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Traveling is one of the best ways to open up your mind and to get rid of anxiety, depression and stress. Traveling is also a great way to enjoy life, explore the world and learn about various cultures, customs, traditions and languages. But, you can enjoy traveling only when you choose the best places to visit around the world.

If you’re planning to go on a trip this year, here’s a list of places you must consider visiting in 2016.

1. Transylvania, Romania


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Popularly known for the legend of Dracula, Transylvania — a region in Central Romania — is best known for its culture, nature and history. It’s also widely known for its medieval towns, mountains, castles, and fortified churches. The tourist attractions in this region are rock climbing at Piatra Craiului National Park, biking at the Bucegi plateau, caving in the Apuseni range, and hiking on the Fagaras.


2. Kotor, Montenegro


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Kotor is an amazing coastal town in Montenegro. The old town is mainly known for its rich history, culture, tradition and also its great monuments of the medieval architecture that includes churches, cathedrals, palaces, and museums. The top attractions of Kotor are the Bay of Kotor, Castle of San Giovanni, Maritime Museum, Sveti Ivan Fortress, Drago Palace, and the Island Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks).


3. Botswana, Africa


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Botswana is a great place to visit, especially for its diversity and animal life and the special wildlife safaris. The best time to visit the place is between April to October. The top tourist attractions are the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and its elephants, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and its magnificent black-maned lions.


4. Machu Picchu, Peru


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It is one of the must-see places in South America. Known as the most popular iconic site in the world, Machu Picchu is located in a 7,000-foot high hilltop in the midst of the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley. The top tourist attractions are Winaywayna, Temple of the Sun, Huayna Picchu, Inca Trail, Roca Sagrada, Paucarcancha Ruins, and Llaqtapata.


5. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia


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It is known as the world’s largest mirror, as it’s the largest salt flat in the world with a stretch of 4,086 square miles (10,582 sq. km) in south-western Bolivia. The best time to visit is between March and April. Some of the popular places you must visit in Salar De Uyuni are Incahuasi Island, Train Cemetry, Seven Color Mountain, Ollagüe Volvano, Canapa Lagoon, and the red waters of Laguna Colarada.


6. The Grand Canyon, Arizona


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The Grand Canyon is the steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River during the past six million years. It is counted as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and is definitely a place you must consider visiting this year. The Grand Canyon is rich in history and wildlife. The best attractions are the spectacular sunrise and sunset from the Canyon and the Grand Canyon National Park.


7. The Great Blue Hole, Belize


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Known as the Diver’s Paradise, it’s a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It is also the largest sea hole in the world. It is mainly popular for its marine life that includes nurse sharks, giant groupers, and reef sharks. Situated in the center of Lighthouse Reef, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland of Belize City.


8. Ladakh, India


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This is one place that will remain engraved in a traveler’s mind forever. Known for its scenic beauty, splendid mountains, vibrant festivals, ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas, Ladakh is not just a destination; it’s Heaven on Earth. It’s a region in Jammu and Kashmir which extends from the Kuen Lun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south.


9. Gansu, China


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Gansu, the north-western gateway of China, is known for its rich culture, scenic beauty, historic sites, geological parks, and cultural heritage. With strong Tibetan and Islamic influences in particular, Gansu is home to many different cultures. The topmost attractions of Gansu are Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, Dafo Temple (Big Buddha Temple), The Yellow River, Kongtong Mountain, Maiji Mountain, and Labrang Monastery.


10. Pamukkale, Turkey


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Popularly known for its natural beauty, Pamukkale is Turkey’s most important mineral-bath spa because of its hot calcium-laden water spring. It is also known as the Cotton Fortress or Cotton Castle in Turkish. The best time to visit the beautiful landscape of chalk-white pools is during April to mid-June.