2015 was a huge year for international tourism, and 2016 looks set to be no different. From amazing cities to idyllic, jaw-dropping natural sites, there is a wide range of destinations available for people looking to take a holiday in the New Year.
We’ve taken a look at the most exciting holiday locations for 2016. Whether you're looking for that final touch to add to your itinerary, need a bit of inspiration for your next trip or just want to do a little bit of daydreaming, this list shows you where to go for travel in 2016.
If you’ve noticed a few of your friends have suddenly made plans out of the blue for a Cuban holiday, there’s a reason for that. The US has recently relaxed their relations with Cuba, which - while beneficial for tourists - could see the country change in character completely and lose some of its’ distinct character. The floodgates to Cuba have opened and the tourists won’t follow too far behind, so choose 2016 as your opportunity to visit this very unique island nation and experience the one of a kind culture before it changes.
This cold country has turned itself into a tourism hotspot and, when you consider the striking mountains, jaw-dropping plains and gorgeous natural landscape, it’s not that hard to see why this has happened. Iceland also has a thriving art scene, and a visit to the nation’s capital Reykjavik has enough unique culture to capture the imagination of even the most jaded traveller.
With an interesting local population and landscape that can move you to tears of awe, there’s never been a better time to include Iceland on the itinerary for your Nordic adventure in the New Year.
3. Hong Kong
Often visited by travellers looking to make a stopover to different destinations, Hong Kong is fast becoming a tourist destination in its own right. Rub shoulders with expats on Hong Kong Island or venture across the harbour on the iconic Star Ferry to Kowloon to experience some of the richest, most flavoursome Cantonese food you’ll ever eat.
From the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha to the amazing Victoria Peak, Hong Kong is a destination where you’ll never be short of something to do. Make sure you take time to appreciate the unique atmosphere as you work through the crowd.
Brazil has always been a high demand tourist location with Copacabana beach and the authentic, amazing Samba culture, but 2016 will really be the time to visit Brazil as Rio de Janeiro gets set to host the world’s biggest sporting event, the Olympic Games. Whether you’re wandering along the world famous beaches, sampling the Samba clubs or simply strolling through the streets buzzing with energy and culture, a visit to Brazil is one that is unlike any other and can capture the imagination of any traveller!
While the exchange rate isn’t going as good as it once was, 2016 is still a good time to be visiting the good old US of A.
Flights to the US are cheaper than they’ve been in recent years, and 2016 is the country’s National Parks Service anniversary. Often described as the best idea America ever had, the National Parks service will be celebrating all year around, making it a great time to visit many of the US’s amazing natural sites like Death Valley, the Mojave Desert and the Rocky Mountains.
Most Australians only associate Uruguay as the nemesis of their soccer World Cup bids, but the country actually has a lot to offer as a tourist destination in its own right. And the good news is you won’t have to share it with as many tourists as you would if you were visiting Argentina or Brazil.
From its charming capital Montevideo to smaller towns like Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este and beautiful countryside in between, with Uruguay, you have yourself one very underrated destination. But the secret won’t last for long, so make sure you get over there as soon as you can!
Spain is always going to be popular with tourists, and 2016 is set to be no different.
The beachside town of San Sebastian has been named Europe’s City of Culture for the year and, if you need any more of an excuse to head to the Iberian Peninsula, there’s the regal charm of Madrid and the rustic Catalan capital Barcelona. Expect amazing culture, good food, exciting events and luxurious, balmy afternoons exploring one of the most unique destinations in the world.
8. New Zealand
Most Australians don’t take advantage of how easy it is to get over to our friends across the ditch, so why not use 2016 as the year to experience this wonderful country for yourself? From jaw dropping hikes and delicious natural produce, to heart-pounding adventures, pristine ski slopes and so much more, New Zealand has an attraction to suit every type of traveller. Cruise over Milford Sound, explore the reinvented capital of Christchurch, hike in the view of The Remarkables or even just satisfy your adrenaline thirst with a bungee jump over a gorge.
New Zealand has an experience that will satisfy you as a traveller.
While we’ve just selected a handful of the best experiences in travel in 2016, we’ve really only just scratched the surface of the trips that are available for travellers looking to get out and about in the New Year. So whether you’re embarking on a European Cruise, South American fiesta, year-long backpacking journey or even some sort of indulgent five star Tour De Force around the globe, use 2016 as the year to get out of town and experience some of the amazing sights the world has to offer.
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