It seems that, when planning a trip, travelers in 2016 looked to the Mediterranean coast as the spot to spend their precious vacation days and dollars. However, they also looked to South East Asia and even North America, while a certain communist Caribbean nation has been getting its share of online attention of late. Below, we’ve listed the ten most searched-for travel destinations in 2016.
It is no wonder that Croatia tops the list of most searched-for travel destinations. With a generous Mediterranean coastline, hundreds of islands and a lush interior largely given over to national parks, Croatia is dripping with natural beauty.
Culturally, it features the Istrian peninsula, an old world paradise of tiny villages and ridiculously good food, as well as the coastal city of Dubrovnik, which blends a trendy food and club scene with Roman-era structures that helped bring the world of Game of Thrones to life.
All of that, and Croatia is still inexpensive, especially compared with its Mediterranean sisters to the west. As this list demonstrates, however, Croatia is on many radars, so the time to cruise its islands and explore its lakes is now.
The Acropolis is just the beginning. It seems everywhere you look and everywhere you go, there’s an awe-inspiring relic from the past to feast your eyes upon. But, beyond its archeological wonders, Greece offers the thriving food and bar scene of Athens, the non-stop parties of Mykonos, and the simple pleasures of Crete.
Though Istanbul isn’t the country’s capital (that would be Ankara), it is its most famous city, and there’s no wonder why: The Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar; all iconic, even to people who’ve never visited the city. The city, like the country itself, wears its history and culture proudly and quite loudly. But just a little farther afield, you find Cappadocia and its otherworldly landscape, stone formations best viewed from a gently drifting hot air balloon.
Once you’ve come back to earth, head down into the region’s ancient underground city. Still haven’t recovered from Istanbul’s chaotic charms? The Turquoise Coast beckons, its rocky shores carved with mysterious Lycian tombs high above the aquamarine waters.