We Know Where You Should Go in 2016

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Make 2016 the year where you visit somewhere a little outside the box. Pack light, go off the beaten track and broaden your horizons. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a summer jaunt to a beach resort, but as the Dalai Lama says, you should travel somewhere new at least once a year. So, where should you go? We’ve got the answers!

Botswana

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One of the most politically stable countries in Africa, Botswana is the largest producer of diamonds in the world. This year, it will celebrate 50 years of being independent. When you visit, expect to see vast game reserves with lots of incredible animals in their natural habitat. You can fly into the capital city of Gaborone, where you can see a range of museums and cultural treats!

How to get there: Qatar Airways has flights from Heathrow to Botswana with a short stopover.

Japan

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When visiting Japan, you should bring small gifts which are unique to your home country, such as little keyrings or chocolates. They’ll come in handy if you need to say thanks to a local, and shows you respect their culture. In this wonderfully unique country, you could climb Mt. Fuji,visit the Himeji-Jo castle and of course, watch a sumo wrestling match. If you like modernism, visit Tokyo, but no trip to Japan is complete without visiting the ancient suburbs.

How to get there: Fly with British Airways.

Yosemite National Park (California, USA)

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We’ve included this natural wonder on our list because the US National Park Service turns 100 in 2016. If you visit in the peak season, try to use the free shuttle bus to reduce congestion. Yosemite is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so appreciate it’s natural beauty- visit waterfalls or go skiing.

How to get there: Fly to LAX and stay in a romantic lodge in the heart of the park by searching for accommodation with Trivago.

 Riga, Latvia

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Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals. It’s recently undergone a little bit of a makeover, making it a real cultural hotspot. Visit here and you can see the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Church, the Freedom Monument and the Riga Castle. It’s also just a short drive from a beach resort, so you get the best of both worlds when you go. It’s also very affordable and has a vibrant nightlife.

How to get there: Any good budget airline will have flights to Riga- try Ryanair for a no frills short break.

Wroclaw, Poland

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Often stuck in Krakow’s shadow, Wroclaw is going to come into it’s own in 2016 as it takes a turn as the European Capital of Culture. With a large student community, the city has a range of theatres, great nightlife and festivals year round to entertain visitors. Visit museums, churches, cathedrals and parks. Again, it’s an affordable short haul destination ideal for a long weekend.

How to get there: Go on a whim and find a room with Laterooms.com.

Greenland

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No longer just a stop off destination for cruise customers, Greenland will host the Artic Winter Games in March 2016. Travel across the vast wilderness at your own pace, see the Southern Fjords or cute villages. The country has a growing network of hostels, hotels and tourist information offices to mark its place as a holiday destination. It’s quite expensive to go there and transport across the country can be limited, but isn’t it worth it to say you have visited this unique, secretive land?

How to get there: You can fly from Iceland, so why not combine it with a stay in Reykjavik?

 Costa Rica

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We’ve included Costa Rica on our list because British Airways are launching direct flights there from the UK in 2016, which is great news. It’s described as a place where you can choose your own adventure, with wildlife, tropical beaches and volcanoes just some of the things to look at. It’s a truly celebrated destination, with the National Geographic describing Parque Nacional Corcovado as the most ‘biologically intense’ place.

How to get there: Enjoy the direct flight with British Airways.

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is the culinary capital of Asia, which is no mean feat. You’ll find so many different cuisines, from Cantonese to Vietnamese, all the way to European. It also has an amazing range of shops, from malls to boutiques and markets. Whilst you’re there, capture stunning views at Victoria Peak, visit the Man Mo Temple or wander along the Temple Street Night Market.

How to get there: Stopover in Dubai with Emirates.

 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio will, of course, be the home of the Olympic Games in 2016, so there’s no better time to visit! The carnival atmosphere that Brazil is so famous for will be more prominent than ever, so expect Samba parties until dawn on Copacabana beach. Don’t forget to visit Cristo Redentor, also known as Christ the Reedemer!

How to get there: Enjoy a connecting flight with Virgin Atlantic.

Tasmania, Australia

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Tasmania’s remote location is one of it’s best assets. During the year, it will play host to a range of music and arts events, including a food festival where you can sample the delicious local produce. At night, try to seek out Tasmanian devils, or in the daytime see the historic site of Port Arthur.

How to get there: Fly on domestic routes to Tasmania from Australia.

Nepal

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Following the devastating earthquake, in 2016 the best way to support Nepal’s recovery efforts is through tourism, the country’s biggest earner. Whether you want to scale the Himalayas or head deep into the jungle, this amazing country has it all. If you need to feel at peace, visit a Buddhist temple or monastery.

How to get there: Get a connecting flight to Nepal with Turkish Airlines.

Nashville, USA

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It’s rootin-tootin’ music city! Voted one of the top 10 cities for 2016 by Lonely Planet, it’s not all cowboy boots and honky tonks in Nashville. You can enjoy a cultural arts scene, but if country music is your thing, make sure you see the Country Music Hall of Fame and watch a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Lastly, if you love Jack Daniels, visit the distillery where it is made!

How to get there: American Airlines has connecting flights with a stopover in Philadelphia.

Burgundy, France

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Some travel experts can’t believe how little this region of France is visited by tourists. See beautiful countryside and Renaissance architecture, indulge in delicious wine and food. Some of the vineyards in this region are even UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dijon is the cultural capital of the region and has lots to offer visitors and of course, wine tasting is a compulsory activity.

How to get there: Choose where you fly to, be it Bordeaux or Nice. Alternatively, drive across the region with a hire car from Avis.

Where will you go in 2016?