Top 5 Holiday Destinations for 2016
on 19 January 2016
Feel like something different from Thailand and Bali for your next escape? Try our pick of this year's hottest travel destinations, whether you prefer to avoid the crowds or join the party.
Now is the best time to experience Cuba, before the floods of tourists arrive and turn this formerly isolated island nation into the next Caribbean hotspot. Relations with the United States have warmed to a point that embassies have reopened, and the crowds can't be far behind.
Discover Cuba's wealth of World Heritage treasures from Old Havana to Trinidad, see where the legendary cigars are made, and relax by the beach in Varadero while you can still find space.
4. Myanmar (Burma)
The rising star of Southeast Asia, Myanmar has become infinitely more welcoming to outsiders since the historic election of Aung San Suu Kyi as leader in 2015, bringing 50 years of military rule to a close.
Some trouble spots are still off-limits, but there's still plenty to keep you occupied during any length of stay, whether you're drawn to the ancient temples of Bagan and the colonial charms of Mandalay or nature excursions in the Shan Highlands and Inle Lake.
Japan has always exuded exotic appeal, but now it's easier than ever to get around the sprawling archipelago without having to fly. A new bullet train opening in March offers direct rail access between Tokyo and the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Japan's four-season outdoor playground.
Head to Hokkaido in the summer for hiking, climbing and camping, or wait until winter for some of the world's finest skiing. Even if you're staying in the city, Sapporo's hipster vibe offers a laid-back contrast to bustling Tokyo and has been named one of the country's most attractive tourist spots.
Spanish holidays are almost a cliche, but the Iberian peninsula is making a comeback in 2016 thanks to San Sebastian being named Europe's City of Culture, with a year-round calendar of festivals to celebrate.
Even before the accolade, the Basque country has always been noted for its cuisine, with San Sebastian's restaurants sharing a total of 16 Michelin stars. The local beaches are nothing to be sniffed at either, including two impressive surf spots.
If you want to be where the action is in 2016, nothing beats Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is a lively city even when major international sporting events aren't in town, but this year's Olympic Games are set to break all records and draw even larger crowds than the World Cup two years ago. Make your reservations now, so you don't miss the biggest party of the year.
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Wherever you're thinking of heading in 2016, talk to the travel experts at Tripaway Cruise & Travel
for recommendations and competitive rates on flights, accommodation and package deals in all parts of the world.
Their office at The Strand Coolangatta hosts a monthly Solo Travellers Meet & Greet, the perfect way to find like-minded adventurers for your next trip.