The 16 Best Travel Destinations of 2016

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The 16 Best Travel Destinations of 2016

I am proud of Paste Travel. (Hell, I’m the editor … what else would I say?) We covered hundreds of destinations for millions of readers this year. Conservatively, we’ve published more than 700 articles. Those included features, lists, galleries, and industry news.

The energy it takes to create that volume—which has to be right up there among the most productive, purely travel, sections anywhere—comes from a team effort that includes an incredibly and talented dedicated group of interns, regular columnists, designers, photographers, freelance writers, and editors.

Like last year, the Paste Travel team wrangled stories from all seven continents. We published pieces from locals living in small towns and insiders filing from big cities. Our stable of writers brought home adventure articles and dispatches from the best bars and restaurants on the planet. They also gave us insight about where to downshift after coming off the side of that mountain, drinking one too many martinis at that lounge, and strutting the walk of shame after swinging from a chandelier with a fringed-leather vest, an eyepatch, and a parrot named Tony. No, I won’t say which writer this was. But seriously, we need to party.

I hope, in 2016, you had the opportunity to discover new spots that you now call your own. Even after 20 years as a travel writer and editor, I still feel the constant tug of the road. I still feel the need to be on a journey—regardless of where the plane, bus, car, train, wagon, rickshaw, bicycle, or pair of boots takes me. I am keenly aware that life is very short and very precious indeed.

Below, and in the gallery, is Paste’s selection of places we cherished this year. I hope several make your travel list in 2017.

1. Boulder, Colorado; 2. South Island, New Zealand; 3. Bristol, England; 4. The Faroe Islands; 5. Lisbon, Portugal; 6. Canggu, Bali; 7. Marrakech, Morocco; 8. Hong Kong; 9. Paris; 10. Asheville; 11. Big Sur, California; 12. Paraty, Brazil; 13. Western Big Island, Hawaii; 14. Stockholm, Sweden; 15. Zagreb, Croatia; 16. Santiago, Chile.

Alex Crevar is Paste’s travel editor.