2016-2-19 11:24


Getting in shape, staying in touch with friends: the new year is all about making resolutions. Perhaps on your list for 2016 is the goal to travel more. But with so many destinations to choose from, deciding where to go can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the experts have done the hard work for you by rounding up the top places to visit in 2016.
1. Bocas del Toro, Panama
You'll feel like you're in Bali rather than Central America in this archipelago that's just a one-hour flight away from Panama City. The area is "home to some of the purest natural beauty in Latin America , with dense tropical rain forests, wide savannas, coral reefs bursting with aquatic life, and delightfully deserted beaches."
2. Guadalajara, Mexico
This Mexican city is less about the ocean and sand and more about the architecture, music and art scene. Jazz music fills the area while murals by greats like José Clemente Orozco hang in local buildings.
3. Richmond, Virginia
The Southern city has been drawing history buffs for years, but with the addition of more art galleries and shopping destinations like Carytown, there's a new crowd coming to town. With craft beers, vegan baked goods and bike paths, this capital has all the markings of a hipster haven.
4. Lille, France
We all know Paris is about fashion and design, but located just a couple hours away by car, another charming town is making its mark on the industry. There's a modern art museum and the city "supports emerging fashion designers by providing them with retail space and business mentorship."

5. Iran
While other places mentioned on the list are cities in major countries, the publication decided to highlight the entire country of Iran. Their highlights include the "gorgeous architecture and Great Bazaar of Esfahan; the mosques of Kashan, the retreat of Safavid kings; and the extraordinary gardens of Shiraz."
6. Lanai, Hawaii
It's almost a given that a Hawaiian destination would make the list, but Lanai is truly an escape even in paradise. There are no traffic lights on the island and only two hotels, making it feel like your very own slice heaven.
7. Hangzhou, China
As one of the wealthiest cities in China, this metropolis is home to luxury hotels, an eatery from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and remarkable architecture. The hyper-modern feel is balanced out well with the natural beauty of West Lake, making it an ideal destination that suits a variety of traveler needs.
8. Douro Valley, Portugal
Forget Napa Valley, Douro Valley was actually the world's first officially designated wine region and still holds on strong to its roots. A visit here is filled with rolling hills and numerous wineries serving up some sensational sips.