Wilderness, wildlife and culture – these themes will illuminate upcoming year’s travel itineraries. Emerging destinations speak for what 2016 is all about. Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like the fledging nations. Leaving no stone unturned, these are the 5 destinations that you will love in 2016.
Cuban old-fashioned charm, culture and well-preserved Spanish architecture are the up and coming reasons as Cuba now tops the list of emerging places to visit. Now that U.S travel sanctions have been lifted from Cuba for the first time since 1962, Americans are eager to jet off to the unknown Carribean island. U.S. citizens can legally travel to Cuba if they are engaging in 12 categories of activities such as professional research, participating in an athletic event, performing in a concert, working on a humanitarian project or taking part in educational activities. Travel like a local by taking a specially curated tour which guides you through Cuban culture, people, art and more—especially helpful for first-time travelers.
Gigantic glistening glaciers, brilliant-blue icebergs and constant hazy daylight or deep perpetual polar darkness, epitomize the land of the midnight sun. Aurora borealis is a dizzying and dazzling celestial spectacle of piercing greens, seen in winter. The diversity of vacation experience is endless. Head to Iceland’s remote west for an adventure in newly-opened ice cave Into the Glacier. Another option would be the Iceland Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, a set-in nature spa that’s located in the heart of Iceland. From an outdoor spa, waterfall, in-water massages, saunas, lounges and plenty of dining, it’s the ultimate serene vacation experience.
Explore this extraordinary land in Southeast Asia which is home to gilded pagodas, bustling street bazaar and beautiful Buddhist tamples. Experience the Belmond Governor’s Residence for a luxe stay in Yangon, Myanmar. The secluded colonial-style mansion hotel dates back to the 1920s and boasts lotus pools, fan-cooled verandas and pagodas for guests to enjoy. Myanmar’s diverse culture lends a travel experience that offers a wide array of activities for travelers to experience while visiting.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is an independent nation of humble and hardworking people. The nation lies in the Oceania region. A country for indigenous tribes, many of whom are newly unearthed, annual tribal festivals are an enchanting and riotous time to witness. Rainforests, beaches and misty mountains, Papua New Guinea has it all. One of the wilderness frontiers, this collection of islands and one large mainland island in the South Pacific, it owns some of the best diving and snorkelling areas in the world, just as it is home to sharks and migrating whales as well as sloping forested walls and undersea steps of coral. This place is a whole island of new discoveries, beautiful natural landscape forms, and an admirable culture of the people dwelling in it.
It is the original Jurassic Park, where dinosaurs once roamed. Madagascar is a prehistoric evolutionary cauldron of endemic species and wildlife, an ultimate dream destination for outdoor lovers. The vast and varied landscapes, from tropical rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia to spiny-dry forest and semi-arid desert canyons at Isalo National Park. The main island and offshore islands feature some of the most spectacular isolated white-sand beaches in the world at Nosy Be and the Nosy Mitsio archipelago. 2016 will reap the rewards of recent political stabilization, with improved infrastructure and conservation. New flight routes have just launched both internally and internationally. Madagascar is finally stepping out and is totally worth to visit.