I’ve already revealed a few of my highlights from 2016, so now it’s time to hand over to some of the top travel bloggers on the planet.
So when you travel for a living, is it harder to impress you? What makes a trip truly special? Is it all about luxury? Or do you want to return home after several adventures with a crazy story or two? Highlights for this bunch of bloggers range from icebergs in Greenland to paradise beaches in the Maldives, and even a few dragons! If you haven’t planned your travels for 2017, this should give you some serious inspiration.
Emily from Emily Luxton Travels
It’s really hard to choose my favourite, but I think it has to be Indonesia! I was there for six weeks and fell head over heels for this incredible country. I loved everything; people, the food, and the stunning landscapes – not to mention the epic animal encounters I had, including swimming with manta rays and getting up close to some wild komodo dragons!
Read more about Emily’s travels in Indonesia.
Paul and Karen from Global Help Swap
Our trip to the Yaeyama Islands in Japan has to be the highlight of 2016. They are tropical paradises with great beaches, delicious food and friendly locals. Plus, hardly anybody knows about them. (yet!)
Read more about Paul and Karen’s travels in Japan’s Yaeyama Islands.
Dan from Dan Flying Solo
This year has been full of bucket list ticks and whilst the Balkans was close, road tripping Oman in a 4WD was my favourite trip of the year. I can’t think of many countries you can see turtles hatching on a beach for sunrise and be walking through a desert surrounded by Camels for sunset. Oman really surprised me, from how hospitable and welcoming the people were through to the insanely beautiful natural Wadi pools that litter this perfect slice of Arabia. Throw any preconceptions you might have of the Middle East out I promise Oman will amaze you.
Read more about Dan’s travels in Oman.
Amy from The Little Magpie
It’s so hard to choose, but I think if pushed I’d have to go for the Maldives because it had been on my bucket list for so long. It’s like walking around in a, beautiful Pinterest board. Close seconds would be Bali and California with TrekAmerica.
Read more about Amy’s travels in The Maldives.
Macca from A Brit and a Broad
Without a doubt my favourite trip of 2016 was to Greenland. I had such high expectations of Greenland – it was a real bucket list country for me – and it surpassed all of those expectations in every single way. I can genuinely say that I’ve never been anywhere with so much raw natural beauty, and every day I found myself saying “wow, I can’t believe how lucky I am to be here.”
Read more about Macca’s travels in Greenland.
Suzanne from The Travel Bunny
My top trip of 2016 was an epic adventure to Peru and spending a few days staying in a treehouse 67ft up a tree in the Amazon Jungle. Waking up to the sounds of the jungle and looking out into the trees spotting monkeys and exotic birds was something I won’t forget in a hurry. Days were spent paddling up river, searching for pink dolphins, sloth, iguanas and other jungle wildlife.
Read about the time we stayed 67ft up a tree! Http://www.thetravelbunny.com/2016/11/01/jungle-treehouse-Peru From Cusco and Maccu Picchu we flew to Iquitos, then took a car and then a boat to the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. This was where we stayed for 3 magical days with @TreehouseLodge and @RainforestCruises – this was our treehouse 65ft up a tree in the jungle canopy #peru #amazonjungle #treehouse
Read more about Suzanne’s travels in Peru.
Scott from Intrepid Escape
Watching Sea Turtles hatch and make their way to the Ocean, Costa Rica. It’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, and at the protected Tortuguero in Costa Rica, it happened. We were up at 4:30am, you needed to be otherwise you’d miss them. I remember as we stood watching these little guys, fighting for their lives, following their instincts towards the sea, it was an emotional experience, and I’d suggest everyone to do it here at Tortuguero National Park, where there is more wildlife to see than anywhere else I’ve been so far.
Amelia from xAmeliax
I’ve been on so many adventures in 2016 it was hard to choose. My trip to see the Komodo Dragons in Indonesia was amazing – but my trip to Lapland in Autumn just pips it to the post. I saw the northern lights and really found myself in the beautiful countryside of Finland.
The true beauty and wonder of The Northern Lights can’t be captured on camera or explained. It’s one of those experiences you have to see to fully believe ? On our last night in Finland I went to the lake alone wrapped up in about 8 different layers to keep warm with my camera and I waited ❄️ Eventually as the sun set and the night sky rolled in everything came alive. This wasn’t even the most magical of the lights, for that I was dumbstruck, unable to move and press the shutter with a kaleidoscope of colour swirling above me☄ I will never forget that moment alone at the lake, it will forever be a secret I share with the stars✨ Thank you so much Finland, you have been incredible in more ways than you know.
Vicky from Vicky Flip Flop Travels
My favourite trip was going to Austin in Texas for SXSW Festival. It was my travel dream, I met loads of awesome people, saw some cool bands, watched amazingly inspirational people and just absolutely loved the city. It definitely lived up to the hype.
Read more about Vicky’s time at SXSW Festival.
Sher from Sher She Goes
My favourite trip of 2016 was a visit to Indonesia. I love temples, spicy food and sunshine and Indonesia had all that and more.
In awe of Indonesia’s amazing temples. This one is Candi Prambanan, a 9th century Hindu temple dedicated to the Trimurti (the expression of God as the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer). Historians say it was created by the next dynasty as the Hindu answer to the Buddhist Borobudur temple (in my previous photos) —— ? by the talented @mary_quincy —– @indtravel #TripofWonders
Read more about Sher’s travels in Indonesia.
What was your travel highlight of 2016? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out my favourite trips of the year here.
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