For this week’s #TravelTuesday post we’re taking a look at the best places to visit based on different criteria.

Top travel destinations for 2016

Climate

According to Weatherwise Magazine, when it comes to weather, we need to consider a hypothetical weather set which is best for optimal living conditions. These criteria include temperature, humidity, average number of sunny days and some other criteria. Based on this criteria, they’ve determined ten places which are optimal for human living throughout the year.

  • Manjimup Region, South Western Australia
  • Coastal Western Cape, South Africa
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • Coastal San Diego, California
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Sassari, Sardinia
  • Northwestern coast, Morocco
  • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Vina del Mar, Chile

Shopping

The Travel Channel has put together a few places which should be on your “must visit” list if you’re into shopping.

  • Shinjuku neighbourhood, Tokyo
  • Fifth Avenue, New York
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Milan, Italy
  • Oxford Street, London
  • Dubai Mall, Dubai
  • Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles
  • Champs-Elysees, Paris
  • Streets near the Spanish Steps, Rome
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Hong Kong
  • Austin, Texas

Cheapest

If you’re looking for the cheapest cities, then the Sunday Times can help you out. They’ve compiled a list of the most expensive and cheapest cities in the world.

  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Bangalore, India
  • Mumbai, India
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Algiers, Algeria
  • Chennai, India
  • Karachi, Pakistan
  • New Delhi, India
  • Damascus, Syria
  • Caracas, Venezuela

Environment

Each year, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) ranks countries and cities based on how environmentally friendly they are. One of the key drivers for this ranking is not only how green the cities already are, but how forthcoming they are with regards to climate reporting and how many projects they have in the pipeline to address climate change.

The top ‘Green’ cities based on climate reporting for 2015 are:

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Atlanta, USA
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Leon, Spain
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Ravenna, Italy
  • Vancouver, Canada

Safety

When it comes to safety, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has the scoop. Factors used in ranking cities’ safety include digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.

The top ten cities when it comes to safety are:

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Singapore
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • New York City, USA

Beauty

Of course, when it comes to travel all of us are looking for a breathtaking experience. So to satisfy our lust for beauty, here are Harpers Bazaar’s most beautiful places in the world

  • Oia, Santorini, Greece
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Tamil Nadu, India
  • Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Amalfi coast, Italy
  • Krabi, Thailand
  • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • Bagan, Myanmar
  • Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Adventure

If you’re looking for adventure, then best take a look at Forbes’ list of the best adventure travel destinations in the world. Destinations on this list include:

  • Kemeri National Park, Latvia
  • Carpathian Mountains, Romania
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Soca River, Slovenia
  • Mt. Pirin, Bulgaria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bog Nature Trail, Estonia
  • Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile
  • Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia
  • Dead Sea, Israel

Happiness

Our last entry on the list is one which, of course, is of utmost importance when travelling. If you’re looking for a friendly place, then check out these cities from National Geographic:

  • Koh Samui, Thailand
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Dubai, UAE
  • San Jose, California
  • Aarhus, Denmark

There you go! A list of the places you must visit if you want to be happy, get some bargains and be swept away by the natural beauty.

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