29 Jan Cheapest Countries to Travel to in 2016
Here are 7 destinations for your next getaway in 2016. They promise amazing sights and special festivals, and will not cost a bomb!
Picked by Lonely Planet as the top country to visit in 2016, Botswana is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa.
The land of the okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, Botswana promises one of the vastest stretch of wilderness – 17% of the land area is occupied by national parks and Game reserve – large ares of land where wild animals live safely.
Botswana is also celebrating 50 years of Independence in 2016 with massive celebrations across the country.
Where to Stay
Address: Mombo Island, in the Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Reaching the camp requires the coordination of air transfers, so it’s recommended that you get in touch to inquire about the specifics.
At Mombo Camp, you’ll live in luxurious suites on a river delta in Botswana, and enjoy two safari game drives a day.
Elephants and big cats are especially abundant, but on your twice-a-day safari drives, you’ll also look out for buffalo, dingoes, elephants, rhinos, and giraffes.
When you arrive at Mombo Camp, the first thing you’ll notice – other than the beauty of the surrounding landscape – is that the tent suites stand six feet off the ground. That’s because animals sometimes walk right through the camp.
Not to worry, though; the camp is lovely, but it’s also built for safety. Mombo Camp is surrounded by open floodplains, and is a goldmine for animal viewing any time of the year.
Besides your luxuriously furnished tent, you’ll have an amazing view of the delta, and whatever happens to be roaming it.
The reason why Mombo Camp is so expensive is because of the wildlife. This is what makes Mombo special. It is an animals’ galore where you get an amazing leopard sighting, a mama lion with 3 week old cubs, a male lion who had been stabbed by a warthog, a black rhino with baby, a hyena chased by elephant, African wild cat, and lots of birds.
Address: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana, a 50-minute charter flight from Maun Airport
Surround yourself with beautiful starry skies and the magic of Botswana at the all-inclusive San Camp.
The experience of staying in luxury tents and embarking upon an African safari is no longer a rare one. However, properties that also offer their guests classic safari charm and authenticity are difficult to find. Until one discovers San Camp.
Located on the edge of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – what remains of an extinct super lake that once covered most of Botswana, San Camp recalls a time when African adventures were elegant and exotic, but not always as seamlessly organised as they are today.
The activities in San Camp are hugely enjoyable. These activities are included in your stay. Quad biking on the pans is an amazing experience. You’ll go a long way with your guide, and find a bar that had been set up for sundowners literally in the middle of nowhere. It is so vast, the silence so complete, and the vista is incredible – you can see the curvature of the earth too. You can also spend a morning with some of the local bushmen and women, who showed us how they live off the land.
An intimate collection of classic white tents and desert palms, combined with simplified safari elegance and a minimal ecological impact create an overarching aura of Africa at its best. Meals are made with utmost care and completed with mouthwatering precision. So do yourself a favour and add San Camp to your “bucket list”.
2. Republic of Palau
The rising sea levels are a threat to tourism in Pulau. Visit Pulau soon before it is submerged!
The republic of Pulau is an archipelago of 200 pristine limestone and volcanic islands, blanketed in an emerald forest and surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon. Diving and snorkelling are among the top things to do here.
Where to Stay
Aliiibamou Resorts Carolines
Address: P.O. Box 10148, Koror, Koror Island 96940, Palau
Experience the intimacy of the Aliiibamou Resorts Carolines in your own private bungalow. Aliiibamou Resorts Carolines is the unique resort in Palau with private handcrafted bungalows which are modelled after traditional Palauan architecture. The bungalows are made using local materials such as bamboo, mahogany and mangrove, with structures are made almost entirely from wood.
The bungalows are situated on a hilltop over looking the beautiful Pacific ocean. If you are looking for a place to spend your honeymoon or to get away from all the bustle of the city; then Aliiibamou is the right place. A pleasant ocean breeze greets you as you return from the day’s activities just in time to watch the sunset from your bungalow. The jungle location is also ideal for bird watchers.
The old town in Latvia’s capital, Riga, still retains its impressive array of historic buildings, oversized churches and cobbled lanes.
What’s new, is the hip cafes that have spread throughout the city center, which are inspired by the New Nordic Movement – through the restoration of old buildings. Riga was awarded the European capital of culture in 2014.
Where to Stay
Gallery Park Hotel
Address: 7, Kr.Valdemara Street, Riga LV 1010, Latvia
Gallery Park Hotel has been opened in 2009 and has been already awarded the Best Hotel in Latvia. It is located in the heart of Riga in the 19th century building that is on the list of the World Heritage sites by UNESCO. At Gallery Park Hotel, opulence and comfort are not confined to the hotel’s public areas alone.
Every guest room and suite is a spacious, peaceful oasis of true sophistication and luxury, providing guests with the ultimate in comfort. The guest rooms and suites are decorated in the style of Napoleon lll, and in the most modern contemporary style.
Australia enters the must-visit list almost every year. With a stunning coastline, magnificent forests, charming towns and lots of wildlife, there is a lot to experience and discover in Australia.
You can also connect with the world’s oldest living culture at the newly refurbished Aboriginal Culture Park in Cairns. Listen to the stories of the local people or go hunting for mud crabs here!
Where to Stay
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Address: 2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley NSW 2790, Australia
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a conservation-based retreat that combines absolute luxury and seclusion with a quintessentially Australian bush experience. The resort is nestled between two national parks and set within its own 7,000-acre, carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve.
This ultra-luxury resort occupies just two per cent of the total land area and features 40 elegantly appointed, free-standing accommodation suites, double-sided fireplace and private verandah with stunning views of the Wolgan Valley and rugged sandstone escarpments.
The resort’s unique blend of native wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and Australian history can be explored through a range of activities that include wildlife safaris, nature walks, heritage tours, mountain biking and horseback riding. In an effort to help preserve and protect the resort’s natural surroundings, guests may also take part in conservation work alongside expert field guides.
2016 is a great time to visit Poland as Wroclaw has been acknowledged as the European City of Culture for 2016. During this time, a great number of festivals, concerts, conferences and cultural happenings will be held in Wroclaw. It’s a great time to visit in August – during the Krakow Pierogi Festival or in October – during the Warsaw Film Festival.
Where to Stay
Address: ul. Wilcza 73 Warsaw
The boutique 5-star Hotel Rialto is situated 500 metres from Warsaw Central Railway Station. Each room is individually decorated in Art Nouveau or Art Deco style, with antique and reproduction furniture, period fittings, and tiled or marbled baths. There are plenty of modern touches where it counts, such as power showers, and a sauna and steam room.
Address: Aleja Wolności 5 Kalisz
If you’ve schlepped through numerous three-star hotels in a hot Polish summer, you’ll weep with joy on encountering this excellent hotel’s deluxe doubles with air-conditioning, kettles and gleaming bathrooms. Go crazy and shell out for the Egyptian-themed suite. You’ll find it just south of the Old Town across the Prosna River.
Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated – Uruguay is a romantic and relaxing destination for travellers. You can watch the wildlife along the Atlantic Coast, go horseback riding, and hop between hot springs.
Where To Stay:
Address: Ruta 10 Km 185.5, José Ignacio 20402, Uruguay
The small fishing village of Jose Ignacio in Uruguay really comes to life from mid December to mid January, so for a month this vibrant village is the hippest, coolest place to be in the Southern hemisphere, if you are looking for a beach vacation that is happening, then this is it.
Casa Suaya has views of the grassy dunes and the beautiful blue ocean. It is a small boutique hotel, whose rooms are spread out amongst the lush grounds where the agapanthus flowers bloom amidst the pine trees.
The pool is the perfect place to unwind by and watch the beautiful people walk by. Casa Suaya is a great option as the rooms are large and spacious and very good for families and it is only a short five minute drive into Jose Ignacio to La Huella restaurant and boutique shops.
Address: Ruta 10 Kilometro 182.5, José Ignacio 20402, Uruguay
Bahia Vik is perched amidst the grassy sand dunes of Jose Ignacio’s beautiful Playa Mansa beach, a mirage amongst the dunes. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It is incredibly chic, a relaxed and calming place exuding charm and beautiful taste.
On entering the main public space of Bahia Vik, you are struck by the incredible gilded mural on the ceiling. The art is a big integral part of the hotel and huge paintings and other wonderful artwork are in abundance throughout the rooms and public spaces. It has a very contemporary feel to it both inside and outside. There are 11 beachfront bungalows, some with two or three bedrooms along with suites in the main building. The bathrooms are beautiful, the tile work intricate and bathtubs to die for.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Inexpensive accommodation, meals, and intercity transportation make Bosnia and Herzegovina an ideal destination for budget travellers. Much of the old town in the city of Mostar is well-preserved. Head over to the iconic Stari Most Bridge for photo opportunities. You can also embark on adrenaline pumping activities such as rafting on the Una River or Skiing!
Where to Stay:
Herceg Etno selo Medjugorje
Address: Gospodarska zona bb Tromedja, Medjugorje 88266, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Extends to over 5000 square meters and it is famous as a pilgrim destination. The Hotel is Built in late 2008 and made up of over 50 stone buildings arranged in several sections. It is located in a little village, and there are many things to see – pool, small walks, ponds, boutique shops, an amphitheater and animals.