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Top 10 International Destinations: Best Places to Travel in 2016

Whether you're an avid world traveler, or just interested in a new exciting destination to visit this year, there are plenty of countries to consider. Most of us have a list, either written or mental, of places we'd love to visit in our lifetime. Some have incredible historical features to examine, beautiful scenery, great weather, gorgeous beaches, or all of the above. Here's a list of the top 10 best places to visit in the world. Be warned, you may add a few, or ten, places to your list after reading this one. Exotic vacations are awaiting you!

Top 10 Places to Visit:

1. Japan

Japan is a country filled with awesome city sights and serene nature-filled hideaways, very likely to be on anyone's “best places to travel” list. Visit Kyoto's Imperial Palace Park (Kyoto Gosho) and stroll among flowering trees. Tip: the park is most beautiful in the plum and cherry-blossom seasons, in late February and late March. To get a great view of Tokyo, visit the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest 'free-standing tower.' At peak daylight hour visibility, you could see up to 100 km away, all the way to Mt. Fuji. With access to two observatories, you'll find yourself with the entirety of Tokyo at your feet.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Japan

2. Latvia

Latvia is probably not the first European city that comes to most people's minds, but it is a gem of the Baltic Nations. There's much to see with its lush pine forests and architecturally rich towns. Latvia's capital, Riga, has an impressive amount of cobbled roads and historic churches. Visit in the summer and enjoy sunny beer gardens and street cafes. Forests cover about 45 percent of the country, so feel free to wander down tree-lined trails in Kemeri National Park, and get a glimpse of three castles along the Gauja River.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Latvia

3. Australia

Aside from being home to a population with awesome accents, Australia has a wide array of sights to explore. Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, has something to fit every traveler's interest. Roam Sydney's beautiful Botanical Gardens, surf at Bondi Beach, or climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Winding down is effortless in regions like Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley, known for their exotic wine tours.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Australia

4. Fiji

A popular destination among honeymooners, Fiji is known for its beautiful islands speckled with palm trees. Diving and snorkeling is a must here, as the water is crystal clear and filled with colorful underwater life. Suva is the largest city in the South Pacific and offers a great modern scene to explore in the evenings. Fiji is a must-see!

Top 10 vacation destinations - Fiji

5. Montenegro

Montenegro is a small Balkan country with rugged mountains and medieval villages, perfect for folks who love outdoor adventures. There are five National Parks in Montenegro, but National Park Durmitor is most popular for its untouched nature. If you're a seafood lover, make sure to visit Perast, in Boka Roy. This architecturally rich town is known for its small restaurants with great fish specialties.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Montenegro

6. Belize

Belize is another destination famous for its beautiful paradisiacal spots. Besides sand and sun, it's home to mostly unexplored remains of the ancient Maya civilization. Maya ruins and temples make up some of Belize's main attractions, as the area was once the very center of the ancient Maya civilization and is chock full of magnificent art, stone carvings, and paintings. Wildlife lovers should pay a visit to Belize's Jaguar Preserve and experience one of the most extensive jungle hiking trails in the country. Either book a tour, or bring your own food and water for an authentic experience!

Top 10 vacation destinations - Belize

7. Croatia

If you're a 'Game of Thrones' fan, you may already be familiar with some Croatian landmarks. What's known as the Kind's Landing on HBO's fantasy series, is located in the historic city of Dubrovnik. No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a walk around the incredible city walls, featuring a view of the glimmering Adriatic Sea. The city of Split holds Diocletian's Palace, an imperial residence and military fortress originally built for Roman emperor Diocletian, at the turn of the fourth century. Sign up for a tour to see the fascinating winding narrow streets within the fortress.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Croatia

8. Panama

This tiny country in Central America makes up for its size with rich culture and stunning views. Cruise the famous Panama Canal on a partial trip, or make your way all the way from Colon to Panama City. For a thrill, swing through a tree canopy in the El Nispero Botanical Gardens. Don't worry, the harness will keep you safe as you enjoy the greenery from a bird's perspective.

Top 10 vacation destinations - Panama

9. Dubai

Dubai is a city you must see to believe. The Burj Khalifa stands at 828 meters high as the world's tallest tower, and can be appreciated from afar and from the inside alike. The impressive building has an observation deck with an even more impressive view. Right next to Burj Khalifa is the famous Dubai Mall. You could spend an entire day exploring the 1,200+ shops, visiting the ice rink, and admiring the huge indoor waterfall. Just 20 minutes driving distance from modern Downtown Dubai, you can experience the Arabian Desert, the original tourist attraction of Dubai. Sign up for a desert safari, or venture out alone. Either way, memories are waiting to be made!

Top 10 vacation destinations - Dubai

10. Peru

You simply cannot visit Peru without taking a trip to see Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel sitting high in the Andes Mountains, still standing strong after hundreds of years. It's known as the city never found by Spaniards who came to capture and colonize the rest of the Empire. Although Machu Picchu is a main Peruvian attraction, the country's cuisine is equally popular. Make sure to try as many local dishes as possible, and don't leave without purchasing some pink Peruvian salt!

Top 10 vacation destinations - Peru

Traveling the world is a wonderful luxury. We get the chance to escape our every day lives while simultaneously learning about the every day lives of others. Whether you're looking for a thrill, a relaxing experience, an educational trip, or a combination of the three, these destinations fit the bill. The best travel destinations are those with great food, exciting attractions, and hidden gems to create lasting memories. Take a deeper look into these countries, and start planning a trip to remember!

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