The best 2016 travel destinations for your vacation

The best 2016 travel destinations for your vacation

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Laura Cooper

Play our swipe quiz to find out which of the top 2016 travel destinations you should visit in the upcoming year. Select an “x” or a “check” for each destination, and receive a list of your 2016 travel bucket list at the end of the quiz.


Want to learn more about each area on our top 2016 travel destinations list? Read on:

Portugal

Portugal is on our 2016 travel destinations list for its great food, wine, and because it's not mainstream yet.

While small in size, Portugal offers endless attractions that take form of natural beauty, old fashioned villages, and scenic beaches. From fresh seafood to pretty cobblestone towns to medieval castles, Portugal never fails to impress. Delight your senses with the tastes of freshly baked bread and homemade wine, sounds of music and dancing filling the streets and bars, and sights of preserved town centers and stunning sunsets. Word of Portugal’s captivating beauty is spreading and it’s becoming a stop of many European bucket lists – make 2016 the year you visit.

Why go now? Compared to other tourist-heavy areas, Portugal isn’t at the top of many lists, meaning it’s still a hidden treasure offering reasonably priced hotels and restaurants! The cities offer a mix of authentic charm and beautiful beaches for the best of Europe. 

Brazil

Make Brazil one of your bucket list items for your 2016 travel destinations.

This year, Brazil will play host to the world’s largest sporting event, with the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics stretching across the country’s capital and millions of travellers exploring the culture, cities, famed beaches, and club scene. Whether you’re looking to catch a sports match or hoping to relax, Brazil has it all. Spice up your vacation with the lively dancing the country is known for, and don’t miss a visit to the Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Why go now? Rio de Janeiro is ready to welcome millions of visitors for the Olympics, so you’ll be treated to new restaurants, public transportation, and cultural sites on your visit.

Greenland

Visit Greenland as one of your 2016 travel destinations for amazing nature

Find your adventure in Greenland, home to magnificent scenery and vast wilderness attracting travellers to explore nature like no place else. Skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, dog sledding, and snowshoeing are just some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy (bundled up, of course!).  For a remarkable vacation, witness the aurora borealis, picture-perfect sunsets and charming small towns, and experience flightseeing, hot springs, whale watching, and more! Seasoned travellers seeking a unique destination can find their paradise in Greenland.

Why go now?  Inuit residents love to share their land and welcome visitors to experience their culture. Visit in March for the Arctic Winter Games or June/July for whalewatching.

Cuba

Havana Capitolio

Havana Capitolio, Cuba

Cuba is definitely one of the most talked about destinations of 2015 and 2016, and it continues to be one of our favourites. The island is on the brink of big changes with the United States and all that comes with it. Soak up the sun along the white sand beaches the island is known for, explore the charm of Havana, or enjoy the simple pleasures of Cuban music and dining. Cuba is constantly growing with new resorts opening, and now, with a new wave of travellers looking to enjoy the all-inclusive vacation lifestyle, there is no better time to visit Cuba than 2016.

Why go now? The US embargo lift means changes to come for US travellers, but also their neighbours (us!) and everyone else visiting. Changes aren’t certain, but some speculate preserving Cuba’s authentic culture may be challenging.

Japan

Visit Japan in 2016 for a top travel destination during the year of the Monkey

Japan offers a mix of vibrant experiences, from watching spectacular geisha dances to savouring cuisine from top-notch sushi restaurants. Japan is the center of pop culture where karaoke bars, Japanese manga, and the latest in fashion and technology thrive.  Hike the Japan Alps, browse the markets, and experience the warm Japanese welcome from residents. From the crowded capital of Tokyo to the serene gardens and temples of Kyoto to ski resorts in Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Japan has something for each type of traveller.

Why go now? 2016 is the year of the Monkey! Highlights include Anime Japan which takes place in Tokyo in March and the new Shin Godzilla will finally be released after a 12-year wait.

New Zealand

New Zealand is every sport enthusiasts dream for 2016 travel destinations.

Make your vacation adventurous this year with a visit to New Zealand, where bungee-jumping, surfing, hiking, eco-tourism, and volcanoes await. Adventure-sport enthusiasts, you’ve found your perfect destination with a visit to New Zealand! And in 2016, it’s all about travelling by bike: the New Zealand government just invested $80-million into the New Zealand Cycle Trail. More than 20 trails across the country – of varying difficulties — await for you and your bike this year.

Why go now? 2016 will pump up the outdoor activities available in New Zealand with the new cycle trail, but that’s not all! Visit Christchurch which has rebuilt after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, with the country’s best architects and builders coming together to reshape the city.

Fiji

Fiji is a hot spot for your cold winter 2016 travel!

Think white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and a vacation that’s away from it all. Introducing Fiji. This archipelago of over 300 islands is nestled amid the south pacific waters where you’ll truly enjoy a quiet vacation away from the stress of everyday life. Beaches are the main draw here, but explore the Fijan jungle or dive deep and explore the underwater world that surrounds the many islands.

Why go now? Goway cruises are seeing an increase in Fiji sales so you know it’s a hot spot for a cold winter!  Our A Taste of the South Pacific tour introduces travellers to the best of Australia and Fiji!

Botswana

Botswana is on our list of top 2016 destinations, for its amazing safaris

You’ll feel like family welcomed home rather than a tourist when you visit Botswana. Here you’ll find the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, luxurious camps and lodges that only accept a small number of tourists, so you’ll never feel like you’re in a large group or are just a number.  Fill your days with bird watching and safaris, and don’t forget to have your camera in hand for stunning sunsets and stargazing once night arrives.

Why go now? You won’t need a visa to visit these English-speaking African country, and the safaris will wow you and make you never want to leave! You’ll get a front row look at Africa’s nature shows, and G Adventures – now partnered with tripcentral.ca – can take you there.

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