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Saying goodbye to another year is always bittersweet. On the one hand, your bidding farewell to experiences both good and bad and at the same time promising yourself that ‘this year will be your year!’
If you do need a bit of inspiration, as to where you should visit and what you should do this year, then we’re here to help.
Given the current fires in Australia, some people may beput off from visiting, however the Great Barrier Reef is still fine to visit.The executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council, tells CNNTravel that while the fires are vast, “Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coastand the Barrier Reef, as with much of Australia, is in essence unaffected bythese fires.”
So, if you are taking a tripthis year to Queensland Australia, be sure to explore the coast and dive on theGreat Barrier Reef. Renowned for being the world’s largest coral reef system,it is seen as one of Australia’s finest natural gifts and one of the SevenNatural Wonders of the World. If you’re planning your honeymoon or just aromantic getaway, this is definitely one to add to your bucket list.
New York is a firm favourite among Brits, with many of us jetting off each year on a break to the Big Apple. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most monumental sculptures, standing
–proudly at the entrance to New York City harbour, welcoming millions of immigrants to the United States. It symbolises freedom to many around the world and truly is an unmissable piece of history. Take a ferry to witness the statue up close- we promise it’ll be one of the highlights of your trip.
Nestled within the beautiful city of Oxford, in the stunning areaof Stadhampton is the spectacular Crazy Bear Hotel. With eighteen individually-crafted rooms,award-winning English and Thai restaurants, delicious cocktail bars, gardensand terraces, not to mention The Crazy Bear Farm and Farm Shop – this hotelpromises a relaxing escape on your doorstep.
Erected between 1057 and 1287 by a number of Kings, the temples of Bagan are seen today as one of the most valuable areological sites in Asia. The temples are the core of Myanmar’s life and the religious dedication of the people. If you are after a cultural experience, perhaps you’re taking a sabbatical from work or fancy exploring the world before you progress into a new job role or further education, you should definitely consider Burma.
The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park in Québec is a hotspot for whale-watching. In fact, it is one of the best sites in the world to witness these mystifying creatures. What could be better than gazing upon these beautiful animals with a stunning coastal backdrop?
The Blue Lagoon is a romantic and relaxing paradise – ideal for any couple after a weekend away. The stunning blue water is surrounded by black lava, covered in a dark green moss. With it’s stunning location, skin benefits and calming atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the blue lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland.
Florida is the ultimate family holiday, with some much to do, including trips to Universal Studios. Home to blockbuster entertainment and located on a working film and TV Studio, the rides, shows and attractions are sure to leave you and your family grinning from ear-to-ear. And for all you Harry Potter enthusiasts, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with its attractions including Diagon Alley, Escape from Gringotts tour and Hogwarts Express ride, is sure to make your time magical and help you create make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
You may want to leave the kids at home for this one, as Tokyo comes at a considerable price and for many is a once in a lifetime destination. It can only be described as a haven for budding explorers who want to submerge themselves in the rich and beautiful culture of Japan. It is believed that the temple brings good luck, happiness and makes wishes come true. So why not visit yourself, who knows maybe your dreams will come true afterwards?
Amsterdam is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, be it with your other half or your friends. The city is renowned for having more than one hundred kilometres of canals, all of which are lined with shops and quaint buildings. The focal canals are designed so they follow the pattern of a half circle, highlighting the sheer growth of the city, so much so that it has become so symbolic that it now represents the town.
What could be better than relaxing in an igloo, gazing at the northern lights flooding the sky
. This natural light display is one of kind and Norway is in fact one of the best places to go witness this beautiful sight first hand. The best times to visit are between October and March, which is also considered off-peak travel season, so flights may be cheaper.
Keep in mind that there is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally for British individuals, from groups motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Make sure you are vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
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