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Spread your travel wings in 2016

Published on: December 8, 2015

If you’re already planning your 2016 adventures and need a little travel inspiration, look no further than the my Travel Cash edit of the best places to visit next year…


An absolute winner with families, couples and sun-seekers, España was top of the list of the most popular travel destinations of 2015 and its popularity continues to soar. The number of international visitors to Spain rose by 7 per cent to 64.9 million in 2014, and 14 million of these holidaymakers were Brits*.

For families, Majorca is ideal. The largest of the Balearic Islands, its stunning beaches. Mediterranean climate, great quality tourist amenities and laid-back atmosphere pretty much guarantee a fabulous holiday.

Couples looking for a chilled but chic holiday can soak up the rays in Nerja, which is referred to as the jewel of the Costa del Sol. Its 10 sandy beaches tempt sunbathers during the day, and the Plaza Tutti Fruti is lined with bars, clubs and restaurants for those wanting a livelier evening scene. Nerja’s beautiful scenery and authentic Spanish vibe is ideal for couples that want the best of both worlds.

Often viewed as a stopover destination on the journey to Australia or New Zealand, Singapore has plenty to offer tourists in its own right. Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, Singapore lies just one degree north of the equator. Its tropical location means that Singapore’s climate is largely consistent throughout the year – hot and humid!

This fabulous city effortlessly mixes old-school Oriental architecture with ultra-modern skyscrapers, and fuses Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisines and traditions to create a fascinating and fabulous cultural melting pot.

Enjoy a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, take a spin on the Singapore Flyer and pop over to Sentosa on the cable car to visit the fantastic Images of Singapore museum, which tells of Singapore’s journey from fishing village to 21st Century Powerhouse – including the fascinating story of Singapore’s place in World War 2.

At nighttime, kick back on Boat Quay and enjoy the bars and amazing seafood restaurants whiles looking at the knock-out modern skyline, or take a trip to the Nigh Safari – the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals.

Bavaria, Germany
Situated in the southern part of Germany, Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe and used to be a kingdom in its own right. With four very distinctive seasons, Bavaria is beautiful at any time of year, but very cold in winter

Romantics can visit Schloss Neuschwanstein – the incredible fairy-tale castle that was the original model for Disney’s famous sleeping beauty castle. Built by King Ludwig II in 1869, visitors can take a tour of this historical gem, and take some spectacular pictures of the castle and its beautiful setting.

Revelers can take advantage of the lively atmosphere in Munich during Oktoberfest – traditional parades, open-air music and beer tents galore line the streets. The 2016 festival takes place from 17th September – 3rd October, so book early as the hotels and flights do fill up.

Kotor, Montenegro
Over the past few years, Montenegro has been quietly making a name for itself as a cool destination for British tourists who want something a little different, and – in 2015 – Lonely Planet named Kotor as one of the top ten places to visit**. Nestled between breathtaking mountains and a beautiful bay, holiday makers can lap up the scenery while getting lost in Kotor’s labyrinthine streets, or watch life go by in one of Kotor’s many bars and restaurants set in picturesque piazzas. There’s also a host of fabulous churches to visit and a chic Marina where rich Europeans moor their yachts in the summer.

This charming town is best enjoyed lazily, by meandering through its stunning streets, taking in the sights and soaking up the humid, subtropical climate.