It’s that time of year again, when you’re probably thinking about which destinations to put on your travel list for 2016. At Winner, we suggest skipping the touristy places like New York City or Paris and heading somewhere a little more interesting. Here’s our top list of destinations:
For a truly scenic vacation, head to the Mediterranean town of Kotor. You’ll find beautiful Venecian-style architecture, gorgeous views, quaint, friendly locals, and a tranquil body of water surrounded by mountains.
This African country is rich with wildlife, from elephants to lions to buffalo and more. Take a safari ride via an open 4WD vehicle or by canoe through the area’s floodplains. Because of the vast wilderness and just a handful of safari lodges, you’ll get near exclusivity.
If you’re a foodie, head to Seattle next year. The city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is quickly booming with culinary treats and the streetcar system as well as the light rail are expanding to improve connectivity.
For a taste of culture and music, skip the classy, formal Edinburgh and take a trip to Glasgow. You’ll find festivals, gardens, parks, and musicians all over the place, and an overall laid-back vibe.
Volcanoes National Park
If you’re looking for a national park with an edge, check out the Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. With active volcanoes constantly spewing lava, beautiful rain forests, and plenty of historical sights to see, it’s an experience out of the ordinary.
Want turquoise waters, gorgeous beaches, and lush greenery nearly all to yourself? The Pacific Ocean archipelago of around 250 islands is bursting with snorkeling and diving opportunities as well as World War II wreckage.
Despite bordering the Rocky Mountains, Denver is more than just skiing and snowboarding. Year-round, the city is filled with art, music, beer, and plenty of outdoor adventures for all ages.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
For a taste of authentic Mexico, head to an area in the western part of the country. Just a few miles from Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit spans about 200 miles along the Pacific coast and boasts top-grade surf, cobblestone streets, and lots of local flavor.
Country is still the heart of Music City, but its unique culture is an equal draw for many travelers. From concert halls to festivals to commendable restaurants, there’s something for everyone to explore.
Do you have a destination suggestion? We’d love to hear it!