The Best Places to Travel in 2016

By Abi King | Travel Tips

Jan 05

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 via @insidetravellab

Answering the Question: the best places to travel in 2016

Well, hello, hello, hello and Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun and friend-filled time even if things do look a little gloomy now that the glitter and tinsel have all but disappeared.

If there’s one question I get asked a lot at this time of year, it’s the one about your 2016 travel plans. It comes in various forms:

– Where’s the best place to go on holiday this year (if you’re British)

  • Where’s the best place to vacation (if you’re not)
  • Where’s the best city break for 2016?
  • Where’s the best adventure destination?
  • What’s best for couples? (This used to be honeymoons. Happily, now it’s more likely to be anniversaries.)
  • Where would you recommend for a babymoon?
  • Where are the best places to travel to in 2016 full stop?

Endangered lion in Kenya via @insidetravellab

So, before we get back to regularly scheduled programming, here’s the New Year Special. I’m entering 2016 with a lemsip in one hand and a box of tissues in the other, so if it sounds a little lacklustre, I’ll be back with jazzier words soon.

The recommendations are just as good though. Promise.

The Best Places to Travel in 2016*

I’ve split the categories into “classic” and “unusual” but that’s as strategic as it gets. This really is a case of me gathering together the chats I’ve had with friends over the last few weeks.

IceHotel Sweden Door

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR ROMANCE

Paris still. Paris always. Do not let that awful attack last year put you off. The city’s still as safe as ever – perhaps more so now with everyone on high alert.

After that, try snuggling up in an ice hotel with only each other to keep warm or go to the opposite extreme with sand and swimsuits in the Caribbean.

The beautiful beach from San Sebastian Spain to the Balenciaga Museum via @insidetravellab

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR CULTURE: EUROPE

I’m feeling all kinds of good things for Madrid in a classical cultural way at the moment. Even if you think you’re “not an art person,” I dare you to give Madrid another try.

San Sebastian, the coastal beacon of the Basque country in Northern Spain is rightly proud to have overcome the trials of its past to earn its place as the European Capital of Culture 2016.

Oh, and last year, I fell in love with Riga and what it has to offer.

Children in Burma or Myanmar

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR CULTURE: WORLDWIDE

Oooh, this one is tricky. In classical terms, there’s always New York, New Orleans and the islands of Japan but I’d also throw Quito and the whole of Jordan into the mix (just be sure to keep checking the travel advice – which is what you should be doing anyway.)

Detroit has also burst back onto the scene as it’s prospects are looking up: think Motown, cool architecture and some astonishing American history.

Then there’s Burma/Myanmar, a country rich with natural and architectural beauty that’s changing day by day.

Giraffe chandelier in Giraffe Manor from @insidetravellab

 

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR WILDLIFE

The Galapagos Islands and Madagascar make travel feel as though you’re stepping into a David Attenborough production.

They’re truly stunning but they don’t have the “big” animals roaming around so if that’s what you’re after then I would recommend sub-Saharan Africa for a safari.

(Here are some of my favourite safari spots in Botswana, South Africa and Kenya.)

Finally (!) if you love horses and money is no object then check out this spectacular eco ranch in Nevada or catch up with the genuine rodeo crowd in Texas or Western Canada (more about them later this year.)

Candle Festival Malta

Streets of Malta dripping with candles during the Birgu Festival

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR A BABYMOON

Ahhhh…. This isn’t really my area of expertise and I’d strongly, strongly recommend you check things out with your doctor before booking anything. Bear in mind that you’re at higher risk of blood clots when pregnant and that you may well be, how shall we put this, more concerned with the state of drinking water and which medicines you take than usual. Less risk averse? And with good reason.

So, taking all that into account, my personal recommendation would be to not head too far from home. Don’t spend too long on a plane and don’t get too far from medical facilities you know and trust. But these are just my personal thoughts.

If you’re based in Europe, how about the islands of Malta for some sunshine and a glimpse of another culture? Or Italy? Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Italy?

Abigail King with T Rex at Terra Botanica

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 AS A FAMILY

Again, not something I have direct experience of but many of my family travel blogging friends assure me that nowhere’s really off limits if you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Let me recommend Mummy’s Little Monkey or The Family Adventure Project for starters. And EuropaPark in Germany and the Terra Botanica Theme Park in France (see smiley T-Rex pic above.)

Driving in Morocco

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR A ROAD TRIP

Wheeee…well, one of the classic road trips is the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It uses Melbourne as a hub and can be completed in a leisurely and interesting week. Koalas and kangaroos virtually guaranteed.

If you can handle hairy camels and an all round hairier pace, then take to the beaches and mountains of Morocco. Again, you can cover a lot of ground and encounter plenty of derring-do within the space of a week.

Cycling in Bad Ischl back on the road

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR A CHALLENGE

Have you thought of a walking or cycling holiday? I’ve tried a few options over the last few years and would really recommend them as a way of getting under the skin of a destination while also getting fit and feeling free. If you partner with a company like Headwater (a company I worked with, I ought to point out, but only because I think they’re so good) then they can book all your hotels and move all your luggage leaving you to just follow the map and explore.

Beach Thursday Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Mexico

THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2016 FOR A BEACH HOLIDAY

Hm. Well, for out of this world beaches, the Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar spring to mind. But there’s Mexico, Thailand and Malaysia, too, plus plenty of beach spots in Australia. Closer to home, Europe has plenty of beaches but it can be tricky to find a balance between the crowds and the sometimes crisp weather.

If the sun shines, try Pembrokeshire in Wales or charter a boat yourself and dip in and out of clear water in Greece.

Inspire Me from @insidetravellab

HM, I’M STILL NOT CONVINCED. I NEED MORE!

Hehe. Well, it is a big, wide world out there. I have a hard time narrowing down where I would love to travel to next.

So, I’d recommend browsing around the blog!

Explore by idea:

Make Me Think

Make Me Smile

Inspire Me

Explore by destination: the place to start is here.

And, of course, if you are looking for a second or third opinion, I’ve rounded up some of the heavies’ lists below:

Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2016

National Geographic: Best Trips 2016

Travel & Leisure: Best Places to Travel in 2016

Frommers: The Best Places to Go in 2016

Fodor’s Go List 2016

If all else fails, try spinning a globe or flicking open the pages of an atlas. You’ll have to just trust your lucky stars you don’t end up in a war zone. Or in Hull (with apologies to Blackadder and, of course, people who live in Hull.)

Happy travel planning!

Cheers,

Abi (2)

*According to, well, me. But I do get a lot of practice ;-)

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