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The top worldwide destinations to go to in 2016

It’s that time again; we’ve hit the New Year and have those New Year resolutions we have made on our minds. Heading out in to the big wide world and expanding your knowledge and experience is often a popular one. You can never be too cultured after all! With that in mind here are the top destinations of 2016. Maybe there’s at least one that will make it on your New Year’s travel resolution list…or maybe there’s 4.


New Zealand
What better place to go than a location full of areas of outstanding natural beauty and incredible ocean life. Whale watching is one of the biggest draws for heading here; for example, you can catch a glimpse of the endangered Bryde’s whale in the Hauraki Gulf. And we’ve all developed a fondness for penguins since Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries (and Happy Feet of course) and New Zealand has three species which you can see. If you a bit of a film buff then you can go on the Lord of The Rings tour and live the Tolkien-fan dream!

There are many travel options, one of the cheapest being backpacking. There are plenty of affordable camping and backpacking accommodation and some tours start at as little as £356. You can also hire a campervan and experience the Kiwi landscape in true traveler style.


There are so many interesting and historical things to see here but one of the lesser discovered gems is Hokkaido. It has an amazing ski experience and there are a range of areas in and around Hokkaido that fit different skill levels of skiers and snowboarders. If you’re looking for something more historical, Himeji-jō, Japan’s striking castle, is one of only a few remaining in the country. It’s surrounded by moats and defensive walls which were built in the 1500s and is a stunning sight to behold.

Because there are so many sights to see, it’s best to do some research and choose a holiday package that suits your particular Japan interests. On first glance it may seem an expensive place to visit but you can easily find a way of going that is within your budget. For example, the average cost of a bed in hostel is about 2000 yen, which is only about £11.

Travel bag with clothes and colorful planes flying out on grungy background

Full of natural wonders and listed by The Washington Post as one of the world’s most tourism-friendly countries, Canada is a place not to miss. If you want to experience history then tour Quebec, nestled in eastern Canada. Founded in 1608, it’s North America’ oldest walled city and offers quirky charm reminiscent of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s imagined Vulgaria. Another popular area to see is Alberta, a world heritage site; you can trek up the Rocky Mountains, sleep in a tipi or witness the miraculous Northern Lights whilst there.

Many universities are looking to help students experience more of the world through things like gap year programs, so you Canada is in your reach if you’re a student. Student travel institutions can help you secure your visa as well as take the hassle out of the organisation. For non-university students, look in to the working/backpacking opportunities and work whilst you backpack your way through the country.


Polar bears, waterfalls, and winter sports – what’s not see! There’s a host of natural beauty and wildlife to feats your eyes on. Key things to plan in are the top attractions, known as The Big Five: dog sledding, the otherworldly Northern Lights, seeing the icebergs, meeting the interesting local people, and whale watching. If you’re not too tired from all of that, try seeing the view from the top and go mountaineering. For fitness and sport fanatics, you can take part in the 160 kilometre Arctic Circle Race that involves 3 hard-core days in the mountains.

Many of the towns have only have a few hotels so it can be a bit pricey. However, there are hostels which give dorm room options as well as single and/or double rooms. You can cut down on hostel costs even further by going self-catering. If you want to save even more money then opt for camping; you can pitch up in most places, but the weather can be harsh so make sure you have all the necessaries for this.

Nathalie is a blogger with a passion for travel, fashion, family and cocktails. She blogs about her life and her interests at, a blog she set up prior to wedding the man of her dreams who she now lives with, along with fluffy cat James. You can follow Nathalie on Twitter here:

Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand photo from Shutterstock.
Himeji Castle in Himeji, Japan photo from Shutterstock.
Northern Lights Aurora Borealis photo from Shutterstock.

This article has 52 comments

  1. Elizabeth

    I hope to do a lot more traveling this year. I’ve already booked my ticket to Norway, and I’m training for an epic cycle through the highlands of Scotland… but I hope 2016 throws some travel surprises at me too. Great suggestions in this post (especially Canada – my home country!)

  2. Kristin Burdsall

    Japan is on the top of my list! Really want to do something different to the usual package holiday now my children are getting older. Its important to show children a holiday is so much more than a beach in Spain!

  3. Rachel

    The Northern Lights are something I really do want to see and Iceland is top of my list of places I want to visit x

  4. Hayley Todd

    Wow, there are some absolutely amazing destinations on this list! I have always wanted to see The Northern Lights but always thought of seeing them in Iceland, never Greenland!

  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    My husband spent some time in Japan when he was in the military and LOVED it. I would love to go someday.

  6. Paula Schuck

    New Zealand and Greenland have been on my bucket list for years. They are both so gorgeous.

  7. Stella

    I would love to visit Canada. Want to travel more this year.

  8. Catherine S

    These are all places I would love to visit one day. New Zealand and Japan are at the top of my list.

  9. Kacie

    Id love to visit all of these countries, but this year I’ll hopefully be heading to India for a friends wedding 🙂

  10. Amanda Ripsam

    I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario Canada and now that I live in Michigan I can say Canada is really a beautiful place to visit it’s such a melting pot of cultures

  11. Rebecca B.

    I would love to visit any of these destinations in 2016!! I can see why they are the top ones to go to this year!!

  12. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I would love to visit any of these. New Zealand has been on my list for a while now. It’s so beautiful.

  13. Lois Alter Mark

    The Northern Lights tops my bucket list, for sure! And I would love to visit New Zealand …

  14. Emerald

    I’ve always wanted to see Japan. Their culture, food, and architecture are so interesting to me.

  15. Lady Lilith

    There are so many amazing places to go and see. I would love to see them all.

  16. Diana Villa

    All those places sounds like a great option for my next vacation, but in the top of my list are Japan and Canada 😀

  17. Jeanette

    I have the travel bug bad! If I could afford it I would travel a whole lot more than what I do. I have been dying to go to New Zealand for very long time that is one of the trips that I am saving for now.

  18. Liz Mays

    It would be amazing to take a trip to New Zealand. I’d definitely want to see some of the ocean life!

  19. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I’ve been wanting to visit Asia for so long! I think Japan would be my first stop. I have been reading lots of great travel reviews about Japan and I would love to experience it first hand!

  20. lisa

    I would love to go to New Zealand and Canada! They look like amazing places to visit. We are thinking of going in a few more years when our kids are a little older.

  21. Terri Beavers

    I know I won’t make it to all of these this year but I just made sure they are on my bucket list. I’m still praying for a miracle for my back injuries so I can travel again.

  22. tiaras and tantrums

    you have listed everyone’s favorite spots to visit I dare say! i think we will be staying the the states again this year.

  23. Jaime Nicole

    Greenland is close enough to do for me. I would love to see New Zealand, but holy cow those are some really long flights to get there.

  24. Heather

    New Zealand is a place I’d love to see some day. I hope it is in the cards!

  25. Alanna

    New Zealand is on the top of my list of places to visit too! I would love to go backpacking there as well.

  26. Theresa

    New Zealand is definitely at the top of my travel bucket list! We are hoping to go to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls this summer, so hopefully we can get that crossed off our list this year.

  27. Ann Bacciaglia

    I have always wanted to go explore New Zealand. These are all great destinations. The Northern Lights would be amazing to see in Greenland.

  28. victoria

    This year i want to visit Paris and New Zealand i can’t wait to go there, This is the first time that i travel.

  29. MyTeenGuide

    From your list, I have only been to Japan. I would love to visit the other places one day.

  30. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    I want to see the Northern Lights. I’ve always been in awed looking at it on photos and videos and I want to witness it personally. Would also love to visit Japan!

  31. Chanise Kemp

    I would love to see the northern lights, it’s on my bucket list that I’m slowly starting to tick off. Maybe 2016 could be the year I see the Aurora Borealis?

  32. Chubskulit Rose

    Our kids have been asking us to go to New Zealand. That’s one place we really want to visit someday.

  33. OurFamilyWorld

    These are wonderful places. I have only been in Japan. Hopefully, this year I can travel again.

  34. Jennifer Haden

    Japan is definitely at the top of my list also, Greenland sounds so lovely too and different 🙂

  35. ricci

    I have never been to any of these places!! Adding Greenland to my bucket list!!

  36. Melissa

    There are so many beautiful places to visit. I would be happy going to any of them this year. I really want to travel at least once with my family this year.

  37. Eva Appleby

    Thank you for giving me some brilliant ideas

  38. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    Great places on your list!

    I have lived in Canada my entire life, but I have never lived far north enough to see the Northern Lights. One day we will make a trip out north, in the summer, to see them.

  39. vicky

    I would love to see the northern lights.

  40. Seattle Travel Blogger

    You have some nice travel itinerary here.
    Makes me wish to get out there more.

  41. Michelle Stokes

    The Northern Lights are on m bucket list of things to do!

  42. Crystal Lopez

    So many amazing places to visit! The lights over Greenland look absolutely beautiful!

  43. Susie Wilkinson

    I’d love to go to all 4 of these destinations, I spent a few days in New Zealand 10 years ago and it’s a lovely place, I’d live there tomorrow if I could!

  44. Marielle Altenor

    So many beautiful places to see….But the way my bank account is set up, I won’t be able to visit any of these places. Maybe next year?

  45. Gwen Maynard

    I really want to go to Canada to visit my cousin. I’ve never met her and it would be great to get to know her.

  46. Shannon Gurnee

    I’ve never been to any of those places, but would love to someday. I love watching travel bloggers though because it’s like I get to go with them.

  47. Kali filsell

    What an amazing selection of destinations I would love to go to Japan I love the food and I bet the history is amazing x

  48. rika

    I always want to visit Canada. So excited to bring my kids to Caribbean this year

  49. Digna

    Canada and Greenland are on my bucket list for travel. Right now, I am hoping to get out to my native Puerto Rico this year.

  50. Jessica Simms

    I can’t wait to travel and see the Nothern lights in person one day.

  51. Alison

    These places look absolutely stunning! I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights and now you’ve reminded me of just that! I definitely need to work on traveling more.

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