Our Plans for 2016

What have we got planned for 2016

2015 was an unbelievable year for the three of us at A Brit and a Broad, and 2016 is shaping up to be even bigger and better already.

Our major goal for this year was to get the team together and shoot a mini-series somewhere, so when our partners Tastemade approached us to do a few episodes in Sicily we jumped at the opportunity.

Well, for 2016 we’re planning on bringing you not one but TWO new mini-series! Even though these aren’t set in stone yet, we’re thinking Greenland and Japan as these are two countries that just fascinate us.

Also, if we can manage it, we’d love to do a few episodes somewhere in Africa too, so watch this space!

With the three of us all over the world with work, often we get to go off and do our own travels too, so here are some of the things the three of us have got planned for 2016:


Brian:

What’s in the pipe?  Well, it’s all up in the air right now.

I’m heading to Myanmar (Burma) for New Year’s, but aside from that it’s all about what you, the viewer, would like to see. What places should we explore?  We’ve been to a lot of places but of the 196 countries in the world all of them having something unique to see and do.

Right now, my top five places I haven’t been but would like to are (in no particular order) Mongolia, Greenland, Morocco, Jordan and Namibia.  The question is, what’re yours?

The snowy mountains of Greenland


Brianna:

What is coming in 2016? That is a great question.

There are so many places to visit and question marks along the way. I’m not really sure what this year will bring but I know it’s going to include a lot of traveling.

The next destination on the docket is Myanmar over New Year’s. I’m very much looking forward to spending time in Southeast Asia as I haven’t really before. Since it is such a new destination for people to visit, as it has only opened up in the past few years, I am excited for that rustic experience where things aren’t quite out yet so it’s a bit of a challenge. And that’s the game of travelling, really!

As for other places that we may be going: Japan, New Zealand, Greenland…  Also, I would like to make a trip to Cuba, and who knows what else will come about!

2016 is all about saying a big, fat YES! to life and taking opportunities as they come.

The pagodas of Japan


Macca:

2016 is going to be another year of travelling for me and I’ve got an incredibly busy start to the new year with a few trips planned already.

January

In January I’m heading off to Istanbul in Turkey.

It’s been about 12 years since I was last in Istanbul and I can’t wait to see what’s changed.

Last time, one of my clearest memories of Istanbul was walking through the stalls at the Grand Bazaar, sampling lots of little delicacies and stopping off at cafes for mint tea and a hookah. To be honest with you, I don’t think things are going to be much different this time around!

I’m really looking forward to exploring two of the world’s most famous mosques, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Also, I hear Istanbul’s got a very vibrant music scene, so I’m keen to check out some local music and go clubbing too (yes, you can go clubbing in Istanbul!)

The mosques of Istanbul

February

Even though nothing’s 100% set in stone yet, it is likely I’ll be in Chile for all of February.

I first went to South America in 2012, and again in 2014, but I still haven’t been to Chile yet. I always felt like it was a country that needed some serious time devoted to it, so that’s exactly what February’s for.

I think I’ll start things off with a Spanish language course in Santiago before making my way south to the mountains. People don’t realise how diverse Chile is, and from what I’ve researched it is one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. Friends who have been there tell me it’s a photographer’s paradise. Now it’s my turn.

The mountains of Chile

March

One thing that is definitely set in stone, and most likely the highlight of my year is my brother’s wedding in Mexico in March.

First off, my parents, my brothers (there are two of them) and I are going to soak up the sun for a week just north of Tulum which is going to be just awesome. Both my brothers and I are mad divers, so we’ll definitely spend a couple of days diving the cenotes, the underwater caves that have become one of the world’s best dive sites. Also, we’re looking at taking the trip up to Chichen Itza to seeing the prymids there.

For the second week, I’m going to be showing the family around Mexico City where before making our way down to Tepoztlan where Carl and Mariela are getting married. Mariela’s been telling me all about traditional Mexican weddings and from the sounds of things it’s going to be spectacular. Think lots of cervezas, tequilas and tacos!

The pyramids of Teotihuacan

April

After the hedonism of February and March, I’m going to treat April as a bit of a detox month.

Recently I got a Microsoft Band 2 to track and monitor my fitness goals all with an eye of completing a Tough Mudder in April. I’m usually very good at saying I’ll do endurance races and half marathons, but I’ve yet to do one, so it’s finally time to take the plunge into that icy cold water and complete the challenge. I just hope I’m up to it!

Tough Mudder


So that’s what we’ve got planned for 2016. As we said, it’s shaping up to be another amazing year!

Now it’s your turn. What’ve you got planned for next year and where are you going!? Make sure you tell us in the comments below!

  • Some seriously exciting stuff ahead; we can’t wait to follow!

    Not to be spammy, but we’ve got a years travel ahead of us so follow our adventures @thecommonwanderer:disqus! We’ve just ticked off Myanmar and are now in Nepal; India to follow! We can’t wait!

    • Thanks @thecommonwanderer:disqus!

      We can’t believe it’s coming towards the end of March already! Where does the time go! Next up we’ve got trips to the U.S, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greenland, Finland and Croatia. Where abouts are you going next?

      • We’re off to Sri Lanka on the 4th and then Europe for a month then to Cape Town and southern Africa for three months. Seriously excited.

        Greenland sounds incredible – We’ll be following with great interest!

        • That’s awesome! I’m sure you’re going to have an amazing time in those countries, especially three months in southern Africa. We’ll make sure we follow your journey!

  • April Yap

    We also have same plan for this year. 😀 to travel and explore the world and maybe we have to visit somewhere in South America. This article is great. Well, I suggest Ireland or Japan for your next travel. 😉

    • Yay! Travelling’s the best, isn’t it? Where abouts are you thinking in South America? We’d definitely recommend Bolivia and Colombia; two of our favourite countries there. Also, thanks for your suggestions. Seems like everyone wants us to go to Japan this year!

  • Would totally recommend Japan and New Zealand make the list. Both fascinating and beautiful countries in very different ways. We’ve lived in NZ in the past and go back their semi-regularly and Japan has become a regular on our list and hope to bring it back on the 2016 list ourselves. Enjoy your travels and happy new year!

    • Thanks Toni, we really appreciate the suggestions. Japan has been on our list for a while now, and New Zealand is definitely another country we would like to visit this year. We hope you enjoy your travels too and happy New Year!