Looking for an exciting place to visit this year? Luckily, there are many gorgeous destinations that wait for you out there, the only thing you need to do is to book your plane ticket and accommodation. We have a beautiful planet, with a significant number of places to see, so you won’t run out of options when it comes to traveling destinations. Wish to know what are the hottest spots to travel to in 2016? Take a look at the following list and see if any of them looks appealing to you.

  • Botswana

In 2016, Botswana will celebrate 50 years of independence, years during which the country developed and grew, maximizing its potential through tourism and now only. If you wish to see stunning scenery and plentiful wildlife, this is the place to be. You will get the chance to visit both the delta and desert, each of them with its one of a kind landscape and beautiful birds and animals. About 17% of the entire territory of Botswana is used for natural parks, so it will be a total delight to go through these places. Make sure not to miss the Okavango Delta, the jewel of the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Japan

The Japanese people are known for being fond of their heritage and traditions, anyone coming as a visitor to the country will be able to enjoy them. There is an interesting contrast between the ultra-modern urban areas and the countryside, in perfect communion with nature and existing as they did since the beginning of time, in the presence of wooden temples. Whether you visit Tokyo, if you want to take a slice of the modern lifestyle in the area, or Kumano Kodo, near Osaka, a place of hidden shrines in the deep dark forest, Japan is a must-see place this year.

  • Palau

If you want to escape the concrete jungle, why not choose a green one instead? In Palau, you will be able to connect with nature, through the numerous natural wonders that can be seen here, like nowhere else in the world. An impressive barrier reef, extending over 110 km, islands made out of limestone and volcanic matter, covered by mangroves and tropical forests, all these make Palau a breathtaking corner of our world. The best part about Palau is that you can visit throughout the year because the temperatures and rainfall don’t vary too much. Still, it can be quite rainy in the second half of the year, in case you wish to avoid a too humid atmosphere.

  • Latvia

Another country with an incredible culture, where castles and manors can still be seen roaming the area grandiose, just like they have been centuries ago, make it a fairytale land. Luckily, most of these places are today museums or, even better, inns for visitors. The food here is also a must-try, being a combination of old traditional flavors and modern influences brought by Nordic chefs. And, while you are here, do make sure to try the sauna. The custom here is to spend 15 minutes in the hot steaming sauna, so you can go out and jump in a nearby pond, lake, or sea. Here, in the land where legends say that tradition of the Christmas tree started, the best way to get the pulse of the city is to grab a snack, mostly consisting of smoked fish, and a pint of beer.

  • Australia

For the people that do not live there or anywhere around, Australia can become the next exotic destination. You can visit the Grand Barrier Reef, located near Queensland, or experience a part of the indigenous culture in the country. In fact, indigenous tourism is expanding at a very fast rate, due to the large Aboriginal land rights that are started to be recognized in the area. There are also many UNESCO heritage sites you can enjoy in Australia, besides the beauty of the urban areas. Visiting one of the largest countries in the world can be an extraordinary traveling experience, because everything here developed separately from the rest of the world, including wildlife, culture and traditions.

  • Poland

You will love visiting the colorful and authentic looking cities of Poland, where gothic turrets can still be seen, with buildings painted in various colors and architecture that remind us of the past centuries. But besides the cities, you can visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine if you like going underground. In every corner of the country, legends lurk, like the one of a slain dragon, which lived beneath the Kraków’s Wawel Hill, or the one of the great White Bear, dwelling in the chalk tunnels of Chełm. If you want to see the majestic European bison, you have to visit the reservation in the Białowieża Forest, where you can also see elks, wolves, and lynx. And if you may be tempted to associate Poland with traditional folk dances, think again, because the heavy-metal music scene here is quite substantial. Quite a contract when you look at the peaceful cities, some saying this is a statement of modernity while others think it will bring the country down.

  • Uruguay

If Uruguay’s neighbors, Brazil, and Argentina can be considered quite boisterous, this country is a peaceful one, with rather shy but welcoming people. Slowly, but surely, the tourism in this country will reach new realms, as the number of visitors increases from one year to another. People come here to visit Montevideo, considered to be the safest capital in the South America, for its sandy seashore and the city center, packed with neoclassical buildings from the 19th century. If you would like a more rustic experience, you should know that the numerous cattle ranches in Uruguay have guesthouses, for anyone interested in an authentic countryside experience. In case you would like a resort and gorgeous beaches, you must go to Punta del Este, a modern location with plenty opportunities to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. There are just so many things to see and do in Uruguay, a destination that still waits to be discovered and appreciated at its real value.