A few months ago, the New York Times released their list of places to travel in 2016. The first thing that strikes you from this list are the gorgeous photographs and video footage they supplied, so we chose our top five dream destinations and are sharing them below. Fun game to play with your spouse/partner/roommate: which dream destination would you pick if money wasn’t an issue?
- Guadeloupe for the Beach
Often, just the mention of the word “vacation” brings to mind crystal blue water, powdery white beaches, and sunshine for days. There’s no shortage of any of those things in Guadeloupe, a cluster of islands nestled in the Caribbean. While there, make sure to check out La Desirade, the “largest geological nature reserve in the French overseas territories.”1While you’re there, make a point to check out the colorful markets where you’ll walk among a busy crowd to browse the local produce and spices.
- Argentina for the Mountains
The entire country would be amazing to visit, but we’re talking specifically the Road of the Seven Lakes, which boasts “panoramic natural vantage points, lakes, [and] rivers.”2 The route stretches 110km and links the towns of San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura, and can take one to four days to travel, depending on your desired pace. With viewpoints and waterfalls to explore, it might be worth taking your time with this journey.
- San Sebastián, Chile for the Food
Is there any other city in the world that boasts 16 Michelin stars (the highest award given for the culinary arts)? When visiting San Sebastián, be prepared to experience ’desalted’ cod box with shavings at Akelaŕe, or roast hake fillet with truffled spinach, mellow spider-crab and sparkling K5 at Restaurante Martin Berasategui. Sure beats the pb&j you packed for lunch, huh?
- Garzón, Uruguay for the Wine
What’s a vacation without a sip or two of a fresh red wine? The Bodega Garzón is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and strives to be an eco-friendly vineyard by using low-emission local equipment, responsible construction waste management, collecting rainwater, and restoring biodiversity.3 Wines to try while you visit: the Pinot Noir 2012 with “aromatic touches of rose and white cherry” or the Sauvignon Blanc 2015 with “persimmon and passion fruit, with long, fresh, vibrant taste.”
- Tamil Nadu, India for the History
A must-see stop once you arrive is the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a “happier, more joyful atmosphere than some of Tamil Nadu's more solemn shrines, […] adorned with especially colourful ceiling and wall paintings.”4 Another must-see is the Royal Palace, which has enough art and royal paraphernalia to keep you busy for days. Check out the Saraswati Mahal Library Museum, the Art Gallery, and the Maharaja Serfoji Memorial Hall.
Hopefully the list inspires you to venture out and see the world. No matter where you decide to spend your travel time, remember that the Transcend® miniCPAP™ is small enough to take the trip with you. miniCPAP devices are the number one-selling travel CPAPs on the market. They have the features of your bulky, in-home device, but they weigh less than a pound and are about the size of a soda can- small enough to pack in a carry-on and assure that you can sleep comfortably anywhere. We won’t tell anyone if you spend the afternoon researching flights.
1"Guadeloupe - What to See?" Guadeloupe - What to See? The Guadeloupe Islands, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
2"Seven Lakes Road." Welcome Argentina. Welcome Argentina - Outings in San Martín De Los Andes, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
3"Get to Know Bodega Garzón and Its Modern Installations." Bodega Garzón. BODEGA GARZÓN, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
4"Meenakshi Amman Temple." Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
*Images from The New York Times, and RentaUnDron. "52 Places to Go in 2016." The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.