Top 10 Destinations of 2016 - Brownell Travel

Top 10 Destinations of 2016

A new year means new adventures, and our beautiful world isn’t short of places to explore. We’ve rounded up our top 10 destinations of 2016. Some are close, some are distant; some are new areas of old favorites and others are emerging as hot spots. So cheers to traveling well and Discovering More in 2016!

1. Colombia

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Colombia boasts amazing beaches, fascinating sites, and an intriguing culture and history.

2. New Zealand

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Adventure awaits you when you travel to New Zealand. From sky diving to bungee jumping to helicoptering, there is no shortage of activities for adrenaline junkies.

3. Cuba

Cuba-PolychromaticCuba is all the buzz right now thanks to the US lifting travel restrictions, and people are rushing to experience this country before it is commercialized.

4. Canadian Arctic

PolarBearTrekkingFor many travelers who have been around the world, the Canadian Arctic is the last frontier. You can see the Northern Lights, vast wildlife (polar bears, walruses, narwhals, and more!), and snorkeling (yep!).

5. Puglia, Italy

BorgoEgnaziaPool_VirtuosoPhotoItaly is always a good idea, but if you have hit the hot spots—Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast—there is still more to see! Puglia (the heel part of the boot) offers beaches, archaeological sites, and a vibrant culinary tradition that focuses on fresh produce (google “food in Puglia” to get a visual on this…just don’t try to eat your screen!)

6. East Africa

IMG_1147From witnessing The Great Migration to gorilla trekking, East Africa offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that keep travelers coming back again and again.

7. Sri Lanka

Sri-Lanka-ElephantThe “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” is becoming quite a hot spot. This island, located off the coast of India, has beaches, elephants, and tea…lots of tea!

8. Western US

Paws Up_family members on horsesThe Dixie Chicks weren’t kidding when they sang people needed “wide open spaces.” If you share their sentiment, a ranch vacation is sure to do the trick. Whether you want to go with your family, your spouse, or solo, luxury ranches offer all the activities the West has to offer without sacrificing comfort.

9. Thailand

Thailand-PalaceSoutheast Asia has so much to offer, and Thailand is a must-see—from the buzzing capital of Bangkok to the elephant camps to the islands.

10. St. Kitts


While the Caribbean is always a good spot for sun and sand, St. Kitts is the place to go with a new Park Hyatt is slated to open in late 2016.