We are about to start a new calendar year. Have you plan your getaway in 2016? Do you know where are the best places to visit?

I believe that people who take vacations at least once a year are happier and successful with their lives. If you are regular employee, you are more satisfied more creative and more productive at work if you take vacation to purely rest and relax. Most employees are entitled a minimum of two weeks to a month of vacation time upon completion of every 12-month, depends on which country you are. Let none of them go to waste.

Whether you are a luxurious traveler or a budget-savvy backpacker, there are always best places for you to choose. When it comes to getting out of the country, you don’t have to break the bank to plan the best time of your life.  All across the globe, you can choose between long lists of cheap vacations such as in Southeast Asia. If you crave the action of the city or the quiet of a country escape, then South America is for you. If ruins, medieval castles and luxury cruises are your type, chances are it’s in Europe.  Beach bummers often fly to Boracay, Bali, Maldives and other word-class beaches and diving/surfing spots.

Then there are those globetrotters who want to explore the places they’ve never been before-especially countries in Eastern Europe like the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Not only are they rich in history and culture, they are remarkably light on the budget. Many vacationers are returning to their tried and true favorites like Paris, Venice, Florence and Milan, as well as Dublin, Athens, Zurich, Santorini, Glasgow, Budapest and Istanbul.

Having said that, we have to admit, they are overrated destinations around the world. I’d rather be a little bit different and enjoy a real off-the-beaten-track adventure, you’ll find lots to love about these amazing yet underrated vacation spots. Instead of visiting the same places as usual, or being caught up in a tourist trap, check out some of the most admiring places to look forward to this 2016.

I have scored top 10 must-see places to from different travel blogs and website. Check this out.

10. Doha, Qatar

Doha's skyscarpers.

Doha’s skyscarpers.

A land that understands a traveller can never be a stranger, just a friend not yet met. That ultimately everyone is on their own journey, seeking the warmth of a friendly embrace, unique experiences, new stories to share. Where a meal is not a meal unless it is shared. A land rooted in ancient cultures, authentic soul, where past learning informs contemporary vision. Progressive spirit ignites new futures. A land offering enlightenment, invigoration and inspiration through its warmth of soul and spirit of vision.


9. T’bilisi, Georgia

Narikala Fortress T'bilisi, Georgia

Narikala Fortress T’bilisi, Georgia

Georgia’s ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The most widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi’s founding says that in the mid-5th century AD, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali was hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King’s falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word “tbili“, meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the area early as the 4th millennium BC.


8. Busan, South Korea

The Gwangan Bridge, a modern suspension bridge in Busan, South Korea

The Gwangan Bridge, a modern suspension bridge in Busan, South Korea

Situated on the most south-eastern portion of the Korean peninsula, Busan is Korea’s second largest city and the number 1 trading port.

Korea’s first truly international city, Busan connects Asia, Europe, and North America. This geopolitically situated harbor city sits adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, bringing about an interchange of trade and tourism. This intercultural current has made Busan into the international metropolis it is today.

Busan has hosted such international events as the 2002 14th Asian Games, the final match of the Korea/Japan World Cup, and since 1995 has annually hosted the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). Additionally, the BEXCO Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan brings in people from all over the world for international conventions and exhibits.


7. Bogota, Colombia

The City of Bogota

The City of Bogota

Bogotá is the capital and largest city in Colombia. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The predominant colors in Bogotá are the green of the city’s many parks and the eastern mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe, and the rich red of its many brick buildings.


6. Hokkaido, Japan

Mt Yotei from Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Mt Yotei from Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaidō) is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan’s four main islands. Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.

With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.


5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro never fails to impress us with its modern outlook that reflects its progression through the times of yore. The historic sites, sparkling beaches, green belts and jubilant attitude of the locals embrace the tourists to the world where heaven meets the earth.

If Ronaldo played football at the Maracanã stadium, then Christ the Redeemer puts Rio on the world map.

Rio’s carnival with its effervescent samba dancers jiggling their hips attracts thousands of tourists around the world.

The rain-forests, museums, beaches and the glitz of the city have made Rio what it is today – Brazil’s top-notch tourist attraction.


4. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wild elephants of Sri Lanka

Wild elephants of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, on the Western coast is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Colombo displays the best and worst the country has to offer. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban slums; diesel fumed congested roads and street markets.

Despite its small size just 37.31 km² Colombo offers a varying selection of experience ranging from taking a tuktuk ride, a visit to Pettah market and eating Kottu to playing a round of golf and having high tea at one of the colonial style hotels overlooking the Indian Ocean.


3. Bagan, Myanmar

Aerial view of the temples of Bagan

Aerial view of the temples of Bagan

The monuments seem to overwhelm the landscape. There are about 2,000 of them covering an area of 16 square miles on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady in central Myanmar. They are in different sizes and in a bewildering variety of shapes. They are also in varying stages of preservation and disrepair. Some of them throb with life, visited by devotees, a few have become little more than piles of bricks.


2. Davao, Philippines

The Pearl Farm Resort, Samal

The Pearl Farm Resort, Samal

Endowed with variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao’s topography dazzles: fruit plantations and orchid farms couple with mantle volcano- fed hills and valleys; its virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. It has an enchanting brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co- exist in peace with a fairly large expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.


  1. Thimphu, Bhutan
Bhutan's largest city, the capital Thimphu

Bhutan’s largest city, the capital Thimphu

The Kingdom’s capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country.

Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM banking facilities and is a good place to stock up on some currency.




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