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

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @WORK - Com­piled by KAREN ROBERTSON By Velma Cor­co­ran, ex­ec­u­tive mar­ket­ing man­ager for Cape Town Tourism

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.

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