Finding the perfect getaway can prove quite a challenge these days. With so many options, you can narrow down the destinations by taking a look at your budget, as well as checking which options are safer than others. However, you will still have plenty to choose from. Here is a top of 5 various places to visit in 2016 on five different continents, that you should consider if you are planning to go to a big city, but would also like to experience nature. You can also think of them as destinations for New Year’s Eve if you want to gather some unforgettable moments in a truly unique place.
1. New York City
Let’s start with the U.S. New York City is still the top destination, whether you are planning to so shopping, to go on a family vacation or just enjoy the nightlife scene.
What to See: Most tourists gather to see the brilliant Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History or the Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
Where to Stay: The best ranked hotels in the Big Apple are The Carlyle Rosewood Hotel, the Peninsula New York and the Ritz-Carlton near Central Park.
When to Visit: You can rest easy because each season is perfect for visiting New York. As usual, it is less crowded during winter, but it still provides an amazing experience.
How to Travel: We would recommend you to travel by foot, since the traffic is heavy all the time. An alternative is the subway which also reaches other boroughs as well as Manhattan.
Let’s continue with Europe. London is among the top most iconic cities on the continent. In a city that never seems to sleep you are sure to be entertained every single moment you spend there.
What to See: The top touristic spots are British Museum, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.
Where to Stay: If you wish to try some of the most extravagant hotels in the city, you might want to check out 41 Hotel, 51 Buckingham Gate Taj or the Chancery Court Hotel.
When to Visit: The best time to visit London is during spring, because the weather is tame and the parks are green. You should however keep in mind that most tourists come during this time, and thus you will find the city more crowded than usual.
How to Travel: It is recommended to get around by using the Underground, which is the rapid transit system. If you wish to see more of the city, you can always opt for their famous red double-decker buses.
3. Hong Kong
Moving on to the top destination in Asia: Hong Kong. The city amazes through its lush parks, dense skyscrapers and stunning cityscape.
What to See: You should definitely check the street markets where you can find unique items and gifts. And don’t forget to board the Star Ferry and take a look at the Victoria Peak.
Where to Stay: The best rated hotels in the city where you can enjoy a top reception are Mandarin Oriental, Hotel ICON and Four Seasons.
When to Visit: You should avoid national holidays or large conventions that take place there, because the hotel prices are sure to explode. The period between October and December is the best to visit this unique city.
How to Travel: If you want to enjoy the scenery you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of boarding a ferry. However, you can also choose to hop on a tram. Should you wish to travel swiftly there is the MTR, Mass Transit Railway, a much better option than the buses.
4. Rio de Janeiro
Apart from its famous Carnival and superb beaches at Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro is sure to be one hot stop next year for it hosts the Olympic Games.
What to See: The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is a must-see for any traveler. Furthermore, you will be amazed by the Tijuca National Park and the botanical gardens.
Where to Stay: Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, Relais & Chateaux Hotel Santa Teresa and Orient-Express’ Hotel Copacabana Palace are arguably the top hotels in the region.
When to Visit: You will definitely be met with difficulties if you try to book a place to stay during the Carnival and this is also expected to happen at the Olympic Games. However, if you are willing to give up on these events you can visit anytime between December and March.
How to Travel: This time we recommend you to travel by foot or simply take a cab. You can also opt for the subway though, since the buses and their destinations are not quite safe.
Sydney is the perfect destination if you wish to enjoy the city life and the beaches at the same time. It has everything from skyscrapers to nightclubs and the iconic opera house, considered by many one of the wonders of the modern world.
What to See: The top must-see attractions are the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour with its unique bridge.
Where to Stay: In order to enjoy a very pleasant stay you may want to choose the Medusa Hotel, the InterContinental or BLUE Sydney, one of the Taj hotels.
When to Visit: The best weather patterns have been recorded from September to December, as well as February to April. Being situated in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, and thus summer occurs in December, January and February.
How to Travel: The most practical option is surely the CityRail, as it stops to the most popular landmarks. Traffic is quite heavy as in every big capital, but if you wish to see more of the city you can always board a ferry.