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16 of 2016's most desirable travel destinations

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Planning a holiday in 2016? Here's a taster of the awesome places travel experts predict will be popular this year

Berlin skyline

1. Berlin, Germany: A short hop from London, the city is the perfect place for a weekend break at any time of the year.

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California beach

2. California, USA: British Airways starts new daily flights in May on its 787-9 Dreamliner to San José, the gateway to the central California coast.

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Cape Town

3. Cape Town, South Africa: Nestled beneath Table Mountain, this vibrant city offers plenty of culture and easy access to the African countryside.

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Costa Rica forest

4. Costa Rica: Accessible by non-stop flights from London Gatwick airport with Thomson Airways, Costa Rica is an adventure lover’s paradise.

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Croatia lake

5: Croatia: Visitors staying along Croatia’s Adriatic coast will be rewarded with stunning views by taking a trip inland to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Cuba Havana

6. Cuba: Home to rum, salsa and cigars, Cuba is the Caribbean's largest isle. Visitors can take in the sea views with a stroll along the iconic Malecón in Havana.

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Goa spices

7. Goa, India: Sun-seekers can either party among the palms or simply chill by the pool in this laid-back corner of the subcontinent.

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Iceland ice cave

8. Iceland: Just a short hop from the UK, Iceland’s dramatic volcanic landscape, including lava fields, geysers, glaciers, and waterfalls, makes for a fascinating trip.

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Krakow Poland

9. Krakow, Poland: The southern Polish city, which contains one of Europe's largest market squares, will have the spotlight on it this year thanks to a planned visit from The Pope to celebrate World Youth Day.

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Kuala Lumpur skyline

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: With it’s mix of spectacular cities, beautiful beaches and dense rain forests, Malaysia is expecting to benefit from an increase in visitor numbers.

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Marrakech market

11. Marrakech, Morocco. This enchanting city contains a bewildering array of places to stay, from luxury hotels, to boutique hide-aways and atmospheric riads.

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Machu Pichu Peru

12. Peru: With the world-famous Inca Trail and the incredible citadel of Machu Picchu, there’s nowhere quite like Peru. From May, British Airways will begin offering a direct service between London and Lima.

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Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer

13. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Home to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games, visitor numbers to this incredible South American city are expected to soar.

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Salzburg skyline

14. Salzburg, Austria: With its world-famous Alpine setting and historic baroque architecture, the city offers activities for both skiers and non-skiers alike.

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Sri Lanka fisherman

15. Sri Lanka: With a mix of culture, food and palm-lined beaches, this history-rich island has the lot.

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Tampa Florida skyline

16. Tampa Bay, Florida, USA: The extensive beaches and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico attract visitors looking for a relaxing break in the sun. British Airways offers daily flights from Gatwick airport.

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Source: These top travel picks come courtesy of the folks at British Airways and Thomson and First Choice.

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