state of Madhya Pradesh is home to a number of national parks and natural reserves that will make you feel like Mowgli. For a different Indian experience, try the remote Andaman Islands. They aren’t easily accessible, but your reward for making the journey is a perfect paradise of unspoilt beaches.