Each New Year brings with it a to-visit wish list for the core traveler. Some places never seem to lose their pristine charm and make it to the list year-after-year while some get added for the sake of changes in the travel restrictions or become famous due to global events.
Here is a list of best places to visit now.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
The Isthmus of Panama houses some of the most pristine natural beauty in Latin America. The dense tropical rain forests, coral reefs abounding in aquatic life, wide savannas, and pleasingly deserted beaches all contribute to its ornate charm. The latest tranquil point to emerge on explorers’ lists is Bocas del Toro, an archipelago comprising nine islands with hundreds of cays and islets.
Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France
One of the earliest winemaking areas in Burgundy, the Côte d’Or attracts hordes of wine pilgrims from across the globe. Apart from this, UNESCO adorned this region on the coveted World Heritage List. An upcoming wine centre – the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne – will further accentuate the travel value of this place. This maze-like wine terrain just three hours’ drive from Paris is a must see place.
One of the most revered cities of the world, this Holy City is linked to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It has consistently been one of the must-visit places for many worshippers. The Old City of Jerusalem houses several sacrosanct religious sites such as the Temple Mount, Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. If you are looking forward to a more contemporary life in the sacred city, don’t miss a tour of the Mahane Yehuda market in West Jerusalem.
This place attracts tourists all-round the year. If you want to go whale-watching, visit the place in March-April. If you are looking to experience the fervor of the crowds at festival times, take a trip sometime between May and September. This immaculately gardened island country has another façade to it. Contestants of Non-Mariners’ Race build the lousiest vessels to check on who sinks fastest; and policemen and businessmen vow to wear knee-high socks on their shorts, just wanting to look anachronistic!
This Himalayan Buddhist kingdom is one of the most peaceful places on the Earth. To get to this place, fly around the tall mountain peaks and land in the Paro Valley which is the prime tourist hub. Eastern Bhutan still remains quite virgin as it remains mostly unexplored by tourists. The laborious two-day journey here holds many rewards. In Lhuntse village, women bring their brilliantly hued silk commodities to Bhutanese merchants, who come here to buy precious Kushutara textiles. Bhutan boasts one of the most welcoming locales that you can ever get.
Largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has a lot of attractions and activities for the tourists. Known for its ship-building heritage, tourists visiting Glasgow can see many of the ocean liners under construction when they pay a visit to the banks of the River Clyde. Britain’s most revered contemporary art exhibition The Turner Prize will be held for the first time in Tramway, Glasgow’s former streetcar terminus. The mood is very well spiced up with brilliant music that really propels Glasgow’s cultural heart. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Science Centre and St. Andrew’s Cathedral are some of the major attractions here that tourists should never miss.
The whispering wind kisses the snowy surface. The breath of Arctic air is crisp and the touch of rocky shores – coarse. Here, we are very close to nature. Greenland is referred as Kalaallit Nunaat by indigenous Inuit, is a massive, stone-faced giant covered by a sheet of ice. Aquamarine rivers doodle through its white void, nourishing the thundering waterfalls that drift into enormous fjords. The kayak gets you closer to spouting whales. Nuuk, Greenland’s capital hosts the 2016 Arctic Winter Games, where you can witness skiing; ice hockey as well as the ancient games of finger pull and kneel jump.
The list is never-ending, but then a traveler is left with only twelve months a year! The advent of the year is sure to bubble up your moods and help you make your travel plans. Don’t lose this opportunity and time to zero in on your favorite destination this year.