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Vacation planning? Check out these 2016 hot spots

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC
A Miami-bound American Airlines charter plane waits on the tarmac at José Martí International Airport on March 1, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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For the travel-minded, a new year brings a fresh round of planning travel excursions—and starting to budget for them.

Luckily for many would-be vacationers, industry experts have loads of suggestions for places that should be on any traveler's list, and they run the gamut from reasonable to money being no object.

Some "must see" destinations, such as Cuba, may already be on your radar. Renewed diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the tropical island has resulted in the lifting of travel restrictions, and lots of would-be travelers making vacation plans to get there. Other options may include a new attraction, a major sports event, or celebrations that mark milestone anniversaries.

Or, this may be the year some finally tack a few extra leisure days onto a business trip instead of rushing right home. So called "bleisure" time is becoming a hot trend for travel watchers, but savvy vacationers just call the dollar and time-saving strategy "great planning."

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