No, you're not supposed to believe everything you read... especially not on the Internet. But when destinations get persistent, red-hot attention in the travel media — well, we'll stop and take notice. Indeed, everyone is buzzing about these six places across multiple continents, so we're adding them to our bucket lists pronto.
chose Botswana as its No. 1 country to visit in 2016. As reasons why, the travel bible cites that the country is, "democratic, progressive, enlightened — but above all, invigoratingly wild.” Taking safaris through game reserves are already on most peoples’ bucket lists. And for a little more unexpected adventure, take a hot air balloon ride over the Kalahari Desert.
2. Bocas del Toro, Panama
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cited the huge variety of landscapes as a major reason to visit: “dense tropical rain forests, wide savannas, coral reefs bursting with aquatic life, and delightfully deserted beaches.” Clear water, friendly locals, and Caribbean vibes will greet you in this chilled out nine-island heaven. Hire a local to take you to some remote snorkeling spots.
CNN picked Taiwan as one of its up-and-coming destinations of the year, describing “the island’s natural beauty... events such as cherry blossom festivals and the Lantern Festival, as well as its award-winning cuisine" as compelling reasons to visit. From the modern Tapei capital to picturesque Sun Moon Lake, there is something for nature and city lovers alike here.
The New York Times
chose Mexico City as its top place to visit in 2016, and it seems that’s based mostly on incredible food and inspiring art scenes. Spend your time strolling the vibrant streets, markets, and cathedrals. Don’t forget to visit the most famous Basilica of Our Lady of Gaudalupe, and the Frida Kahlo Museum — which was once the great artist's home.
includes Bermuda in its "best trips of 2016" roundup. And it's easy to see why: Scuba dive to shipwrecks, ride scooters around the island, and learn to sail in Bermuda. Take photos at the Pinterest-famous pink sand beaches, and stay at a top-of-the-line resort like Cambridge Beaches.
CN Traveler summed it up: “At this moment, on all fronts, Australia is simply — as the kids say — crushing it.” The time to visit is now. Every meal is Top Chef quality, Melbourne is one of the coolest cities in the world, and the country as a whole has numerous dream destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach.
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