5 Upcoming Destinations for 2016
Move over Spain and Greece, there are some new kids on the travel scene and they’re set to become some of the hottest destinations on the planet. If you need help planning your summer holiday we have just the thing for you with five upcoming destinations for 2016. You’ll want to start exploring as soon as possible, before the secret gets out.
It might be a relatively small island, but Madagascar is home to 8,000 animal species that can’t be found anywhere else. That’s 5% of the planet’s biodiversity! And right now while it’s undeveloped and just as nature intended visitors will be greeted by desert canyons, tropical rainforests and, of course, stunning beaches. You’ll often find yourself alone on the beach as this part of the world is so untouched by tourism. Best of all, April through to November is an ideal time to visit.
It might not be the first place you think of when planning your next holiday, but Iran is set to be a big deal with twenty million tourists set to visit by 2025. Don’t let its image put you off, travellers to Iran have remarked on how friendly and welcoming Iranians are so you’re sure to feel right at home. It’s a diverse destination too with opportunities to ski, haggle at markets, listen to traditional Persian poetry, sample the local cuisine, soak up the sun on the beach, explore local mosque and visit a whopping nineteen UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Silverback gorillas are Uganda’s main draw and a trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest should be on the bucket list of all intrepid travellers. But it’s not the only thing Uganda has going for it. You can also visit the Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, discover breath-taking waterfalls and cross the equator on a boat ride across Lake Victoria. Not to mention its stunning white sand beaches!
Proving that destinations off the beaten track don’t have to be a long haul flight away, Romania is much more than just its capital of Bucharest. The imposing Carpathian mountain range is the ideal place to ski, hike, fish and go bird-watching alongside some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. For those a little braver, why not head to Transylvania where, alongside picturesque castles and churches, you can learn all about the nation’s famous monsters including ghosts, werewolves and, of course, vampires. Be sure to visit Bran’s Castle – the home of Bram Stoker’s famous Count Dracula.
One of the world’s least-visited destinations, Palau may be a tiny nation around the same size as New York City, but it recently protected 80% of its ocean to create a marine reserve the size of California. Known as the “Serengeti of the Sea” Palau is one of the world’s best diving spots and is definited by its beautiful emerald outcrops and lagoons. Home to 1,300 fish and some 700 coral species, Palau has one of the planet’s largest marine biodiversity populations and offers visitors the chance to swim amongst thousands of venom-free jellyfish or enjoy the view of the 445 Koror Rock Islands – a UNESCO World Heritage site – from the skies in a light aircraft.