Check this list twice: our must-visit destinations for 2016

Expect up close and personal wildlife views at the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.

Expect up close and personal wildlife views at the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.

We know you have a lot of lists on the brain right now- from gift shopping to groceries to New Year's resolutions. Tell help out, we've got your travel list covered, and our recommendations are anything but boring.

Witness some of the world's greatest wildlife in Botswana, and get there before you're surrounded by crowds of tourists in the coming years. For accommodations, we love Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, nestled right in the Okavango Delta.
When to visit: any time of the year

Dubbed the 'underwater Serengeti', this archipelago of approximately 200 islands is a dream destination for underwater adventure lovers, without the crowds. Don't miss Jellyfish Lake, where you can swim with millions of harmless jellyfish.
When to visit: September - April

This increasingly popular destination offers the best views of the Aurora Borealis, transportation by dogsled, even the first ever Arctic Winter Games during March.
When to visit: September - April

Kotor, Montenegro
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this drop-dead gorgeous Mediterranean city is filled with medieval architecture, historic monuments, and dreamy scenic views. We recommend booking the Aman Sveti Stefan, approximately 45 minutes from the heart of the city.
When to visit: May - September

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Home to amazing mahi-mahi fish tacos, some of the best waves on the coast, and the surfer town of Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit is perfect for the authentic Mexican experience you want with out the spring break crowds. The Four Seasons Punta Mita will offer to cook a gourmet meal from your deep-sea fishing excursion.
When to visit: January - March

Bavaria, Germany
Located between the Alps and the Franconian vineyards, Bavaria boasts views straight out of The Sound of Music. Travel the the almost 400km-long Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse) for storybook views of nearby castles, tour Munich's world-class galleries, and enjoy a Pilsner with the locals (lederhosen optional).
When to visit: March - September

With delicious food and local wines, the world-class beaches of Punta del Este, and the culture-rich capital of Montevido, this South America destination is making its mark. For an idea of how to spend your time in Montevido, click hereKeep your eye out, you might spot a celebrity A-lister!
When to visit: October - March

If you want to make your 2016 getaway extra memorable, make sure you take advantage of the VIP benefits and exclusive amenities exclusive to Cadence clients. (Complimentary upgrades and free breakfast, anyone?)