You’ve just spent several days within the same four walls as your immediate family. The New Year is fast approaching and with it comes the inevitable fresh start and promises to travel more in 2016 than ever before.
We know that millennials like to travel. But with so many places on our bucket list, and more competitively priced airfares, it can be hard to know exactly where to start.
So this year, expand your horizons by choosing a tailor-made option that ticks off the holiday of a life time – whatever you’re in the market for.
Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture or the party of the century, we’ve got you covered.
For the Culture: St. Petersburg, Russia.
This is the beating heart of a country rich in culture, which has an architectural heritage to rival any other international city. The Winter Palace, the Kazan cathedral, and the ‘Spilled Blood church’ are cloaked in mystery and intrigue, and there is art and fine dining available at every turn.
Cuisine: Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam’s northern city of Hanoi is a foodie’s dream, mixing South East Asian recipes with remnants of their French colonialism. It’s a melting pot of deliciously diverse flavours that you can smell as soon as you step out onto the sidewalk (if there was one). Bún cha is the one dish you absolutely must hit – but prepare to spend the rest of your days trying to find an equivalent at home.
Nightlife: Belgrade, Serbia
Move over, Berlin. More gritty than pretty, Belgrade is a reveller’s dream that’s fast becoming the party capital of the world. In fact, there are so many nightclubs they can’t fit them all on land. The solution? Splavovi – floating riverboat clubs that pump out music until dawn. If you prefer to keep your dancing shoes on dry land, head to the post-industrial Savamala district.
For the Urban Experience: Hong Kong, China
Famed for its global financial centre and impressively distinct skyline, Hong Kong is often overlooked as a steel and glass jungle. However, tap under the surface and you’ll find a thriving cultural scene, incredible shopping with many bespoke tailors, and culinary delights that range from street food to high tea.
For Some Amazing Instagram Opportunities: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Watching the sun rise over the templesand ruins of Angkor Wat is something that draws huge crowds every single day of the year – and rightly so. With huge stone heads and tree roots that grow out of the crumbling stone, it’s no wonder Indiana Jones’ Temple of Doom and Tomb Raider were both filmed at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
For an Adventure: Queenstown, New Zealand
If you like to raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels, Queenstown is the hair-raising hub to do it in. From bungee jumping to sky diving and kayaking to white-water rafting, there’s a thrilling experience to suit every adventure seeker. And if you need a day off, take a cruise through Milford Sound.
For Nature: Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, South Africa is the ultimate choice for nature lovers. If you want scenic beauty, just head to Cape Town and traverse the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point or take in the Garden Route. Table Mountain and whale watching are among the many highlights.
For the History: Goreme, Turkey
Pronounced Korama, this destination is located among the “fairy chimney” rock formations in Cappadocia. This town is literally carved into the volcanic rock and is a gateway to the Goreme National Park that houses 10th and 11th century cave churches, and is a popular spot for backpackers.
To Experience Paradise (before it’s lost): Zanzibar, Tanzania
With Islamic and Swahili influences, this is the vacation retreat nobody told you about. Africa may not scream white shores and azure blue sea, but this archipelago off the East Coast is a paradise for beach lovers. Stone Island, with its winding lanes and former Sultan’s palace, is UNESCO listed.
Go Before it’s Too Late: Havana, Cuba.
Time is running out before America takes its inevitable hold of this Caribbean destination, so make sure you take a trip while the old relics are still in place. Skip the Cuban resort and wander this city frozen in time, with cobbled streets and retro cars against a backdrop of multi-coloured colonial architecture.