Top travel destinations for 2016

By Jade Harding

2016 is set to be bigger, better and even more adventurous when it comes to travel. Check out the top destinations that are sure to excite the nomad in us all…

If you are struggling to get back into the swing of things after the festive season then why not book a holiday and give yourself something to look forward to? January is also a great time to bag a deal too!

We have looked into the places that are set to be popular with travellers this year and a mixture of exciting locations have come up.

We reveal where you need to visit and why with our top three travel picks for the coming year…

Poland

After defying the recession that hit most of Europe and coming up trumps in the Euro 2012 football championship, Poland’s tourism seems to just keep growing. According to SuperBreak, web searches for the Polish city, Krakow have increased more than six fold since 2014. Aside from the fact it is great value for money, Poland is also steeped in well preserved history. The Old Town Hall in Wroclaw is a must-see piece of architecture. The gothic turrets and off-yellow roofing make it one of the most interesting looking buildings in the country. While Krakow, another popular area is crammed with galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and the impressive 10 acre main market square.

This year the Pope will be visiting on World Youth Day on July 25th – an event that is sure to bring in huge crowds. Poland is also the 2016 European Capital of Culture, which is adding a sparkle to the lesser known areas and creating a buzz for this up and coming country.

Cuba

Cuba has been tipped as one of the most exciting travel destinations for 2016 and we can certainly see why! The vintage-esque atmosphere makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. With the traditional cobble streets filled with antique motor vehicles it is hard not to fall in love with this place. The historic buildings are tired and in a little need of restoration but that still doesn’t make them any less stunning, with Old Havana only adding to this beauty with its century old gems.

Tourism is set to increase rapidly after President Obama announced he was loosening the travel restrictions to Cuba – another reason to get there this year. This may be the last time you will be able to visit and see the traditional way of living and untouched surroundings, especially as preparations for the tourism boom are already underway with new hotels, a multimedia art space and a variety of fine dining restaurants set to be built.

Botswana

Botswana is one of the most spectacular places to visit. With its abundance of stunning landscapes and awe inspiring wildlife this holiday will certainly be an experience. Safaris are certain to deliver what you want, with Botswana having more elephants than any other country, as well as being home to lions, rhinos and a wide selection of amazing birds. Although this does come at a price. It is quite an exclusive destination and accommodation is sparse.

The landlocked country is surrounded by the Kalahan Desert and the Okavango Delta and is one of the few untouched and untameable spaces left in the world. You can also visit the neighbouring villages where you will be able to experience first hand the rich cultural heritage of the tribes and families. The diversity and natural surroundings are sure to make for a great trip.

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