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Picture the setting; my boyfriend and I had just left the traditional Greek restaurant we had been eating in that evening, and wondered down to a tiny strip of beach just a short walk away. We sat on some drift wood by the shore and watched the most amazing sunset together, and then my partner got down on one knee and proposed to me.
It was by far the most spectacular moment of my life, made even more amazing by the beautiful setting he had chosen to pop the question. We were in Corfu, one of the Greek islands, and now that place will be forever in our hearts; a special place we can return year after year for special anniversaries and to show our kids where we got engaged.
If you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, but aren’t sure how to make it special, then proposing abroad could be a perfect option for you – it worked for us! To give you some inspiration, we’ve listed our top five most romantic holiday destinations for proposals.
Ok, so from the introduction you know I’m biased, but Greece really is one of the most fantastic couples holiday destinations. From the superb blue and white buildings in Santorini to the rugged coastline of Corfu, time seems to go slower on the Greek islands. Spend your days indulging in delicious traditional cuisine, dipping into the turquoise sea and enjoying the sunshine, then spend your evenings enjoying more food, wine and awe-inspiring sunsets.
One of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris is an obvious choice for couples travel. Stroll around the city to really take in the romantic ambiance, and then plan your proposal with a view of the Eifel Tower at night (it usually twinkles with thousands of lights). You could choose to propose over dinner or drinks at the Four Seasons Hotel George V (pre-book the balcony for amazing views of the Tower), or choose a candle light picnic on one of many well placed hills further outside of Paris.
If you and your partner are a bit more adventurous when it comes to travel, then why not consider proposing in Thailand’s capital? You could take a few weeks to travel all over Thailand, visit some beautiful beaches, soak up the culture and then finish your trip with a few days in Bangkok. There are so many places you could pop the question in Thailand, but our personal favourite is the Vertigo Restaurant – you won’t find better views.
If you want to combine your proposal with a once in a lifetime trip, then consider going for the grand gesture by popping the question in a hot air balloon above the Masai Mara in Kenya. After all, what better way is there to end a holiday of spotting the big five on safari, staying in luxury tree houses and exploring the savannah, than to take a hot air balloon ride and with your sweetheart?
Don’t forget, if you are planning on going on Safari, make sure you insurance covers you.
Venice is another extremely popular destination for couples; how can you not feel romantic exploring narrow cobbled streets and floating along in gondolas? Pick somewhere with classic and picturesque views (such as St Mark’s Square), or jump in an extra special gonadal ride filled with champagne and propose on the Grand Canal (make sure you find a good gondolier beforehand and pre-plan as much as possible).
Now that we’ve inspired you to book that special trip, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance to protect you, your partner and your trip against any unexpected holiday disasters. The last thing you want is to spend time and effort arranging your proposal, only to find that you’re suddenly lumbered with expensive cancellation or medical bills. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information on award winning couples travel insurance.
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Planning a honeymoon can be a difficult task, whether you have a tight or luxury budget, with so much choice of romantic holiday destinations, how could you possibly choose? If you and your partner prefer not to follow the crowd, we’ve listed our favourite unusual, but still amazing, honeymoon destinations for you to consider.
Home of the Tango, Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most romantic cities, however, the reason we love Argentina as a honeymoon destination is not for the sultry music and passionate atmosphere of Buenos Aires, its actually because of their ‘End of the World’ tours.
If you have a passion for stunning landscapes, animals and unusual destinations, then this is the perfect honeymoon for you, start in Buenos Aires and trek through some of Argentina’s most beautiful scenery, including Patagonia and the Perito Moreno Glacier, not to mention spotting wild penguins on Magdalena Island.
Nothing bonds newlyweds like a shared challenge, so why not set yourself the task of trekking the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? The trial can take five days (depending on your stamina), but the end result is totally worth it, and something to tick off your bucket list.
Start your trip with a little relaxation on the beaches in Mancora, then fly to the beautiful city of Arequipa to wander the picturesque cobbled streets and gaze at the El Misti volcanoe. Pick 5 star boutique hotels to give you trip that taste of luxury.
When most people think ‘honeymoon’ they picture warm sunny beaches, so suggesting a colder destination is in itself a little unusual, however what really makes Iceland a dream honeymoon destination is the host of natural wonders and beauties it offers.
Spend a night in a glass igloo to spot the breath taking Northern Lights, explore Iceland’s beautiful golden circle including geysers, waterfalls, wild ponies, beautiful rolling hills, and also make sure to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, for an experience you and your partner will remember forever.
Most people’s knowledge of Romania only extends to Dracula’s castle, but Romania has so much more to offer, including waterfalls, villages, castles, mountains, sunflower fields, beautiful moss swamps and the visually stunning ‘tunnel of love’.
For the more active couples, trek in the mountains or Retezat National Park for fantastic views, gaze upon the Decebal, drive or bike the Transfăgărășan road for an adrenaline pumping ride and make sure you visit a castle or two between quaint towns and villages.
You may have spotted Tenerife on this list and assumed some sort of mistake had been made, but the island has so much more to offer than a simple budget holiday. Tenerife is a fantastic European alternative island paradise to the Caribbean, and all without the jet lag!
Tenerife apparently has more luxury hotels that Barcelona, and more 4 and 5 star hotels combined than anywhere else in Spain. Head to the Costa Adeje for a variety of spa hotels and luxury resorts, or opt for the north of the island for a more rustic experience and stunning scenery.
Now you’ve picked your destination, make sure you invest in quality honeymoon insurance (will need to be linked to the most appropriate policy) to protect yourself, your partner and your trip against any unexpected holiday disasters.
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As temperatures drop and the nights begin to draw in, many minds turn to sunnier climates and people often wish they were somewhere far away. Every winter, thousands of Brits escape the UK weather to head abroad – not to ski or enjoy the snow, but to find somewhere warm and sunny.
There are a wide variety of destinations around the world that offer winter sun, so it can be difficult to decide where to go. Below are our top ten winter sun destinations to give you a bit of inspiration.
One of the most obvious places to find winter sun, Australia truly offers something for everyone. The Aussie spirit is infectious and creates an outgoing, adventurous and relaxed atmosphere. Explore Sydney for a taste of the metropolitan, or head for the coast for surfing, sun-worshipping and barbeques on the beach.
Remember that our winter is Australia’s summer, so all the well-known beaches will be busy. To get away from the crowds, head to the Whitsunday Islands on the east coast. Here you’ll find 74 tropical islands, 66 of which are practically untouched! Perfect.
We also recommend taking a road trip along the Gold Coast, as this will give you the opportunity to see Byron Bay, splash about in the warm, blue waters and explore the lush green rainforests.
Known as ‘the Jewel of the Atlantic’, Bermuda is a stunning island paradise. Fantastic weather, pink sandy beaches, an interesting history and warm culture combine to create one great destination – no wonder it’s been voted ‘Best Island in the Atlantic/Caribbean’ so many times.
To find the best beaches, make your way to the south shore. Horseshoe Bay is usually the most crowded, so we suggest you go to Warwick Long Bay instead – it’s just as beautiful. If you can drag yourself away from the beach, Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, boasts a great selection of shops, museums, restaurants, gardens and galleries. There really is so much to see!
There’s so much more to Brazil than just football. For one, it provides sun-seekers with more than 4,500 miles of stunning coastline. In fact, Brazil is full of natural beauty, from the Amazon River to the Iguassu waterfalls.
If you’d like to see a bit of everything this country has to offer, stay in Rio. After all, no trip to Brazil is complete without seeing its most famous landmark – the Christ the Redeemer statue. You’ll need to travel up to the Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains to see the statue up close. Both mountains offer amazing views of the entire city and its bays and beaches. Don’t forget that camera!
California is the perfect location for people who are seeking a winter destination that has it all. One morning you may be sunning yourself on the beach, but by the afternoon you could be hiking up a mountain. Another bonus is the fact this American state enjoys mild winters with little rain and tons of sunshine – they don’t call it the Golden State for nothing.
For those days you’ve dedicated to lying on the beach, head to Santa Monica, San Diego or Santa Barbara; for adventure and sightseeing, don’t miss Los Angeles, Death Valley and Palm Springs. Why not time your trip to coincide with some of the many events they plan over the winter period, such as the Oscars?
The Canary Islands are the perfect place to escape the rat race and recharge your batteries. With over three thousand hours of sunshine each year, lovely beaches, great nature, a wide variety of activities, and relaxing spa treatments, you will definitely get the break that you are craving. There are a variety of islands you can visit and stay on during your trip, but wherever you go, you’ll enjoy wonderfully warm weather – during December, temperatures remain around 20 degrees.
Tenerife is one of the most popular destinations among Brits; perhaps thanks to its wide variety of beaches, thriving nightlife and choice of water sport activities. If you and your family would prefer to head somewhere a bit quieter, the smaller islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma are unspoilt and perfect for those who want their own piece of paradise.
If the main aim of your trip is to spend as much time at the beach as possible, then Cyprus might be the perfect destination. Choose from energetic resorts, rocky coves, deserted bays and great expanses of sandy beaches – all offer warm sunshine and clear blue waters. Winter is the ideal time to visit Cyprus, as temperatures stay around 20 degree and the beach resorts are much quieter.
The landscape here also bursts into life once winter creeps in, giving you plenty to explore. We recommend spending at least one day of your trip in the Troodos National Forest Park. It’s the largest on the island, with more than 9,000 hectares of forest to walk and hike through. Culture-lovers should head to Limassol, which boasts a vast range of historical attractions, including a medieval castle that dates back to the 14th century.
India features on the bucket list of many avid travellers who want to explore the culture, history and architecture of the country. However, it also has a great range of beaches, natural environments, activities and wellness centres – so why not combine all of these elements for a once-in-a-lifetime trip?
During our winter, Goa is the warmest place in the northern hemisphere; temperatures tend to stay around 32 degrees! Central Goa is wonderful for families, offering plenty of water sport activities and diving spots, but the beaches outside the centre are far quieter. If it’s fine-dining, nightclubs and bustling markets you’re after, go to North Goa, where towns like Baga fulfil those requirements.
South Africa is a great destination for winter sun and outdoor activities. If you don’t cope well with jetlag, then this destination is perfect, as it’s in the same timezone as the UK. There’s so much to do in this beautiful country; you could spend your trip relaxing on the beaches, or being adventurous by going mountain walking, safari riding and shark cage diving.
Whatever you fancy doing, Cape Town is a must-visit, as it has a great choice of beaches, luxury hotels and some stunning scenery. It’s fantastic for wine-tasting and fine-dining too, so you certainly won’t go hungry or thirsty. Whilst you’re in Cape Town, be sure to make the trip up South Africa’s most iconic attraction, Table Mountain. The view up there is incredible; you can see over the entire city.
Sri Lanka is another stunning winter sun destination which has something to offer every type of traveller. Beach-bums will love the 1,000-mile coastline, with its soft sands and tropical palm trees, and animal-lovers must visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, where they’ll get the chance to see leopards, deer and buffalo up close.
Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, though; temperatures reach around 29 degrees during winter! You also get a lot for your money here in Sri Lanka, so why head anywhere else?
Thailand is renowned for its fantastic beaches, and the winter period is the best time to visit this gorgeous country. We suggest going to the beach city of Pattaya on your travels, as it’s packed full of loud and colourful cabaret shows, bars and restaurants. All the locals are very welcoming too, making it a great destination for families.
Head to the beaches just south of Pattaya to sample the various water sport activities available. The braver members of your party may want to try something more extreme, like paragliding or bungee jumping. Don’t forget to get an authentic Thai massage while you’re here, too!
Hopefully our list has helped you find your dream winter holiday destination. Just remember to make sure your passport is in date and buy the right travel insurance cover. Wherever you choose to go and whatever you decide to do, we know you’ll have a fantastic time.
Deciding on a location for a couple’s holiday can be tricky. Do you want somewhere romantic or exciting? Do you both want a relaxing holiday? Or do you want different things from the trip?
Every couple is different, so below we have compiled a list of our top 10 destinations for couple’s holidays. We have included a real mix so there should be something for everyone.
The Caribbean is always a popular destination for those in love; and especially for honeymooners; thanks to its tropical climate and secluded atmosphere. Here you can share some real alone time with your partner, enjoying the sun or relaxing in the pool or sea.
There are plenty of activities for you to partake in, with water sports being top choices. Snorkelling, scuba diving and boat trips are all among the favourites to do in the Caribbean but these aren’t all. If you’re not a fan of the sea or want to take some time away from the water, why not try off-roading or take a treetop walk through the jungle.
Once you’ve enjoyed your day you can settle down to a romantic dinner on the beach with the sunset as your background. Perfect!
Hawaii is known for its great weather and relaxing atmosphere, with welcoming locals and amazing places to visit. Be greeted with a Hawaiian Lei when you arrive and sip on a cocktail made from a coconut! There are many different resorts for you to choose from, from right on the coast to further in, depending on your preference.
During the days, you can relax on one of the many beaches available or explore the volcanic areas of the island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Take a trek, explore the jungle, discover rivers and make friends with the wildlife. Visit Wai’anapanapa State Park and take a romantic walk on the beaches, along the coast and the sea caves!
Finish off your day by trying some of the local Hawaiian cuisine and take a sunset stroll along the sand.
Taking a trip to Kenya is perfect for couples who love to explore and enjoy animals. Whilst the weather is hot you can take a safari trip and see what wild animals you can spot. Here you can make memories that will last forever and see sights that will take your breath away!
Depending on where you choose to stay, you can enjoy your breakfast outdoors and watch the sunrise, surrounded by the sounds of nature. You can then adventure out to places such as Nairobi National Park where you can see animals such as giraffes, hippos and zebras in their natural habitat.
Relax next to the pool, take a sunset boat trip or enjoy dinner on your own balcony!
Tip: don’t forget to check your travel insurance policy for Safari inclusion. We have created a specialist safari travel insurance policy with discounts for couples.
Lapland may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a romantic getaway, but rest assured, there is nothing more romantic! Enjoy the relaxing, peaceful vibe that the crisp clean snow gives off with your loved one.
Take a romantic husky sledge ride around the area and through the forests while taking in scenes that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale! Alternatively if you want to stay away from snow, you can visit the Ranua Zoo and see some of the incredible arctic animals.
Enjoy an evening snuggled in your wooden chalet next to an open wood fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Perfect for cuddling up and relaxing after your busy day!
Paris is the classic place to get away with your loved one. Each building is sprinkled with chandeliers, antique furnishings and impressively designed architecture; you’ll feel like royalty! Enjoy the elegant cuisine at a beautiful candlelit dinner and then take a stroll along the river Seine for the perfect end to your evening.
You can spend your days’ wine tasting, enjoying some fine cheese and a spot of sightseeing. You can visit the Notre Dame, Arc de Trimophe and ascend the Eiffel Tower. You can even enjoy a lunch or dinner up the tower at Restaurant 58.
The Seychelles is also a popular place for newlyweds to enjoy their honeymoons which shows how the place oozes romance. There are a number of beaches such as Anse Intendance and Anse Lazio, which are award-winning, for you to enjoy. Sit back and relax on the warm white sands or cool off in the sea. You can also enjoy a spot of snorkelling to see what aquatic life you can see! You can bond with your loved one over a relaxing boat trip. Why not try a spot of fishing or crabbing?
Spend your evenings enjoying the local cuisine, with seafood being a big hit. You can also try locally grown fruits such as mangoes, papaya and pineapples!
Mexico is sometimes seen as a party island, but this is definitely not the case as there are many things for you and your partner to discover. As well as the warm weather and bright sandy beaches for you to enjoy, you might want to do something more cultural. Discover the Chichen Itza, Palenque Ruinas and the Temples of Uxmal for some breath-taking ruins that will stay in your memory forever.
Alternatively you can enjoy the sandy beaches or venture to Huasteca Potosina to admire the waterfalls and even take a dip! A brilliant way to bond with your partner.
If you enjoy skiing, or would like to learn, then Switzerland is the perfect place for you and your partner! With a wide range of resorts for you to visit, you can find yourself skiing down a lookalike of the iconic Matterhorn. If you don’t know how to ski yet, this could be a great way to spend some time with your loved one. Take lessons together and laugh at each other’s falls while cheering each other on as you get better!
If skiing isn’t your thing you can visit Lake Geneva and take a romantic stroll by the silent and tranquil waters away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can also see the Jet d’Eau, an iconic fountain which reaches 140m in height making it one of the largest in the world! The fountain lights up at night making it mesmorising.
Thailand is a great place to have fun with your significant other and go on an adventure! Explore the jungle at Khao Yai National Park where you’ll come across rivers and waterfalls in forests of lush green. You can also enjoy an elephant ride allowing you to be at one with nature and enjoy the sights as you go.
If you’re looking for something more relaxing, visit one of the many iconic Thai beaches and relax in one of hammocks provided. You will also find that many hotels offer spa treatments. You and your partner can enjoy a massage outside allowing you to lap up the jungle atmosphere while indulging in your therapy.
Italy is well-known for being a place of romance. The beautiful buildings with rivers intertwining make it almost hard to believe. You can enjoy the fine cuisine of pasta and pizzas along with the tasty wines that are on offer.
Taking a gondola ride is one of the most romantic things you can do and you shouldn’t leave Venice without doing so! Imagine sailing along just the two of you and your gondolier, with a picnic in the sunshine sipping on some prosecco; gorgeous! You can also take a late night stroll in St Marks to admire the impressive architecture and glistening lagoon.
For some holidaymakers, the idea of lounging on a beach or by the pool every year doesn’t quite provoke enough excitement. Whether you’re looking for great night life, or just some culture, we have created a top 10 shortlist of the best city break destinations for you to explore…
Stereotypically a popular destination for lads’ holidays, Amsterdam is actually a really great all-round city break. Visitors can walk along the canals, explore the little streets and shops or hire a bike to see the city like the locals.
A visit to the Anne Frank Museum is sure to be an emotional experience and the Van Gogh Museum is a must for some culture. There is no end to the exploring you can do, but whatever you do, definitely get some chips and mayonnaise!
The ideal city for sun worshipers, history enthusiasts and architecture fans; Athens certainly offers plenty to see. The city was given a huge revamp for the 2004 Olympics and now it is a bustling metropolis set in ancient scenery.
As the ‘home of the gods’, visitors will be surrounded by culture. Ancient Greek sites are ripe for exploration, such as the Acropolis and the many fascinating museums.
This bustling Spanish city offers great weather, lively night life, striking art work and wonderful architecture. Food lovers will not be disappointed with wonderful dining options and the opportunity to sample traditional Catalan flavours.
The city is smattered with intricate Gaudi architecture, making it a haven for design enthusiasts; what’s more, Barcelona boasts the Picasso Museum as well as the notable Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Oh, and there’s also miles of wonderful sandy beaches too!
A superb location for lovers of music, fashion and art, not to mention architecture and history; Berlin really does offer something for everyone. A fun-packed European city, Berlin offers incredible night life, with clubs that stay open well into the daylight hours, and great beer too.
Visitors wishing to explore some of Germany’s more recent history can walk along the remains of the Berlin wall and visit the Checkpoint Charlie border control which is now a tourist centre.
A glamourous city with a dizzying skyline; anyone who adores really hot weather, bright sunshine and shopping will love Dubai. Explore the Arabian architecture, shop the precious metal souks for some amazing jewellery, and venture into the desert, perhaps by hot air balloon for an aerial view. For the sun-worshippers, Dubai’s golden-sand beaches provide the perfect spot for games, picnics and swimming in the Gulf Sea.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest indoor shopping centre offering around 1200 stores, along with an ice rink, aquarium and indoor theme park. After all that shopping you can relax in one of Dubai’s numerous laid back coffee shops or shisha lounges.
Madrid is another excellent location for those looking to extract every last drop of entertainment from their holiday. During the day you can enjoy the weather, visit museums, and explore the streets, before throwing yourself into the lively night life. With succulent food, brilliant music and heart-racing flamenco dancing, you can party all night in the many fantastic clubs.
If you’re seeking culture rather than the party-scene, Madrid also has a host of incredible must-see sights such as the Royal Palace and the Museo de Prado art gallery. Some sights stand out, even amongst the magnificence of the others; no trip to Madrid would be complete without a visit to the Plaza Mayor.
A true ‘must-visit’ destination, you’ll relish the energy and buzz of this busy metropolis. With more shops than you can shake a stick at, shopaholics will be in heaven, but make sure you save time to visit some of New York’s iconic sights. A boat tour is the ideal way to take in the Manhattan skyline including Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty.
Many visitors compare a trip to New York to visiting a film set, with so many familiar locations from blockbuster films and your favourite TV shows. Grab a hot dog in Times Square, catch a show on Broadway, and then hail a big yellow taxi to take you back to put your feet up in your hotel.
Hailed as the city of love and romance, whatever your occasion for visiting, Paris is an extremely popular city break destination. Famous for fashion, art, wonderful French food and of course the Eiffel Tower, Paris is a city with it all.
There are some sights you simply must see, such as the Louvre; home to the Mona Lisa, Sacre-Coeur and the impressive Notre Dame. For the kids, of course no visit would be complete without a trip to Disneyland Paris. Remarkably easy to get to, thanks to the Eurostar, you’ll love a short break or longer trip to Paris.
The ultimate destination for history, food and culture lovers; Rome has an unending list of things to see and do. Best enjoyed by simply relaxing, strolling around and truly taking in the culture and atmosphere; a trip to Rome would not be complete without a visit to the Colosseum and of course the Trevi Fountain.
Other notable sights include St Peter’s Basilica and the Spanish Steps, though stopping for lunch at one of Rome’s wonderful restaurants for some traditional pizza and a glass of local wine, is also an experience not to be missed.
A bustling city, Marrakech offers visitors a unique city experience. Explore thriving souk marketplaces to buy traditional textiles, pottery and jewellery – where haggling is a must – and sample spicy Moroccan cuisine from a street vendor.
Established in medieval times, the walled city of Marrakech is dappled with awe-inspiring architecture such as the Koutoubia Mosque. Wander around the cool interiors of many of these buildings to view some of the intricate Islamic art and décor. Marrakech is also the home to fascinating crafts, beautiful gardens and intriguing museums.
Even if you’re taking a short city break, it’s important to make sure you’re covered just in case your trip doesn’t quite go to plan. In the unlikely event that something unfortunate happens, you’ll want to be prepared. Find out here about the high quality cover we can provide for city breaks, whether you’re staying in Europe or travelling further abroad.
If you really want to escape your stressful routine, and truly relax on holiday, then all you need is good weather and a stunning beach to bask on. Picking a great beach holiday destination can be difficult, as most pictures are going to be flattering and reviews can be tricky to find.
To help you decide where to go this year, we have compiled our top 10 favourite holiday destinations solely on how good their beaches are. Some are in Europe and others are further afield, but each destination below offers stunning beaches, which will not fail to impress even the biggest beach connoisseur.
Below we have included a mix of destinations, each offering a different culture and atmosphere, plus a wide range of activities and water sports to keep more active travellers happy.
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With its warm weather all year round, Australia remains a popular choice for holidaymakers. Culture differs depending on which region you choose to visit and the country has always had a ‘laid-back’ reputation. Australia has a population of around 22.7 million, with mostly coastal areas being inhabited.
With so many beaches in Australia, you can find yourself spoilt for choice! Surfing is extremely popular in the region with great waves, lush blue seas and a carpet of white sand. Popular beaches include Bondi Beach (Sydney’s most visited beach), Palm Beach and Byron Bay.
The exotic culture of Brazil is what draws in so many visitors each year. With bright and colourful parades, upbeat samba music and gorgeous weather; it makes the perfect destination for a beach holiday.
One of the most popular and famous beaches in Brazil is Copacabana Beach with over 4km of sand to enjoy. You can usually find sports such as volleyball and football as well as water sports here giving you plenty to get involved with, not to mention all-night partying all year round!
The Caribbean is usually a popular destination for honeymoons but this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a holiday in paradise just for relaxing! The Caribbean is well known for its bright white beaches and clear blue waters, making the top of almost all holiday-makers wish lists!
Montego Bay in Jamaica is a popular spot for its nightlife and snorkelling as well as the great reggae culture. Why not try some of the Jamaican cuisine while enjoying the happy music that consumes the island. Punta Cana is also popular thanks to its golfing, casinos and snorkelling lifestyle. Look out for dolphins while you’re there!
The historical culture of Egypt is enough in itself to want to visit. With the pyramids, Sphinx and the River Nile, there is so much to see and do that you’ll be looking for a few days of relaxation in between.
Egypt is home to beautiful golden beach beaches such as Taba which is a surrounded by mountainous ranges, giving it a secretive and magical feel. You can also visit Ras Shitan which features many exotic cushion seated areas, adding a real touch of Egyptian culture to your standard beach visit.
Thanks to its party towns and luscious beaches, Greece is one of the most popular holiday locations in Europe. The Greek culture is very different from those around the world, with distinct food in particular. Why not try some of the great home-grown olives and olive-oil or savour some original Moussaka!
Rhodes, Zakynthos, Kos and Skiathos are all known for their great beaches – made for relaxing. If you get bored, you can find water parks near the beaches as well as water sports, snorkelling and you can even see sea turtles!
Mexico is commonly associated with drinking and partying thanks to it being a spring break location, but this is definitely not the only thing it is good for! Many people flock here for family holidays or relaxing breaks with their friends and other halves as you are spoilt for beach choices!
Cancun is a popular Mexican destination as it boasts great aquatic life, allowing you to view rare species as well as swimming with dolphins! Other beaches such as Akumal and Playa del Carmen are popular for honeymooners and snorkelling lovers.
Portugal is well known for being a great location for golfing holidays. Whilst this is true, there are so many more things to explore closer to the shoreline. Snorkelling and water sports are particularly popular in the summertime thanks to the perfect blue seas and deep reefs.
The Algarve is perhaps the most popular destination in Portugal with beautiful marinas to explore, water parks and perfect sandy beaches. Albufeira is also a popular hotspot in Portugal, with a strip of bars and restaurants right near the sea as well as a large selection of water-based activities.
There are many great beach destinations that fall under the Spanish label, some of which are popular locations for holiday makers! Places such as Majorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and Marbella attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year of all ages!
Although the nightlife is great in these places, in the day time there are caves to explore, golf courses, marinas and historical buildings to visit – just to mention a few activities. You can even take up a spot of yoga to keep you calm, enjoy some Flamenco dancing or even explore volcanoes.
Many beaches in Thailand have been used as backdrops in movies and are some of the most idyllic places you can find on earth. The bright white sands and still blue waters are surrounded by green dusted mountains and rocks, offering great views whilst you sunbathe.
The Thai culture has distinct elements such as their food. Try some on your travels including noodle based dishes or fresh seafood! Islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui are famed for their beautiful beaches, great shopping and abundance of aquatic life.
The Cook Islands are unusual in their own gorgeous way, as from a distance they look like a bright blue drop in a dark blue sea! You can find sea and beach houses dotted around, surrounded by lush green palm trees with mountains as your backdrop!
Just remember to slap on the sunscreen, drink plenty of water and invest in quality travel insurance before you completely turn off and surrender to sun worshipping.
Many travellers limit their holidays to once a year during the summer months, when cheap deals, school holidays, and great weather lure them on their annual trip abroad. However, as the summer months draw to a close and passports are tucked away for their 12 month hibernation, daydreams of stunning beaches and metropolitan cities often still remain.
Holidays are a great way to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, whilst also reconnecting with friends, family or partners, and exploring a new culture or experience; in the hustle and bustle of the modern world it’s fair to say that you’ve probably earned more than one a year!
Short breaks can be a great way to escape the daily grind in between your larger holidays, whether you have a tight budget or an appetite for luxury, a weekend or a week. Below we have listed our top 10 favourite short break destinations, which are perfect for people with little time to spare;
The South of France is absolutely perfect for anyone who wants to escape their daily life for a taste of luxury. Nice is one of the largest cities on the French Riviera, and therefore provides a winning combination of both French and Mediterranean culture. Nice is the ideal location in which to indulge in amazing food, wine, and admire beautiful celebrity homes and architecture.
Due to the nature of the attractions offered, it’s fair to say that Nice may be a better option for couples or groups of friends, as opposed to families with children; the pace of life may ultimately be too sedentary for them! For those in the UK that are desperate for a few relaxed days in the sun, Nice is a good bet!
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a taste of city life, Paris is the perfect location for your next long weekend. History, art, romance, architecture and culture all combine to offer something for everyone. A city of the size and diversity of Paris truly offers something for everyone, from superb dining opportunities, beautiful locations to explore, and family friendly tourist attractions.
Perhaps the one weakness of Paris as a short break destination is that it can be, speaking generally, a little bit too full on; Paris is an exceptionally busy metropolitan area, and can therefore be a difficult place to relax if you’re not used to such a fast-paced lifestyle. While certainly not a deal breaker, it’s certainly something to bear in mind.
Amsterdam offers a wide variety of experiences and activities, and as the cultural and economic heart of Holland, displays a fine cross-section of what the nation has to offer tourists. Indeed, it’s very easy to lose yourself in Amsterdam while wandering its narrow streets on the lookout for the next shop, bar and café.
Amsterdam also allows you to explore the more sedentary aspects of Dutch culture; relaxing in chilled out coffee shops, floating down the canals, enjoying tulip gardens, or navigating Amsterdam’s narrow lanes on a rented bike.
Considering it is a capital city of a well-developed nation, Reykjavik is a pleasingly small, far more personal location for a short break. Indeed, despite housing 60% of Iceland’s total population, Reykjavik is over 10x smaller than London; and consists largely of buildings far smaller than you would ordinarily find in a city, let alone a capital.
The small scale, and comparatively relaxed pace of life around Reykjavik make it a fine place to visit with the family. In this regard it can also act as an ideal staging ground for further exploration of Iceland itself, with offering the opportunity to view picturesque glaciers, and catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. For those looking for a more social, fast-paced short break, Reykjavik is also famed for offering a varied and exciting nightlife.
You really don’t have to go as far abroad as Iceland for a superb staycation; there are many superb locations closer to home; with Ireland providing many convenient, exciting options. For both its numerous metropolitan attractions, and easy access to the beauty of rural Ireland, Dublin is certainly one of the better options. And that isn’t just for the Guinness brewery.
Beyond the vibrant nightlife, with the Temple Bar area in particular having achieved fame in this regard, Dublin is also a famed centre of arts in the UK. From Samuel Beckett, to Bram Stoker, to James Joyce, Dublin has produced its fair share of artistic luminaries; so why not pay a visit to gain some inspiration of your own.
There isn’t a great deal to be said about Venice that hasn’t been already; it’s a true marvel of civic engineering and architectural beauty, and will be a perennial favourite destination for years to come. A firm favourite with any lover of fashion, art, history, architecture and culture, there’s a lot to be said for simply wandering the city absorbing its unique atmosphere. It’s a bit of a cliché, but things often are for a reason; why not reconnect with someone special by hopping into a gondola for a romantic canal ride?
Scotland is the perfect location for anyone who doesn’t want to stray from the UK, but still wants a change of scenery; depending on your destination of origin, Edinburgh can be a fairly painless car or train ride away. Offering a similarly culturally rich experience to that of Dublin, Edinburgh is also host to Edinburgh festival, which alone is well worth the trip.
Landmarks such as Edinburgh castle and Holyrood palace all vie for the attention of visitors; though more modern attractions like Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth are equally worthy of a visit, providing an exciting day out for all of the family.
Home to many instantly recognisable landmarks, including the world famous, still unfinished Sagrada Família; as well as a multitude of museums and art galleries. If the likes of Casa Batlló and Park Güell don’t tickle your fancy, you could always sample the delights of Barcelona’s beach, which is regarded as one of the finest city beaches in the world.
As a cultural hub for both Spain, and the triumphantly resurgent Catalan culture, it’s unlikely that any artistically or historically inclined tourist will run out of things to keep them occupied, whether holidaying with family, friends, or even on their lonesome.
Cornwall is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to hop in their car and leave everyday life at home for a couple of days. Beautiful beaches, gardens, coastlines and harbours combine to form a place where you can completely relax or throw yourself head first into activities. Newquay is situated on the Northern coastline of Cornwall, and has some of the most prized beaches in England for use in surfing and other water sports as a result. Newquay is also famed for its vibrant local nightlife, which combined with the day-time enjoyment of local beaches, makes it a particularly popular domestic holiday location for young people.
As with Reykjavik, Newquay is a great place to use as a basecamp to explore the rest of Cornwall, placing you ideally to take in such exciting locales as mysterious Bodmin Moor, haunted Jamaica Inn, and more futuristic fayre like the Eden Project.
Most of us are so over-exposed to London, and its most famous landmarks, that it’s often easy to forget just what it has to offer domestic tourists. After all, London is one of the most popular city break destinations in the world. There are many historic sights to see, as well as modern tourist attractions. It’s fair to say that even London locals could easily stumble across something new to enjoy, or somewhere new to visit.
For domestic holidaymakers especially, the convenient variety that London provides ensures that there are many diverse short break ideas to experience. Why not treat a loved one to a nice hotel in the centre of the city, tickets to a show in the west end, and a table at a great restaurant.
Don’t get too caught up in the planning of your trip to book travel insurance; short trips to nearby destinations require just as much cover as longer trips to the other side of the planet! At the end of the day, if you’re going on holiday you’ll want to be prepared for the unlikely event that something doesn’t go as planned. For more information on the high quality cover that we provide for short breaks, please take a look here.
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