Island of Fire and Ice Tops 24 Destinations in Budget Travel's 'Where to Go 2016' List

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready to stoke your wanderlust? Budget Travel's Where To Go 2016 [,56667/] list is bigger and better than ever with amazing (and amazingly affordable!) destinations from around the globe.

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Curated by the editors at Budget Travel [], an 18-year-old multi-platform travel media and services company that empowers consumers to travel the world on any budget, the annual compendium is the go-to list of top travel locales. Each destination is chosen for its mix of natural appeal, culturally rich qualities and, of course, great value.

In 2016, Iceland--popular for its beautiful glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs--tops the annual Where to Go list. Following Iceland at #1 are San Antonio, Cuba, Los Angeles, Greece, Vietnam, Martinique, Galapagos Islands, Portugal, and Mexico's Isla Holbox.

"Budget Travel editors watch culture, cuisine, and hotel trends; monitor currency fluctuations, airfare, and room rates; and draw on their own experience and passion to deliver a list of 24 exciting destinations that can and should be on every traveler's list," says Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor in chief of Budget Travel.

Budget Travel is also offering a sweepstakes [,37/] for a trip to Iceland from Trafalgar travel, and a "Where Should You Go in 2016" quiz [,57765/] to match "travel personalities" with perfect destinations.

Where to Go 2016 Top Ten locations:

1. Iceland is for everyone - long known among elite travelers for its exotic
landscapes of icecaps and glaciers punctuated by steaming springs, it's
suddenly also become more accessible since Iceland Air instituted free
layovers for American travelers on their way to and from Europe.
2. San Antonio's Spanish Colonial heritage recognized - Now the whole world
will remember The Alamo and the city's Spanish Colonial architecture, as
they were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
3. Cuba is now open for visitors - It's no longer a question of "if," but
"when" and "how" you're going to visit Cuba! With U.S. travel
restrictions easing, this once off-limits Caribbean island is ready for
its close-up.
4. Los Angeles is becoming a "get around" city - The capital of California
sun and surf also has some of America's greatest art collections, the
most diverse cuisine anywhere in North America, and, of course, all those
famous movie locations!
5. Greece gets back its vibe - While the country's well-publicized economic
woes are getting better, the Mediterranean's sunniest destination is
still a tremendous value for American travelers who want an incredibly
luxe vacation on a reasonable budget.
6. Vietnam has become Southeast Asia's friendliest face - The world changes,
and so has Vietnam. The once war-torn country, with its beautiful miles
of Pacific coastline, exotic mountain interiors, and charming cities, is
now one of the friendliest destinations on the globe.
7. Martinique has become a weekend destination, although you will want to
linger -The dream of a three-day escape to Martinique is about to come
true! Nonstop flights from the East Coast will begin soon, making this
Caribbean island more accessible than ever.
8. Galapagos Islands are still 'evolving' in their accessibility - Another
of our once-remote recommendations is now within reach of nature-loving
Budget Travelers, thanks to amazing package tours to Ecuador and the
9. Portugal still has more undiscovered charms - Once Western Europe's
most-remote country, new air routes and super-highways have opened up
both old wine regions within easy access of cosmopolitan Lisbon.
10. Isla Holbox is the one part of Mexico's famed Yucatan you still haven't
seen - Isla Holbox is a fantastic Mexican-Caribbean escape in its own
right, nestled into the shoreline less than an hour north of Cancun.

Want more? For the full "Where to Go 2016" list [,56667/] of 24 destinations, visit

About Budget Travel:

Budget Travel is an 18-year-old multi-platform travel media and services company that empowers consumers to travel the globe on any budget. Budget Travel-branded content reaches more than 5.5 million consumers monthly through the digital magazine/tablet edition, website, mobile apps, social media and newsletters. Budget Travel provides consumers with how-to advice they won't find elsewhere: how to get out there to make dream trips come true. Find Budget Travel online at [], on Pinterest [], Facebook [], Instagram [], and on Twitter [].


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