THIS YEAR, YOU’LL BE SEQUENCING YOUR GENES AND MUNCHING ON MICROBIOMES… WHAT ELSE LIES IN STORE FOR YOU IN 2016?
What will you be wearing, watching and eating in the year ahead? Where will you go and where will you stay when you get there? No need to consult your crystal ball – we spoke to the experts
Social media will let us curate experiences based on our tastes. If you’re in the UK, Realtimetravelguide.co.uk will deliver real-time information on Twitter from locals based on where you are and your interests. 2016 will see more emphasis on immersive, experiential travel, says Zim Ugochukwu, founder of Travel Noire, an online community for black travellers. ‘People are breaking away from all-inclusive resorts and are more keen on building experiences and engaging with locals,’ she says. The Neighbourhood Series video project from Cape Town Tourism, in which locals highlight their secret hangouts, tap into this local is lekker
trend. Look out for videos on Langa, Constantia and Somerset West in the coming year. ‘Smart cities’ – where technology is used to enhance services – has become a buzz term. Look out for beacon technology (coming soon to Cape Town , where push noti cations can be sent via Bluetooth, meaning shops can alert you about specials as you pass by. Iran is set to be a 2016 travel hotspot. With its combination of heritage and adventure, the country has wide appeal – and shoestring travellers can take advantage of the 50 000 Iranian hosts currently on . Africa is becoming more accessible to local travellers with direct routes between Cape Town and Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines and Cape Town and Luanda on Angola Airlines. Budget hotels are upping their game. CitizenM hotels in Amsterdam, New York, London and Paris are tapping into the ‘bleisure’ market – half business, half leisure – and has evolved the hostel concept, with extra-large beds, communal spaces and free Wi-Fi.
We want to travel beyond the mainstream – think the hipster areas of Dalston in London or Kreuzberg in Berlin. ‘Hip travellers are checking out the best areas for foodies and where the creative people hang out,’ says Ülane Vilumets, founder of Likealocalguide.com.