7 Incredibly beautiful destinations to visit in 2016

7 incredible destinations to visit in 2016

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and it already feels like time to start planning a big adventure. With so many amazing places to explore around the world, it can be hard to know where to visit, but January is the perfect time to start plotting and planning. Rather than spending your time exploring big cities, aim to get back to nature this year and discover some of the most beautiful landscapes our world has to offer. Here are 7 amazing places to visit in 2016.

Uluru, Australia

We’re so fortunate to have such a beautiful place within reach, but many of us never make the time to visit Uluru for ourselves. A trip to the Red Centre is one of absolute magic, camped out in the Australian outback under millions of sparkling stars or watching the sparse desert come alive vibrant orange and red with the first light of sunrise. A visit to this sacred space is also a chance to learn the history of the area and appreciate how precious and ancient the land is. It will give you a new understanding and appreciation for Australia and just how beautiful our home country is. Find out more about Uluru here. 

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Rather than getting lost in the madness of mainland Bali, hop aboard a local fast boat and set sail for the Gili Islands. Comprising three small islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, the area offers a retreat from the scores of tourists found in Bali. You’ll find a slower pace of life, long afternoons with golden sunsets and perfect sparkling blue water so clear you can snorkel and swim all day. The hospitality on the islands is amazing, with friendly local vendors offering simple accommodation and fantastic food at a fraction of the price of Bali. Find out more about the Gili Islands here. 

7 incredible places to visit in 2016

National Parks of the United States

Quite often the United States are associated with sprawling cities like New York and Los Angeles, but there’s so much to discover outside of these places and a large number of them are on the West Coast. Watch the sunrise over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, then spend the day hiking down into the Canyon or soaking in once in a lifetime views then visit nearby Zion National Park for even more jaw-dropping beautiful landscapes. Explore the Sequoia National Park, wandering through rugged foothills and deep canyons, marvelling at the world’s largest trees. Take a trip to Yosemite National Park to see El Capitan and Half Dome, spot bears and take in magnificent waterfalls and views. Find out more about National Parks of the United States here. 

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Monument Valley, USA

Wanaka, New Zealand

I add Wanaka to just about everything I write about and that’s because it’s absolutely gorgeous. You’ll find Wanaka a welcoming, cosy town set among breathtaking mountains and the picture-perfect beauty of Lake Wanaka. It’s a place where you find yourself walking five steps then stopping to take another photograph, because everywhere you turn you find something more beautiful. Spend your time visiting wineries, learning to ski or enjoying the slopes, eating at fantastic restaurants selling great local produce, meeting the locals and planning where exactly you want to live when you move there. Find out more about Wanaka here. 

Marrakech, Morocco

Make Marrakech the starting point for an adventure you won’t forget. Explore the winding streets of this vibrant city, getting lost among the seemingly endless markets and brightly adorned stores selling spices, rugs and everything in between. Then head out into the wide open, traversing the snow-capped Atlas Mountains before driving out into the Sahara Desert to spend a night camped out under the stars, surrounded by tents and sand dunes. The food in Morocco is unlike any other, bursting with flavours and spice that will have you craving more for years to come. Find out more about Marrakech here. 

7 incredible places to visit in 2016

Cardrona, just outside Wanaka, New Zealand

Mount Huangshan, China

Forget what you know about China. Forget the over-populated cities and pollution. The famed Yellow Mountain, Mount Huangshan, is one of the most incredible landscapes you’ll ever see, like something out of a Chinese history book or fairytale story. Imagine misty mountains and sheer rock faces that drop away into nothing. Picture wide open spaces, walking through huge trees along winding pathways and being immersed in a part of nature you never though possible, let alone to be found in China. Mount Huangshan is an absolute surprise packet and a place worth making the journey for. Find out more about Mount Huangshan Here.

7 incredible destinations to visit in 2016

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

High in the hills of Europe, where the borders of Italy, Switzerland and France meet. The French part of this area is known as Chamonix Mont-Blac and it’s towering snow-capped mountains will take your breath away. The area is renowned for its Alpine skiing, but more than that the landscape is absolutely stunning. Rolling hills, dramatic drop-off points and mountains straight out of a fairy-tale create a diverse landscape dying to be explored and photographed. Find out more about Chamonix Mont-Blanc here.


Phoebe Lee Travel Blogger Queensland AustraliaPhoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger who believes life should be full of fun and adventure. Phoebe shares practical inspiration to help others enrich their lives through travel. Her fun Vlogs, useful travel guides and beautiful photographs are all aimed at inspiring others to live a life they love and never settle for less.

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12 Comments on 7 Incredibly beautiful destinations to visit in 2016

  1. The mountain range in China with the snow inspired me in particular! Pinned it for my travel wish list!

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    • Eep! I’ve just realised I didn’t include captions with those images, that photo was taken near Wanaka, another spot I included on the list 🙂 Sorry for the mistake there, I’ll go in now and add captions so it’s clear where each photo is from. Still, it’s dang beautiful!

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  2. Two out of seven! Uluru, Australia & Marrakech, Morocco!

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  3. Great list! I was lucky enough to visit uluru and Wanaka last year so definitely recommend!

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  4. Ughhh! Can someone please convince my finace that he NEEEEDS to come to Marrakech with me! Ha! I think it looks amazing, but he’s SO not keen! Would go alone but perhaps it’s not the best trip for a solo female traveler either, right?

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    • Why doesn’t he think he’ll like it? We stayed two nights in Marrakech, then headed out to the mountains and the deserts and it was incredible! I’d be surprised to find many people that don’t see the beauty in Morocco 🙂 it’s an amazing place. The food is so good! He’s probably love it if he went. Hmmm I never felt unsafe, but I heard some stories about girls being patted on the bum in Fez. A tour would be fine, I’m sure!

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  5. Marrakech is high on my list right now – it looks amazing!

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  6. I’ve only been to Chamonix our out these. It’s fabulous in the summer too, when you can go hiking. We had a hotel with a pool too, so managed to fit in swimming as well 🙂

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  7. Some awesome places on this list. I’m hoping to get to Uluru this year.

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