As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to start planning another year of world travels. Fifteen countries over the past twelve months, (some highlights here) I’m aiming to beat my own record next year. Kicking things off in the Caribbean, here are the 6 best places to visit in 2016, in no particular order….[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]1. Jamaica(n me crazy)
When I asked the Caribbean tourism board for suggestions for Irish travellers, Jamaica was top of their list. I’m heading over in a couple of weeks with my friend Laura to discover the food, music, beaches and history of the place. My travels usually take me to weird and wonderful locations staying in pods and on boats, always looking for something a bit alternative, but this time we’re going all out in a 5* luxury all inclusive beach-side hotel. Because January.
2016 is the perfect time to visit Jamaica if you’re travelling from Ireland as Falcon Holidays are offering packages with DIRECT Thomson Airways Dreamliner flights starting this summer, music to my ears. [dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]2. Iceland
New routes from Dublin and Bristol with WOW Air, Stansted with EasyJet and Aberdeen with Icelandair, are making it easier to get to Iceland making it one of the 6 best places to visit in 2016. The Bubble Hotel opens January 9th, offering a clear bubble bedroom in the forest perfect for star gazing. Go before April for the best views of the northern lights. [dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]3. British Virgin Islands
I sometimes think of these locations only being for honeymooners, then I stumble across a trip like The Soul Sail and get goosebumps. 12 yachts, 8 islands, one week in the BVIs…sail to Spanish Town and Tortola, do yoga by day, party by night…this is all about adventure and authenticity and the very first one of its kind, so get in early to be part of the original crew. Just watch the video and thank me later.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]4. Ireland (duh)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ at least 739440 times in 2015. While the name has started to wear on me, the sights say something else entirely and if you’ve seen the new Star Wars film (I haven’t and won’t be) you might recognise the Skellig Islands. Actually, I’m surprised at the amount of TV & movie filming in Ireland that I didn’t know about, have a read of this list that includes Harry Potter and Braveheart.
The Giant’s Causeway and Cliffs of Moher are on my to do list, as are pretty much all the places named in this Buzzfeed round-up. But first up I want to view the Skellig Islands from Bray Head Signature Point on Valentia Island and head North for a tour of the Game of Thrones filming locations.
While I’m lucky enough to call it home, that doesn’t stop Ireland making it onto my list of the 6 best places to visit in 2016, I’ve got a lot more to explore.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]5. Cuba (quiero bailar la salsa)
Quick! Get there before it changes forever. The green light has been given for 110 daily round trip flights originating in America to land in Cuba for the first time in 50 years. General tourism is still banned, but that doesn’t mean things won’t change on the island. So if you want to see it in all it’s fifties-cars-and-no-Starbucks glory, you’d want to get on it, fast.
See travelmood.ie for holidays from Ireland.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]6. Cape Town
At a time when the Euro/Dollar exchange is not in our favour, it makes sense to get a bit more bang for your buck. South Africa is a long-haul destination where you can do just that. While the cost of air-fare might still be reasonable to the States, once you land, your spending is going to be about 25% more compared to this time last year thanks to the currency conversion. A quick hotel search shows me that similar accommodation in LA will cost you around 50% more than a bed in the same star-category in Cape Town. Food & drink will keep the budget down too and there’s no shortage of beaches, wineries, adventure sports, arts, nightlife and shopping to make it one of the 6 best places to visit in 2016.
What’s made your list for the coming year?[dt_gap height=”10″ /]