We all want something a little different from our holidays, don’t we? For example, some of us want to lounge around in the sun for a week, while others fancy trying every form of sport possible, hiking up mountains and trying our hand at surfing. With so many options to choose from, here are some key things to consider from your holiday checklist when you’re booking your next trip away.
At the top of almost everyone’s holiday checklist is fabulous warm weather. Luckily, we’re pretty close to lots of countries that tick that box, whether it’s Greece or Cyprus in the Mediterranean or the Canary Islands off the coast of north-west Africa, for example. Choose a hotel close to the sea if you fancy a good sea breeze to keep temperatures cool, and look forward to wearing your holiday wardrobe: there’s nothing nicer than a week in the sun!
For others, brilliant scenery is top of the list when it comes to planning a holiday. Destinations such as Iceland fit the bill perfectly, with majestic mountains, expanses of volcanic landscape and mind-boggling glaciers and geysers stretching as far as the eye can see. But, if you prefer your scenery with a little more sunshine, Portugal is a great alternative: regions such as the Douro Valley offer steeply sweeping hills with almond blossoms fluttering in the wind, and villages such as Sintra are ideal for those seeking a romantic view that’s drenched in history and charm.
One thing we can all agree on is how nice it is to try new dishes when we’re on holiday, so it’s likely that culinary delight is a must-have when you’re looking for somewhere to go. If you love Italian food, why not give neighbouring Croatia a try? You’ll find everything you’d expect to see in Italy such as fresh pasta, cured meets and wonderful wines, but it’s often cheaper. Spain (popular with lots of holidaymakers) is also a prime foodie destination, famed for its tapas and seafood. But, consider heading the Navarra region particularly – it’s home to fantastic wines, nutty cheese and great liqueurs and is bound to be an utter delight for a hungry holidaymaker!
For others, shopping is one of the best things about going on holiday – if that sounds like you, why not head to one of the fashion capitals of the world? Milan, Paris and New York have some of the most noteworthy fashion houses in the world, and it’s not just the shops that make these destinations worth visiting: it’s the artsy, creative and cosmopolitan atmosphere in these cities that make for such a great shopping experience.
If it’s excellent entertainment you’re looking for in a holiday, there’s a lot to choose from. Stick a little closer to home by heading to the Canary Islands; the largest of them (Tenerife) is geared up for entertaining families, couples and solo travellers, with a number of excellent beaches backed by stretches of bars, shops and restaurants. There’s also a waterpark on the island, as well as trekking tours if you fancy seeing the island’s natural beauty. Further afield is Florida – a US state with tons of entertainment. From the non-stop thrill of Universal Studios to the nostalgia of Disneyland Paris, there’s a huge amount to keep little ones and grown-ups occupied.
Finally, history buffs will place archaeological sties, museums and buildings of interest high up on the list of must-haves. If that sounds like you, why not book a holiday to Greece to see the Acropolis of Athens? Rome’s Pantheon and Colosseum are both landmarks you simply have to see in your lifetime, and it’s well worth visiting Mexico to see the Chichén Itzá – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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