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Get Off the Beaten Path and "Go Here, Not There" Next Year

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Dec 29, 2015 -- Cuba, Orlando, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles -- all popular destinations for Canadians. In fact these cities, followed by Phoenix, Jamaica, Calgary, Edmonton and Cancun, make up 10 of the most-searched destinations on this year. To encourage Canadians to add travelling to somewhere new to their list of New Year's resolutions, the travel experts at, the champions of simple travel search, offer this list: Go here, not there: 10 alternative destinations for Canadian travellers in 2016.

Get ready to rethink your 2016 vacation destination. For those seeking urban getaways, family-fun vacations, culture and history trips or beach retreats, there's no need to follow the crowds. Instead, check out these five alternative destinations to make's list:

  • Colombia instead of Cuba -- If you were contemplating booking a trip to Cuba this year, consider Colombia instead. Like Cuba, Colombia boasts well-preserved colonial cities to explore, where you can really get a sense of the country's history as you stroll cobblestone streets. Once you have had your fill of history, hit the beach or go trekking in the jungle. You might not realize it, but Colombia boasts some beautiful stretches of white sand, as well as opportunities for eco-adventures.

  • Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, instead of Orlando, Florida, United States -- We all know Orlando is a popular family vacation destination, but if you've been there, done that a few times, consider adding Hershey, Penn., to your must-visit list. Like Orlando, Hershey is a year-round destination perfect for families looking to have a little fun. Not only does the "Sweetest Place on Earth" have Hersheypark, an amusement park filled with rides, shows and loveable characters, but chocolate lovers will go cocoa for Hershey's Chocolate World, where you can treat your senses to all things chocolate. You'll also find spas, golf courses, museums and great shopping in this fun-filled destination.

  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States, instead of London, England -- London may be filled with attractions for every type of traveller, but if you are looking for a good (and perhaps closer) alternative, Boston is an exciting option with a similar vibe. More than 18 million people visit Boston annually -- with good reason. The city is filled with museums and galleries, offers incredible shopping, numerous historic attractions and diverse neighbourhoods. Whether you're exploring Boston National Historical Park, touring a local brewery or walking the Freedom Trail, there will be no shortage of ways to spend your time.

  • Dominican Republic instead of Jamaica -- All beach destinations are not created equal. While Jamaica is a Caribbean jewel, make 2016 the year you invest some time getting to know the Dominican Republic. Aside from beautiful beaches, of which there are many, the Dominican Republic is also a great destination for outdoor adventures like hiking to waterfalls, zip lining, kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) and mountain biking. If that's not enough to entice you to book a ticket, the Dominican Republic is the number one golfing destination in the Caribbean and also home to historical sites and plenty of opportunities to dive and snorkel.

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, instead of Edmonton, Alberta -- Known as two of Canada's coldest cities come wintertime, Edmonton and Winnipeg have lots in common. These two capital cities both offer great, river-front downtowns and plenty to keep you busy both inside and outside. If you opt to mix it up and head to Winnipeg, be sure to visit The Forks. This Winnipeg hot spot is where you'll find 56 acres of parks, shops, gardens, historic sites, restaurants and attractions, all in one place. It's no surprise that The Forks is Winnipeg's most popular tourist spot.

Rounding out our list of "Go here, not there" options are: Nashville, Tennessee, United States, instead of Los Angeles, California, United States; San Francisco, California, United States, instead of Vancouver, British Columbia; Asheville, North Carolina, United States, instead of Phoenix, Arizona, United States; Denver, Colorado, United States, instead of Calgary, Alberta; and Ibiza, Spain, instead of Cancun, Mexico. To read about these and's complete Go here, not there: 10 alternative destinations for Canadian travellers in 2016, visit

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