1. Because flying is actually safer now than it has ever been before
It will surprise some people to learn that 2015 was statistically the safest year in aviation history. With an accident rate of one in five million flights, according to industry analyst Flightglobal, you’re actually far more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark than find yourself in an aircraft accident. If crunching the numbers doesn’t help alleviate your fear of flying, check out our piece on how to cure your phobia of flying in a day.
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2. Because flying is super cheap right now
While we’re on the topic of flights, data scientists at travel app Hopper have announced that airfares are currently at a three-year low – and around 15% lower than they were this time last year. The drop is largely due to cheap oil and increased competition. And good news for Americans – it’s predicted that internal US flights will be the cheapest of the bunch.
3. Because recovering destinations need you to keep travelling, and spending
Simply visiting a recovering country and spending your money there helps more than you might imagine. Both Haiti and Nepal are now welcoming back tourists after suffering major natural disasters in recent years. And while you get an unforgettable trip, your tourist dollars are helping their economies get back on their feet.
Similarly, countries going through financial or political crises – such as Greece – need all the continuing tourism they can get. No doubt the locals will be waiting to greet you with open arms. If you want to take it one step further and are interested in taking part in a volunteering project, check out these seven tips for volunteering abroad
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4. Because there are destinations that are looking forward to a great year
While news reports naturally tend to focus on negative events around the world, there are loads of on-the-up destinations to celebrate and explore in 2016. With the loosening of US-Cuban relations last year and the resulting influx of tourists, Cuba is seeing creative openings across the island, including a whole host of exciting new bars, restaurants and arts centres like Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana.
Resilient Sri Lanka, too, is more popular than ever, with visitor numbers set to continue to rise in 2016 as the country embarks on an era of greater political stability.
There’s a whole host of new tourist attractions opening up across the planet, from a new Louvre in Abu Dabhi to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood.