Whether you’re after a tropical boat ride or an isolated hike through the mountains, now is the time to plan your ultimate 2016 trip and pack your bags. We asked our Instagram followers for suggestions on the best remote islands, cozy mountain towns, and isolated deserts to visit this year. Here’s #WhereToTravel in 2016.
1. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
@carla_beans: Not a bad looking parking lot, eh?
2. Borg, Vestvågøy, Norway
@joannechui: Front yard show. Second night of northern lights. Managed to not slip and fall on the sheet of ice.
3. Playa Remanso, Costa Rica
@splitpeasoup: The surf was amazing! It's the perfect beach break and has the best selection for beginners and advanced surfers!
4. Grand Teton National Park
@findmeonthemountain: "Irrespective of hour or season, whether viewed on clear days or stormy, the Tetons are so surpassingly beautiful that one is likely to gaze silently upon them, conscious of the futility of speech." Happy Birthday to the place that has given me such joy and peace. I've been here so many times in the last 15 years, but there are still places in this park I haven't seen, and my favorite spots never get old! Can't wait to do more exploring in the backcountry.
5. Milford Sound, New Zealand
@patricejustin: Confirming that #secondtimearound, #milfordsound is still gorgeous, just different.
6. Yosemite National Park
@basakprints: For perfect snow getaway head out to Yosemite National Park this weekend and enjoy the great vistas the park has to offer in any season.
7. Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii
@kamcgrat6: My recommendation is to the Nā Pali coast on Kaua'i. Pictured here is Ke'e beach in Ha'ena State Park. This is the start of the infamous Kalalau trail, which was named one of the 20 most dangerous trails in the world by Outside Magazine. It is the most beautiful trail I have ever hiked! Around every bend you see something exquisite! I would say it is a must for all adventure travelers!
8. Odda, Norway
@dagsss: #WhereToTravel is Odda, Norway; more specifically to the Trolltunga hike that ends at this jaw-dropping, breath-taking, and completely humbling view of the Hardangerfjord. The hike is 22 kilometers round-trip. It was snowy when I went in June last year, but that didn't stop all of the hikers from making it to the Troll's tongue itself and basking in the sunlight once we arrived. The views were unreal, so much so that even my iPhone captured what it looked like.
9. Mojave Desert, Nevada
@desertrush: Find a road. Preferably dirt. Preferably remote. Drive it. When you get to a rough spot, get out and hike. You might enjoy what you find.
10. Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia
@explorin_oren: No photo can truly capture everything there is in Torres Del Paine National Park, but this photo was the closest I got. Anyone who likes hiking and the outdoors needs to visit this area. From the stunning rock formations to the rolling hills to the wildlife, there really is nothing that beats Patagonia. The landscape (and weather) changes every hour as you walk through the park, and the trek is worth every last minute. I promise, you won't want to leave.
11. Bagan, Myanmar
@duanejurma: I haven't quite seen sunrises and sunsets like those in Southeast Asia. This is Bagan, Myanmar, where you can climb up on the pagodas (after you take your shoes off) to watch the sun rise.
12. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
@carla_beans: I can safely say that El Nido is my favourite destination for now. The vibe of the town, the weather, the landscape and the sea... I cannot recommend it enough!