We’re all living in the future in 2016, and what better way to celebrate looking forward than by visiting an exciting new travel hub.
We’ve got lots of places for you to check out, from Andaman Islands off the coast of India to the unspoiled beaches of the Caribbean, culinary fantasies from Belgium to Denmark,
American splendor from the trails of Virginia to the urban exploration of Detroit. Easing international relations with Iran and Cuba have finally opened up those countries for Americans to check them out. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a bucket-list-busting trip of a lifetime, consider our list your one-stop shop for travel inspiration this year.
50. Mie Prefecture, Japan
Intriguing developments are under way in Mie Prefecture, a four-hour ride from Tokyo on the bullet train, which until now had mostly lured domestic travelers. The area’s draws: the Ise-Shima National Park, on the coastline; the pearl-producing oysters; the richly marbled Matsusaka beef; and sacred, ᴜɴᴇsᴄᴏ-protected Shinto pilgrimage sites. In 2016, world leaders will converge in the city of Shima for the G7 summit. Leisure travelers should head to Amanemu, a plush reinterpretation of a classic ryokan opening in the first quarter. Expect an understated, utterly Zen aesthetic and a focus on wellness. All 24 suites and four villas in the intimate property come equipped with private onsen—rejuvenating pools filled with mineral-rich waters from the region’s hot springs. Soak in the serenity before the secret gets out.