A new year is just a few days away, meaning it’s time to plan a new year full of adventures! I hope you’re as excited as I am! To help with your 2016 trip planning, today I’ve rounded up some of the most incredible up and coming destinations that you’re definitely going to want to add to your list. From old favourites to anniversaries, and new openings, this list should give you a running start at planning your travels this year!
Home to the geothermal spa Blue Lagoon, one of the twenty-five wonders of the world, Iceland is quickly becoming a hotspot for anyone looking for the perfect mix of adventure travel and relaxation. In this hidden gem you can snorkel between the two tectonic plates, witness the Northern Lights, and explore the historic city of Reykjavik. Iceland has seen a recent increase in tourism in the past few years and it’s only predicted to keep increasing, so book your trip soon to enjoy this quiet paradise while you can.
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for the Hawaiian islands, and consider them one of my favourite destinations in the world! With 2016 being the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbour, it gives you even more reason to book a trip to the electric island of Oahu! Pay a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial then enjoy some surfing on the North Shore this year.
With many exciting events taking place in Normandy this year, including the Tour de France, this stunning landscape demands to be explored in 2016. The extra tourism and events will make this magical town feel more cultured than ever. Book your trip here in the upcoming year to take in the world-class architecture, captivating scenery, and of course, amazing French history.
When your stress levels hit an all time high in 2016, book a getaway to the beautiful paradise of Belize. On top of its stunning beaches and breath-taking views, Belize has one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. Get up close and personal with some of the most diverse creatures in the ocean by cage diving with sharks or swimming with exotic species of manatee.
Seattle is going to be bringing foodies from all around the world to the pacific north-west in 2016. The Capitol Hill culinary neighbourhood has big plans for the upcoming year that are sure to make your mouth water. Eat your way through this city and then spend some time visiting the iconic space needle and the one and only Pike Place Market, where you can enjoy a latte at the first ever Starbucks.
Located just about as South as you can find yourself in Chile, South America, Patagonia lies on the border of Chile and Argentina and is not easy to reach, but the difficult trip is well worth it. The breath-taking hikes through the mountains provide travellers with views you cannot find anywhere else. If you really want to get off the map in 2016, book a trip to Patagonia and do some exploring and soul-searching.
Home of delicious German beer, Bavaria is going to be the place to be this October for the 500th anniversary of Germany’s Beer Purity Law. Can’t make it in October? Don’t worry, this destination is stunning year round with its magical castles and intriguing history. Germany is one of my favourite countries in the world and defintely one you should add to your list in 2016!
Zimbabwe has remained a hidden gem for quite a while, resulting in small crowds and low prices, however with the opening of the Victoria Falls airport, this year could see a big increase in tourism for this beautiful destination. Known for its breath taking safari’s, Zimbabwe should be your go to destination in 2016 to get in touch with nature and wild life.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi is the perfect destination for anyone looking to indulge in centuries of lavish history. In 2016 the controversial Louvre art museum will be opening, showcasing artwork from around the world, particularly focussing on pieces that bridge that gap between Eastern and Western art. Add beautiful Abu Dhabi to your calendar this year to get an authentic taste of the United Arab Emrites. Pay a visit to Emrites Palace and the Grand Mosque and lose yourself in a different culture for a while.
Travelling to this beautiful arctic adventure land used to be nearly impossible unless you spoke fluent Russian, however with increased attention from cruise lines, Siberia is quickly becoming more of a tourist hot spot. With the addition of the Trans-Siberian Express railway’s centennial in 2016, Siberia is poised to become a top destination for adventure travellers and thrill seekers.
That’s all for today! I hope that these destinations provide a good starting point for your 2016 travel planning. Where are you most excited to explore this year?