What's Happening in these Travel Hot Spots in 2016

Find out the special anniversaries and events happening around the world this year.

If you're planning on taking a holiday in 2016, you may want to take in one of these spots. 

Find out what special events are happening, and where, with this special guide of the year's hottest spots. Plan ahead and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences in these incredible places. 

1. Brazil

The Olympic Games are happening in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the nation is gearing up for an event like no other! If Rio is the party capital of the world - you can guarantee the celebrations in Brazil will be unrivalled in 2016. 

2. America's National Parks

There's no better time to see Yellowstone National park than during the 100th year of the US national parks service. With 58 national parks across America, you may consider taking a tour to cover a few in one trip, such as this nine-day tour with Trafalgar. You're guaranteed to pick up a commemorative souvenir or two. 

3. Iceland

While there isn't any anniversary to celebrate in Iceland this year, there is a HUGE event that will definitely put it top of mind for many eager travellers. If you have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and that would be many of you, considering the film is poised to smash several box office records), you may have caught a glimpse of Iceland's majestic glaciers or dramatic fjords. Go with a group or guided tour to traverse Iceland's one-of-a-kind landscapes.  

4. The 'Deep South'

If you're a Gone With The Wind fan, you may want to head to the soil on which its set in America's Deep South. This year marks the 85th anniversary since the epic Margaret Mitchell novel was published, making it the perfect time to take in the sprawling plantions still frozen in time. Insight Vacation's Southern Glamour tour takes you to the gorgeous Magnolia plantation (pictured) and several other estates in Georgia, and North and South Carolina. 

5. Hawaii

December 7, 2016 marks 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbour during World War II. Pay tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the 1941 tragedy by visiting the memorial and learning about this complicated time in world history. 

6. Botswana 

Botswana was recently dubbed Lonely Planet's top country to visit in 2016 - and not only because this year it will celebrate 50 years of independence. Cherish the beauty of this largely undiscovered nation and head back to the wild with a safari tour

7. Australia

You may not know this, but one of Australia's most cherished landmarks is getting a temporary make over, with Bruce Munro's Field of Light art installation set to decorate the surrounding area. It's sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

8. England

Apparently 2016 has been named Year of the English Garden! So if horticulture is your thing, jump on a nine-day English Country Gardens tour, or just wander around the lush and extravagant gardens of England's many palaces and country manors. 

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