Top International Global Discovery Vacations Destinations for 2016

We gave you some great recommendations on U.S. travel destinations for 2016, but it’s a big world out there! Maybe this is the year you decide to travel outside of the country for new perspectives and enlightenment.

Looking at other parts of the globe can be a little overwhelming as there is so much to see and do. Where do you start? From mountains to beaches, we’ll give you our favorite international spots to visit this year!

Piazza del Campo is popular with locals and visitors alike

Piazza del Campo is a popular destination in Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscany, Italy
Vespa scooters galore, vineyards as far as the eye can see and a building known for being slightly atilt! Try finding all of that within a day’s drive in North America. Honestly, I can’t do much better than our newest blog contributor, Ray, in telling you what all there is to do in Tuscany. Take it from someone who has spent a lot of time there and read his Destination Guide.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, courtesy of member Louis C.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, courtesy of member Louis C.

Ireland
A common destination for bucket lists, and for good reason, Ireland is a cultural experience unlike any other. The friendly culture exudes a homier feel than that of a tourist destination, so embrace the Irish pubs and eclectic live music. Our main resort in Ireland, the Kiltannon Home Farm, is rich in history and near the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, which are a sight to behold. Fun fact: If you’re flying from the U.S. East Coast, it takes about the same amount of time to get to Ireland as it does to reach the West Coast! Small world.

Canada
Some of last year’s Shoot for the Stars photos reminded us how magical this country is. Gaze upon the grandeur:

Reflection from the highway from Banff to Jasper, Canada. Courtesy of member Diane M.

Reflection from the highway from Banff to Jasper, Canada. Courtesy of member Diane M.

It’s even better in person. We’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t recommend using the membership to stay in beautiful Banff, Vancouver or St. Hippolyte. Those areas span western, central and eastern Canada, so you don’t have to travel too far depending on where you’re coming from.

"Dining at the Bakel Resturant, overlooking gorgeous Banderas Bay, at the Mayan Palace Resort in Puerta Vallarta at sunset" - Member John S.

“Dining at the Bakel Resturant, overlooking gorgeous Banderas Bay, at the Mayan Palace Resort in Puerta Vallarta at sunset” – Member John S.

Mexico
Mexico, whose tourism industry buzzed in 2015, will see no signs of slowing in 2016. And now that air travel between the U.S. and Mexico seems to be more open than ever, getting there shouldn’t be an issue. You just have to decide where you’ll want to be: on the Pacific side, which includes Cabo San Lucas and Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta, or on the Eastern side in Cancun. Both have exceptional beaches and colorful cultures to embrace.

Member Bob R. encapsulates the beauty and serenity of the Bahamas with this photo.

Member Bob R. encapsulates the beauty and serenity of the Bahamas with this photo.

Bahamas
If all you know about the Bahamas exists in a bubbly Beach Boys tune, you’re missing out on much of what makes the collection of islands a true paradise. Take a sailing tour on some of the various islands’ hotspots, dive into the mind-blowing barrier reef and swim with the pigs! The Caribbean offers a smorgasbord of picturesque vacation spots, and the vibrant colors of the Bahamas make a case for being among the most gorgeous. And we have a healthy offering of resorts throughout 2016 to prove it.

Generally, you’ll find the most reasonable prices on airfare from January to March, so plan your trip out now for the best deals. Besides, we have plenty of condos available to these destinations and many more around the globe!

Are you planning to travel out of the country this year? Tell us where in the comments!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.