Well, that’s Christmas done for another year. Now to more important matters: where to go in 2016.
The presents have been unwrapped and Christmas lunch has been consumed. Time to turn your mind to more pressing matters – like where you are going to travel to in the new year.
With that in mind we’ve gathered together our ‘Best of’ guides to some of Wanderlust’s most popular destinations to help you decide.
Evening view of Ama Dablam (Shutterstock.com)
Medieval cities, treks that take you amongst snow-capped Himalayan mountains, and jungle wildlife adventures – there truly is something for everyone in Nepal. And with the FCO finally lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Nepal, now is the time to make it happen.
Bogey Dulang Island (Shutterstock.com)
Adventure doesn't get more exciting than Borneo. With luscious rainforests, rare wildlife and diverse culture – this destination is perfect for adventure and nature lovers. No wonder it’s a long term favourite with Wanderlust readers. What are you waiting for?
Gold Buddha temple, Dambulla (Shutterstock.com)
Rising from tropical sandy beaches into cool highland regions, rich with temples and tea plantations shrouded in mist, Sri Lanka ticks every box for the adventurous traveller.
Iceland is wild – outside the buzzing, artistic capital, Reykjavík, it’s the natural wonders and sweeping empty landscapes that captivate. Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ grabs most visitors’ attention, with it’s thermal pools, waterfalls and geysers, but beyond that waits glaciers and volcanoes you can climb into and a plethora of wildlife.
The Plain of Bagan (Shutterstock.com)
Burma is back – waiting to beguile and delight. Whether you chose to call it Burma or Myanmar, this south-east Asian gem is truly an extraordinary country – its people, landscapes and culture are all unique. Travellers who visit Burma are welcomed by gentle, smiling people and some of the world’s most impressive monuments.
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park (Shutterstock.com)
The USA boasts some of the most spectacular and iconic national parks in the world and in 2016 they will be celebrating their 100th birthday. From Yosemite and Yellowstone through to the Arches in Utah and Badlands in South Dakota, the United States' impressive network of national parks offer stunning landscapes that you would never find elsewhere.
Petra Treasury at night (Shutterstock.com)
From the red-rose 'city' of Petra to the luxurious spas lining the Dead Sea, Jordan offers something for every taste and budget. Sprinkle in Jordan's tempting cuisine, great walking and canyoning, easily traversable distances and smiling people, and you've got the recipe for the perfect Middle East mezze
Pura Besakih Temple, Bali (Shutterstock.com)
The world's largest archipelago has somewhere between 13,000 and 18,000 islands, Indonesia, is a captivating mix of natural beauty and cultural depth, tropical islands and traditional lifestyles – at a bargain price.
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