The 16 Best Places to go in 2016

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With 2015 nearly at an end, its that time of year to look at the best places to go in 2016 to help you plan your new year adventures. There are 16 hot spots that made the list and they’re some of the most incredible locations the world has to offer. Many of these places are best to travel to now before the crowds, as we predict them to be some of the world’s best destinations on the cusp of mass tourism. Here we go!

One Week in Israel - Jerusalem

16. Jerusalem

Jerusalem is considered a sacred and holy city to Jews, Muslims and Christians around the world. In the present day, the three monotheistic religions are represented in the city, with a 7th Century Islamic gold dome, the Western Wall and Via Dolorosa being the most prominent locations in the city. Tourism is picking up in Jerusalem, and there’s little wonder why given it is one of the oldest cities in the world and reveals layers of history.


15. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has seen a strong increase in tourism over recent years, given its untouched scenery, lush beaches, friendly locals, tonnes of elephants (literally), famous tea history and relatively cheap prices in comparison to its surrounding neighbours. If you enjoy wildlife, nature and have an interest in colonial history, this is a fantastic destination that is still somewhat flying under the radar (but perhaps not for long!)


14. Bagan, Myanmar

This ancient city has quickly become one of the most sought after countries to explore and will continue to experience rapid growth in tourism coming into 2016 and beyond. Known as a “temple town”, Bagan is a fantastic city to explore both on foot and in the air, on one of the iconic balloon trips over the city.

San Francisco, CA, USA

13. San Francisco

Los Angeles and New York have long been considered the entry points to the USA for foreigners, however more and more travellers have been falling in love with another coastal favourite; San Francisco. Although it has always been popular for travellers, San Fran has really taken off in recent years – not just for visitors but for residents as well. Regarded as one of the best cities to live in, rent prices have now soared above those in Manhattan!

Rio de Janeiro

12. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro re-launched itself on the international scene in 2014 with the FIFA World Cup and since then, tourism has been constantly increasing. In August 2016 this city will host the Olympics so it is sure to be another busy year for this international destination. If you can squeeze in a visit, don’t miss the views from Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and perhaps even paragliding over the city!


11. Belize

Located on the Eastern coast of Central America is Belize, a country not known to many but to those that have been, it is regarded as one of the most incredible places on earth to get in touch with nature. The wildlife is unique, the landscapes are unique, and resorts in the country who focus on sharing the nature + luxury + adventure activities with their guests are set to thrive in 2016 as more and more luxe travellers are looking for more than a holiday lounging in the sun.


10. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world to travel to, with hotel prices constantly increasing as land is more and more difficult to come by. Regardless of the prices, it remains a traveller’s favourite and is set to be one of the most visited international hubs in 2016. If you do choose to stopover, consider staying for more than a few days as there really is so much to see here beyond the major tourist attractions. For examples there are some great hikes throughout Hong Kong with sweeping views of the city and surrounding ocean.


9. Bahamas

The Bahamas have long been a favourite for travellers seeking sun, sand and crystal blue waters. With more and more travellers venturing as far and wide as possible, we’re predicting a turn around in the trend with more travellers taking more trips more often, to destinations close by. For US residents there really is no better vacation destination than the Caribbean… or to the coast of Mexico!

Great Wall of China

8. Countryside China

When you see this image, you instantly think of China. Its a no-brainer because the location is in the name! However more and more travellers are becoming intrigued with new destinations in China beyond the Great Wall and major cities, as this country has so much natural beauty to offer visitors. With travel throughout China becoming more accessible and more affordable, countryside China is set to WOW its visitors in 2016 and beyond.


7. Crete, Greece

When you think of island hopping Greece, your mind will likely immediately wander to Santorini or Mykonos. However Greece’s largest island, Crete, has a lot to offer visitors as well. With so much on offer from white sands to white mountains, Crete is a must stop for anyone visiting Greece and its dynamic islands.


6. Zurich, Switzerland

This huge Swiss city has managed to retain its’ small-town Swiss vibe, despite ever-growing outwards. This is by far my favourite city in Switzerland and a great stopover point throughout your European travels. I’ll be flying into Zurich next year at the start of my travels and cannot wait to get my hands on that famous Swiss chocolate again!


5. Maldives

Situated in South Asia, the Maldives have long been praised for their natural beauty, offering travellers an island experience like no other. If you’re looking for a honeymoon spot in 2016, this could easily be it. While the Maldives have been popular over recent years, we predict they’ll only continue to grow in popularity in 2016.


4. French Countryside

French culture has long been obsessed over by the rest of the world and while it is certainly nothing new, it will only continue to grow in 2016. This is perhaps a bit of a personal inclusion as the French countryside has long been an area on the top of my places to explore… and in 2016 I refuse to let this one go out of my reach! Idyllic towns such as Colmar and Annecy are on top of the list.

Maui Hawaii

3. Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is (understandably) one of the most visited states in the United States as it is so loved for its idyllic beaches and tropical climate. While most travellers head straight to Waikiki Beach (Oahu Island), the more experienced visitors to Hawaii know that Maui is the pick of the islands. With more and more travellers looking to venture beyond the hot spots in 2016, Maui tourism is set to take off.


2. Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania has quickly fallen on everyone’s radar as one of the must visit locations in Australia and predictions are that tourism growth will continue well into 2016 and beyond. Being a Tasmanian myself I am more than a little biased, but don’t be surprised when you see this little island off the coast off Australia popping up in many other travel lists as it is truly a hidden gem!


1. Havana, Cuba

They say you should save the best for last so what better location to finish with than Havana, Cuba, the city that appears to have been caught in a time warp. At the beginning of 2015 I swore to myself I would reach this city before the year’s end, but alas, I still am yet to go. Travellers who have been to Cuba often cite it as one of their most memorable experiences and it is hard to question why. Before the influx of tourism really kicks off and America arrives, you should do your best to visit Cuba and in particular Havana in 2016 (I again pledge to do so!)


Over to you! Which countries will you pledge to visit in 2016!?

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    Rebecca Watson
    March 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    So glad you included Belize 🙂

    Suzan Hall
    March 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I am glad you’ve included San Francisco cause I am leaving for SF this weekend. Loved your post!

    Mauricio Campos
    February 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Such an awesome post! Some of these are on our travel bucket list as well!

    Katie Beadle
    January 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

    My family are about to start planning a family holiday to Sri Lanka to visit relatives for the first time in just over 12 years. My brother and I are now old enough (we were 5 and 8 when we last went) to be taken on a 1.5 week tour of the country rather than just staying in the capital, and I plan to write a diary of as much of my time there as I can, write about it on my blog, and possible create a travel scrapbook as well!

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    Lennae Stubbs
    December 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    After seeing this list, I just want to go traveling now!

    Lennae xxx

    December 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Great list! I would love to visit them all, especially the warm places 😉
    I had my honeymoon in Rio, but I would’t mind a 2nd one in the Maldives!

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    December 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Sri Lankaa it is..

    December 26, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Great places! Even though I wouldn’t say that Zurich is “huge” – isn’t its population less than half a million or so?

    December 25, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I’m visiting Cuba at the end of next year! Can’t wait.

    I’m also heading to the French countryside and Switzerland in February.

    And I’ll get to Rio but not until February next year.

    They are all stops on my 15 month trip around the world!

    Anke Roosendans
    December 22, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I can only agree on Havana! Definitely one of the most different and memorable cities I’ve visited this year…actually, ever. Majestic and run-down, colorful and hot while feeling like you travelled at least 60 years back in time and sometimes even 200.

    December 22, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Nice list! Although I can’t agree that Sri Lanka is cheaper than its neighbors. Sri Lanka was sometimes even more expensive than India…depends probably where you head to in Sri Lanka.

    December 22, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Cuba is a great place to visit. However, love your number 9 pick. Coming from the Bahamas we couldn’t recommend it more (we may be a bit bias). If this is on any ones list definitely check out some of the out islands.

    December 20, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I’ll travel to Latvia and Poland in 2016.
    Maybe I’ll spend a few weeks at Lake Balaton in Summer
    and as my 7-years-old wants to do a Mother-Daughter-Vacation
    we think about visiting Rome together.
    Greetings from Bavaria 🙂

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, you would loooove Annecy. This is probably one of the cutest village in France! The Bahamas, San Francisco, Myanmar, China and Hawaii are on top on my list… With Mongolia! There are sooo many places to explore, it’s hard to know where to start!

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    Israel has been on my bucket list for such a long time! But for 2016 French country is on my list thanks to my French bf.

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    December 20, 2015 at 2:30 am

    We will visit HongKong very soon!

    December 20, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Britany in Ftance is also quite cool but a bit freazing. I really like your post, I hope that you’ll be able to go to all those places and that you’ll enjoy it! xx

    December 20, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I’d love to visit Japan and Australia ! 🙂

    December 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Wauw, great post and awesome destinations!

    December 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    #14!! I completely agree – I think everyone should visit before it gets too touristy. Love the rest of the list as well, so many new places for my list 🙂

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    Leonie Parker
    December 19, 2015 at 1:51 am

    What I would give to go to the Maldives. Maybe one day!
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    Laura Mareno
    December 18, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I just want to go everywhere!!! Really good post! I would really like visiting Zurich! kisses:D

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    December 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I have Israel and the South of France on my list too, I’ll add Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua 🙂

    December 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Wonderful post, thank you for the travel inspiration! In 2016 I have 3 trips planned so far: Brussels & Brugges, Belgium, Vienna, Austria and Taormina, Sicily, plus any additional weekend getaways I can do in my home country, Romania. Looking forward to see what else the year brings!

    December 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Greece and Maldives is at the top of my list!!!

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    December 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    San Francisco is top in my list.

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    December 18, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Nice Information in the post

    December 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Well, I’ve only been to once of those with another one booked already for next year, and a few more on the 2017 list… this is making me a bit more determined to plan now!!

    December 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    The french and chinese countryside is definitely a place I’m dying to visit! Also Sri Lanka!! There are parts of indonesia that are gorgeous too and i’d love to visit those places someday! 🙂

    x Carina / Running White Horses

    Lucy Ronan
    December 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’d never heard of Bagan before but it’s certainly on my list now 🙂
    Here’s to a fantastic year of travel! 🙂 X

    December 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I definitely want to go to Greece next year 🙂 Lovely post, the images make me miss travelling so much!

    December 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for including SF on this list!

    December 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    All great ideas! Thanks for the list. It is nice to have something narrowed down to reference when thinking about booking tickets!

    December 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Rio will definitely be popular in 2016 – it’s hosting the Olympics!

    December 18, 2015 at 8:05 am

    My husband and I have also plans to visit 2016 San Francisco 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Laura Gois
    December 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Australia is top of my ‘to visit’ list for 2016 so I’ll definitely be making a pit stop in Tasmania! x
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