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[Mohammed Ayo Busari | Contributing Writer]
Whether you’re looking for a quick beach relaxation, or you want to explore somewhere that is a bit calm with the best meals than your usual Mcdonalds in The Galleria (a perfectly respectable alternative), we have sourced the globe for the cheapest holiday choices for 2016.
#1 São Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo, a place to learn the salsa dance. It is the largest city in South America. The cuisine and art is as multinational due to its diverse population of over 45 million. You won’t be able to forget the Jardins District restaurants that serve anything and everything you could possibly imagine. The world-class museums, diverse neighbourhood tours, and the shopping will all bring you back to São Paulo. This city is a beehive of activity that offers a jovial nightlife and an intense cultural experience.
#2 Beijing, China.
A part of the Great Wall of China was built near Beijing; a city that offers a vibrant mix of modernity and history. Try out the Forbidden City for a tour of The Palace Museum and experience one of the best events and gatherings ever at Tiananmen Square. Beijing will enrich your understanding of China’s ancient past alongside its surging future. The quality of even the cheaper hotels tends to be surprisingly good, and some excellent local food is never more than a block or two away.
#3 Los Angeles, California
California has beautiful weather throughout the year. Take a tour around Los Angeles and see how many famous movie and tv show sights you can spot. Bring a little pocket money with you as L.A. is home to the famous shopping district. You’re going to love the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica, and the Venice Boardwalk. There are also plenty of tours that operate to give you a sneak peek into the lives of Hollywood’s rich and famous.
#4 London, United Kingdom
London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in world. A week in London can be just as fun as a weekend abroad. Plan your schedule as there’s a lot to see. Whether you’re jumping around from one museum to another, or touring Central on foot to see the Tower Bridge and London Eye, London is going to keep you busy. Once the sun sets, get ready to immerse yourself in the buzzing London nightlife.
#5 Lagos, Nigeria.
Lagos the biggest city in Africa, it houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent. There are too many tourist attractions – from the Island, Mainland, Epe, Badagry, Apapa and Ikeja. If you are a lover of art, The National Museum and National Art Theatre is your destination. Have a bond with Afro-Music? Why not try Club Quilox, your one-stop hub for grandee relaxation and nightlife activity? Elegushi Beach offers exquisite restaurants, nightclubs, hangout spots that feature local food, and a variety of live shows including music and jamborees all week. The city also hosts Copa Lagos – a world famous beach soccer tournament.
#6 Melbourne, Australia.
There’s so much to see and do across Melbourne. It is the home to some of the best food, dining and live music in the country. The striking public spaces, state-of-the-art museums, unique wildlife, heritage sites, and glorious examples of gold rush architecture will blow your mind. If you fancy nature, walk through a magnificent ancient rainforest and visit The Shrine of Remembrance. If you’re up for a two-hour drive, head on over to Phillip Island, which south of Melbourne.