Are you already dreaming of where to go on your holidays next year? It makes sense to start planning your trip as early as possible, as there are great savings to be had the earlier you book. Although if you're not sure where to go, make sure you read on as we just might have the answer!
The adventure experts at Lonely Planet, who are well-known for their extensive and popular travel guide books, have compiled a list of the up-and-coming destinations for next year in the form of their new book, 'Best in Travel 2016'.
High contenders for being at the top of everyone's travel wish list for 2016 included Montenegro for its 'picture-perfect visage from virtually every angle', Transylvania for its 'breath-taking scenic rolling hills', and Botswana which was described as a 'unique, pristine destination that holds an unusual combination of desert and delta.'
The second most popular destination for 2016 is the USA as "œit has some of the most spectacular and surreal landscapes on the planet" as well as being a "œroad-tripping paradise." The third most popular destination is Japan, as the new book described it as, "œits cities are expertly crafted odes to futurism where the trains whir in the blink of an eye. The countryside, too, feels otherworldly, with all-continents-in-one landscapes that blend alpine peaks with shimmering shores." Finally, when it comes to the most popular city of next year, Kotor in Montenegro sits proudly at the top of the list. Kotor is a coastal town, which dates back to the 12th and 14th century, located in a rural spot along the Gulf of Kotor and is a firm favourite among the locals. Kotor has also been recognised for its stunning scenery, in particular its small and winding labyrinth lanes as well as its piazzas.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, alongside the bustling city of Dublin, Ireland, are named as 'Lonely Planet approved city break destinations' and are solid favourites of past travel guides. This year, surprisingly, these places have not made the cut, with Manchester being the only UK-based entry at number eight due to finding "œa new groove for the 21st century as a dynamo of culture and the arts." Dublin has been described as "œa truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavours and kaleidoscopic colours."
If you'd like to see for yourself the top 10 regions and the top 10 cities for 2016, why not check these out below.
Top 10 regions for 2016:
Top 10 cities for 2016
An unsurprising inclusion to the list is Rome; well-known tourist hotspots include the Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain, however most recently featured in the latest 007 Bond movie, Spectre. Released on October 26th, the film features a thrilling car chase along the River Tiber - a great route you must take to follow in 007's footsteps!
The Bran Castle in Transylvania is probably the most infamous, as well as spooky, stop - however there's so much more to see if you venture out to see the rolling hills of central Romania. Visiting the countryside offers travellers the chance to experience the 'last true medieval European landscape' - horse drawn carts and shepherds tending to their flocks are just some of the sights you'll see in this time-travelling location.
Furthermore, The Vinales Valley in Cuba is also a must see! This Unesco World Heritage Centre is encircled by dramatic rock and towering mountains in the distance. The area boasts many quaint and picturesque villages, primarily known for its agriculture and tobacco, offering visitors a unique and authentic Caribbean experience.
We hope that this has given you some food for thought as to where to travel to in 2016! If you're planning to book a break to one of these destinations, we recommend organising your trip sooner rather than later to avoid potential disappointment due to popularity.
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