10 Emerging Destinations for 2016

Published 22 June 2016

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

Looking for holiday inspiration? Fear not! Here’s our guide to the hottest destinations of 2016, the up-and-coming places that have until now remained under the radar. Get there quick, before someone else beats you to it.

Antarctica boat cruise


Dotted with creeping glaciers and towering mountains and home to the ever popular emperor penguin, Antarctica is the stuff of icy dreams. Inaccessibility, cost and extreme weather conditions mean that for most the mysterious seventh continent remains just that: a dream. But this snowy land is not as unreachable as you might think – Antarctic cruises are a great way to see the White Continent in style, and don’t have to break the bank. Believe it or not, it’s also possible to soar above it on a day trip, flying from Sydney or Melbourne in the early morning and returning in time for dinner. With global temperatures on the rise, the ice might not be here much longer, so go now and see this frosty wilderness in all its glory, while you still can.

Chat to your Expert about Round the World’s Antarctica holidays.

Leopard, Tanzania

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania is once again stealing the limelight from neighbouring Kenya. While the Serengeti tops everyone’s list of wildlife parks, the lesser-known Ruaha National Park gives ample game-spotting opportunities without the crowds or the high price tag. Ruaha is known for its big cat population, and you’ll have a good chance of spotting leopard, cheetah and lions in the wild here. What’s more, it couldn’t be easier to add on a beach holiday to the white sand beaches of nearby Zanzibar, filled with history, culture and fabulously indulgent beach hotels.

Head to Tanzania with Round the World Experts’ East Africa Discovery Journey.

Bagan, Burma

Burma (Myanmar)

Recent elections in Burma show the country making its first tentative steps towards democracy. This, coupled with the removal of its tourism boycott in 2012 and a weakening of economic sanctions, means that this once locked-down country is opening up to investors and tourists more than ever before. So far it remains a mystical land of temples, pagodas and forests, with its diverse culture and traditions still intact. Go now, before the developers arrive.

Explore Burma with Round the World Experts’ Complete Burma Journey.

Dallas skyline

Dallas, Texas, USA

New York and Los Angeles top everyone’s list of US cities to visit, but fewer travellers make the detour to dynamic Dallas. Those that do will find plenty to entertain: the home of the Dallas Cowboys boasts America’s largest arts district, whose flagship gallery the Dallas Museum of Art is filled with more than 24,000 artworks. The city is filled with history too – after all it was here in 1963 that President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, and you can learn more about it at the Sixth Floor Museum. Best of all, you’ll never go hungry, with countless restaurants serving up giant portions of smoky Tex-Mex specialities. Yum!

See the sights in Dallas on Round the World Experts’ Texas Highlights Journey.

Vang Vieng, Laos


Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours, Laos is no less spectacular. Largely ignored by travellers until the 1990s, Laos has so far managed to escape the overdevelopment and crowds of Thailand and Vietnam, giving visitors a chance to gain a true insight into its culture, rather than a diluted, touristy version. Highlights include experiencing the traditional way of life on the Mekong River, heading outdoors into the dramatic scenery of Vang Vieng and soaking up the culture among the temples of Luang Prabang. With all this and more, the lesser-known of the Southeast Asian countries often ends up being the firm favourite.

Tour Laos on Round the World Experts’ Landscapes of Laos Journey.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games rapidly approaching, the world’s eyes will soon be focused on Rio de Janeiro, making now the perfect time for a Brazilian adventure. Rio itself boasts one of the most spectacular settings of any city, with the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer keeping watch over the beaches and forested peaks, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Not typically one for world-class sporting events, Rio is a great jumping off point for adventures in the Amazon Rainforest and days chilling on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande orthe paradise islands of Paraty. So what are you waiting for?

Discover Brazil with Round the World Experts’ our Wonders of Brazil Journey.

Panda, Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China

Known as the panda capital of China, it is here that the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding looks after over 80% of the world population of our furry black and white friends. Visitors flock to see the adults munching on bamboo, and the adorable cubs, little more than balls of fluff, sleeping peacefully in their incubators. But Chengdu is not just about the nation’s favourite bear. It’s an up-and-coming city attracting visitors to linger a little longer after their panda encounter to take in its archaeological ruins, traditional teahouses and impressive Sichuanese face-changing shows.

For advice on holidays to China and to book, give Round the World Experts a call.

Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory, Australia

There’s no shortage of visitors to Uluru, a giant, russet-hued monolith poking out from the dusty sands of the Australian Outback. But despite it being one of the country’s most recognisable sights, few tourists venture beyond the big rock and truly get under the skin of the Northern Territory. Those that do will be amply rewarded: the towering walls of Kings Canyon, the crocodile-infested rivers of Litchfield National Park and the green waters of spectacular Katherine Gorge should appeal to adventurous types. The more sedate can explore the prosperous city of Darwin, shop for Aboriginal art in Alice Springs and admire the cave paintings of Kakadu National Park. When it all gets too much, swim in secluded waterfalls – just make sure the pools are croc-free first!

See the Northern Territory in detail with our Northern Territory in Depth Journey.

Udaipur, India

Udaipur, India

India’s golden triangle remains perennially popular with travellers. But not so many continue on to lovely Udaipur. A romantic city on the edge of glittering Lake Pichola, Udaipur’s highlight is its photogenic City Palace, with its striking mosaics and sweeping lake views, plus of course the obligatory boat trip on the lake. Many cruises call in at the landmark Taj Lake Palace, located on an island in the middle of the water which James Bond fans might recognise from Octopussy. With the recently relaxed visa rules, visiting India is now the easiest it’s been in years, so what’s stopping you?

Take a cruise on Lake Pichola on our Royal Rajasthan Journey.

Havana street, Cuba


With the USA recently rekindling its diplomatic relations with Cuba, change is afoot. On the ground, the focus is shifting towards private tourism as opposed to state-owned hotels, increasing the tourist footfall, and with direct flight routes from the States on the schedules again, more and more people will be heading to Cuba’s sunny shores in the not-too-distant future. Now’s definitely the time to go, before mass tourism rears its ugly head and while the cobbled streets, quaint churches, historic villages and lush mountain scenery remain intact.

See the best of Cuba on our Beautiful Cuba Journey.

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