Congratulations! You’ve just bought the home of your dreams! You’ve survived long hours of searching, cried a few tears along the way, made up with your significant other over that mountain-out-of-a-molehill discussion about the perfect shade of white, and even tipped the movers after they almost dropped your 60” TV.

It was an ordeal. Now you need a vacation.

If you’re even lucky enough to have some spare cash lying around after the biggest financial move of your life, where do you go? Miami? Mexico?


These two places are just some of the top travel destinations for 2016. Whether you’re looking for a destination location, a honeymoon hot spot, or want to experience the European lifestyle - there are plenty of places to consider packing the bags and traveling to.

According to Virtuoso®, the international network of luxury travel agencies, these are some of the must-go-to’s for 2016:

  • Untouched, unique places - such as Cuba, Bhutan and Myanmar
  • Do a multigenerational safari in Africa, or a food and wine tour of Italy
  • Taking a trip of a lifetime. Go to Machu Picchu or stay in an overwater bungalow in French Polynesia
  • Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef or taking an expedition cruise to Antarctica

If you have a hard time making decisions, here are some of the top destinations Virtuoso suggests will be the place to be in 2016:

Top Travel Trends

  1. Multigenerational travel
  2. River cruising
  3. Active or adventure trips
  4. Luxury cruises
  5. Celebration travel

Top Global Destinations

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. South Africa
  4. Mexico
  5. Australia

Top Adventure Destinations

  1. South Africa
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Galapagos Islands
  4. New Zealand
  5. Peru

Top Family Travel Destinations

  1. Italy
  2. Mexico
  3. Hawaii
  4. Orlando
  5. England

Top Emerging Destinations

  1. Cuba
  2. Iceland
  3. Croatia
  4. Myanmar
  5. Antarctica

Top U.S. Destinations

  1. New York     
  2. Maui   
  3. Napa Valley/Sonoma
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Miami/South Beach

Top Honeymoon Destinations

  1. Italy
  2. Maui
  3. French Polynesia
  4. Maldives
  5. Mexico

Top Travel Motivations

  1. Exploring new destinations
  2. Seeking authentic experiences
  3. Rest and relaxation
  4. Personal enrichment
  5. Spending time or reconnecting with loved ones

If none of the above appeal to you personally (?!?), may we suggest our favourite vacation getaway? Not many consider this particular destination, and we think it’s because people have forgotten how to appreciate it. AND, it’s relatively inexpensive, unless you decide to dine as if you made Forbes’ Billionaires list.

Where is this Destination of Delight?

In your own backyard.

TOP PHOTO: Blue ice covering Lake Fryxell in the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica