As we begin 2016 we are all thinking about the places we might go in the coming year and the ones that really should be at the top of our lists. There are lots of reasons why a destination might be a hotspot in 2016 – from world-class events being staged there to fewer restrictions on travel.
Here are our predictions for the 12 months ahead.
If you have been thinking about doing the epic Trans-Siberian Railway route from Moscow to Vladivostok for a while, then perhaps 2016 is the year to make it a reality. After all, it marks 100 years since the final tracks were laid and the 5,772-mile railroad opened to the public.
Having taken 25 years to build, the sheer scale of this incredible feat should not be underestimated. Spend eight days completing the journey, passing through seven times zones, witnessing the likes out Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and the Amur River out of the window.
Rio de Janeiro will be hosting this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, meaning sports fans from across the world will be flocking to the city. But it’s not just the coastal metropolis that will be getting all the attention, as the whole country will be coming under scrutiny.
It’s a long way to go just to watch a few sporting events, so undoubtedly many people will choose to extend their trip into a more varied holiday. From the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to Iguazu Falls and Rio da Prata, Brazil has plenty to explore.
Arguably England’s most famous son, William Shakespeare, died 400 years ago in 2016. He has long been a tourist attraction, but it is likely that more people than ever will flock to London and Stratford-upon-Avon to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
There will be special performances of many of his plays, exhibitions and talks to interest fans of the bard. There will even be the opportunity to see one of just six remaining examples of his signature, which can be found on the deed for a property he bought in 1613. It is to go on show at the City of London Heritage Gallery later this month.
There are lots of reasons to visit the USA, but chief among them for outdoor lovers is it national parks. 2016 marks 100 years since the National Park Service came into being, meaning there has been no better time to organise a trip to the US centred around these incredible and diverse destinations.
From the gushing geysers of Yellowstone to the natural carved sandstone monuments of Arches, which gave the park its name, there is something for everyone in this centenary year.
Food tourism has been growing in recent years and with it the interest in Malaysia – a destination perfectly placed to take advantage of a wide range of culinary traditions. From Nonya and Thai to Indian and Taiwanese, all manner of flavours come together in this incredible nation.
Street food is undoubtedly the way to go, with Jalan Alor being the ultimate thoroughfare to dive straight into a variety of dishes in Kuala Lumpur. Those who venture away from the capital to the island of Penang will be rewarded with some of the best food in the world in George Town. Be sure to tuck into laksa, mee goreng and roti canai during your stay.
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