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Best destinations for 2016

Travellers in 2016 are expected to continue exploring emerging tourism markets, seeking  value for money.

The growth of new destinations is complementing trends toward budget airlines; layover bookings and mixed transport methods.

Of course, big travel favourites like Italy, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona,  and Australia are continuing to boom, despite rising costs in many areas.


And the Austrian Alps, Switzerland, Germany and elegant Denmark are also retaining their status as fairytale holiday destinations.

However, currency movements, the cost of flying into the traditional  airports and economic pressures are  accelerating a push toward Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, Asia, the domestic US market and Oceania.

Value offered by developing tourism economies like Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Serbia – where daily costs can be remarkably low –  are making the Balkans a rising star on the travel scene.

Sofia Cathedral

Low-price destinations that are yet to attract the crowds of Prague and Vienna, include:

  • Sofia, Bulgaria (above)
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Prizren Kosovo
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Bratislava, Slovakia

In Central Europe, Krakow, Poland, with its stunning Old Town and Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic (below) also offer great value without the touristy feel.

Cesky Krumlov

Cost is also driving a strong push toward many of the less well-known  destinations in Asia, including;

  • Cambodia, which remains one of the world’s best value attractions for travellers
  • Vietnam, especially the Hanoi area and Hoi An
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Sri Lanka
  • Goa, Kerala and Sikkim, India

Singapore and Beijing, China now number among the world’s most sophisticated and popular cities, but still offer plenty of scenery and jewels for travellers.


Oceania, increasingly, is appearing on travel plans. The beauty of the Pacific Ocean region has long been recognised, but many of the lesser known centres are attracting increased interest.

Good  value destinations include;

  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Bora Bora
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Cook Islands
  • Noumea
  • Suva

Regardless of where you are planning to visit in 2016, we wish you enjoyable and safe travelling.










About Ian Roberts (266 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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