As the summer season of 2016 is around the corner, its time to look up and plan to travel to a popular holiday destination. Its quite tempting to go back to the same places which we have been to before like London, Paris and so on. But how about challenging ourselves to go to new places and discover something spectacular? Here we shall look into some trending destinations of 2016.

1. Botswana


Botswana, located in Southern Africa bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia is a landlocked country. National parks and reserves make up more than a third of the country. The best times to pay a visit will be from April through to September, as these are the prime times of the year to go on safaris. If you are looking for budget prices, you can pay a visit during the spring time, from September to December, but go prepared for high temperatures.

The most popular tourist attraction in Botswana is the Okavango Delta which is an inland of flood plain of islands and waterways. The delta is famous for its remarkable wildlife, with a wide range of mammals and birds. An excellent place for bird watchers to spend time in. Other attractions include the Kalahari desert or the Chobe National Park. The heart and soul of Botswana lies on the safari tours and you cannot come back from there without ever going on one, it is an impossible feat. On top of that, you can stop over to see the tribes which include the Tswana and the Bayei.

2. Japan

The 'land of the rising' sun as it's known, is a superb place to visit this year if you want a blend of 'modern and ancient' experience. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Japan, despite the frequent showers. The best times to visit isn't consistent throughout the country due to changes in weather from one place to another.

There are many places to visit in Japan depending on your likes, be it art and history, adventure, beauty; this country has it all. The Golden Pavilion is very popular amongst tourists and so is the Tokyo Imperial Palace that is home to the Emperor which comprises of a museum too, where you can witness Japanese art and history. If you are in for a bit of an adventure, then you can try Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, a popular destination for sightseers and climbers. Other places to visit include, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Kiyomizu-dera, Tokyo Tower and so many more.

3. Eastern Bhutan

Bhutan, a country bordered by Nepal, Burma and Bangladesh is known for its untouched beauty. The east receives far less tourists than the west where food and accomadation is much more simpler. You can be rewarded with a view of traditional dzongs, flamboyant fabric and embroidery, temples and a wide range of birds, if you decide to pay a visit.

Things you shouldn't miss out in Eastern Bhutan include the dzong in Mongar, Yongla Gompa a famous monastery, Trashigang dzong a traditional dzong which sits on a hilltop and Chorten Kora a magnificent stupa. It has so much more to offer too.

4. Palau

The republic of Palau, in the western Pacific ocean, is an island country with a population of around 21,000. It is an archipelago of about 200 islands with an expanse of large forestry. For an out of the world experience, heres the place to be. With explicitly beautiful sceneries, tropical climate and pristine beaches, it is a paradise for snorkelers and divers. The crystal clear waters is a wonderful place for a good swim too.

The main attraction is for divers with very splendid dive sites that are known to be world class. Divers will encounter an immaculate experience of the sea, wrecks and the wealth of marine life it provides. For history enthusiasts there are many World War II relics that can be witnessed in the jungle and you'll also be busy exploring some museums in the area.

5. Latvia

Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus which has a coastline of about 531km along the Baltic sea. June to mid September is the best time to travel when the weather is warm and there is an abundance of local food. Latvia is covered by dense forests which have a rich wildlife.

Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be explored when in Latvia. Another place to explore is Jurmala, a resort town that extends to about 32 km. The Gauja National Park is a popular tourist attraction, it being the oldest national park of Latvia, boasts of a variety of animals and birds, landforms, springs, scenic views and historical monuments. Spectacular sandstone outcrops, cliffs and caves are some of the other main attractions of this park. A must see and a must go.

6. Thailand

Thailand, a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula, is bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia and the Andaman Sea. Thailand is a tourist's paradise with its enthralling places like Bali and Phuket.

If you are in the look out to dive into crystal clear waters, enjoy exquisite local cuisine and just explore in general, this might be the place for you. For history buffs, you are not left out of the fun. You can explore 700 year old temples, old cities and palaces and ancient Buddhists structures. Don't miss out on Khao Yai National Park, home to elephants where you will get the opportunity to spend time with them, trek, bathe them and even feed them.

7. Greenland

Finally, we move on to the 'land of the midnight sun', Greenland, a country known for its freezing temperatures can actually be a delightful tourist destination. The world's largest island, which has the lowest population density, boasts of many attractions and activities.

What's there to see in Greenland? For a start, there are amazingly beautiful glaciers and icebergs you can witness, especially the Ilulissat Icefjord. You can also observe the animal life in Greenland which include whales, seals, walruses, reindeer, polar bears and many others.

Moving on to the famous Midnight sun, a natural phenomenon, where the sun does not set for for several days or months. Many tourists go to witness the spectacular view as the midnight sun sets, which creates a magnitude of colors on the moving icebergs. Another natural phenomenon to witness is the Northern lights, dancing with its diverse colours- yellow, green, red, white. The sight is said to be magnificent. Mountain climbing, hiking , kayaking and dog sledding a tundra are some activities you might be interested in when in Greenland.


Some other destinations you might be interested in, this travel season include Australia, Poland, Uruguay, Fiji and the USA. In the comments section below, leave us a detailed description of your recent trips to wondrous places you have been to. If you are raving to tell someone about your amazing experiences, we are here to listen.

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