Choosing where to go on holiday it seems like such a simple choice doesn’t it? Think about where you’ve never been, where’d like to go and fly there! What could be easier? The reality, as we all know, couldn’t be more different. There are so many places to go on holiday. You have to consider destination, flights, accommodation and transport and then on top of that you have to materialise spending money so you’re able to eat and drink over there and bring back presents (and a little something for yourself).
Choosing where to go on holiday can be tricky, especially when you have to really consider the cost and logistics of everything. Quite apart from that is that from classic beach resorts to up-and-coming cities, there have never been so many attractive places to go on holiday. You have to search around, get reading about specific places and see what inspires you straight away whatever it may be; from ski resorts, to sandy beaches, to camping/adventure holidays and everything in between, no two holidays are the same, but let us at Heading There help you on your way to understanding the possibilities.
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Sun, Sea and Sand
We are currently living in the land of the cheap flight and the package holiday. We’ve all seen enough shock-factor television programmes that belittle these fantastic institutions, but in fact their popularity has never been more prevalent – and it’s no wonder. With the ever increasing number s of cheap flights, package deals and luxury locations on the market, the traditional beach holiday has never been so diverse.
Locations such as Spain and Greece, as classic as the little black dress, are as popular as ever, with more sun-seekers heading there in recent years than ever before. Package deals get you the most for your money and with the option of being catered you can afford to spend that little bit more in duty free or on shopping when you get there!
Quite apart from the holiday mainstays, exotic new destinations such as Egypt also now provide plenty of scope for a beach holiday with a difference. Combine getting a tan on the pristine sands with a trip to the pyramids and the Sphinx and come back home as much sun kissed as you will be culturally enriched!
And of course if that’s not exotic enough for you, you could also travel further afield with a trip to the Azure Ocean and sublime surf of destinations such as Thailand and the Caribbean. Although difficult to find in terms of package deals, remote exotic islands such as these do cater for luxury and romantic beach getaways as well as action packed water sports adventures.
If any of these examples sound like your cup of tea then you’re spoilt for choice. It’s rare to encounter a destination with purely a beach so you’ll never get bored!
Sun, Ski and Snow
Cheaper package holidays don’t only apply to traditional beach holidays; if you want something with a little more adventure, look no further than an action packed, one in a lifetime, Skiing trip. There’s a long drawn out cliché that only the super rich can afford to live life on the slopes but the truth is that that just isn’t the case. Traditional ski locations such as Austria, France and Switzerland are perfect for family getaways close to home whether you’re a seasoned professional or barely a beginner there are resorts all over Europe that cater to the needs of all.
For something a bit on the wild side, excellent ski resorts in places such as Argentina, the Himalayas and Colorado provide plenty of scope for the adventurous amongst us and although these cost a little more than the traditional European ski adventure, the wealth of memories you will return home with will be unrivalled.
Love Is In the Air
More than ever now, couples are choosing to jet off on short breaks either close to home or further afield. From UK short breaks, city breaks from a weekend to five days to tropical and exotic honeymoon destinations, with an increasing number of hotels and tour operators offering deals which incorporate affordable luxury, it’s no wonder that people are jumping on the bandwagon and getting all the experiences they can at such an affordable price.
There is a plethora of places to go on holiday that are perfect for a romantic getaway; in terms of more exotic locations, the Maldives, Australia and places in the Far East such as Thailand have never been more popular. However, it is undeniable that although popular, these destinations serve more as honeymoon getaways than quick romantic visits. On that front, city breaks are much more popular.
A Trip into the City
The beauty and simplicity of a city break is something that not even the low cost of a package holiday can compete with it seems. City breaks are currently more dynamic than ever, with low cost airlines making cities across the world increasingly more accessible to tourists. It is difficult to decide on the most beautiful European city; from Prague and its historically steeped streets to the infamous, elegant Paris, but one thing is for certain: It’s hard to go wrong when you choose from the abundance of European places to go on holiday for a city break.
Although it needs no introduction, a city gaining more and more popularity in recent years is Barcelona. Spain’s second city, it boasts a wealth of cultural stead fasts that will leave you gasping with delight. If you are frugal you just about fit a highlight package of activities into a week but you’ll feel like staying there for a year to get a real taste of the Catalonian culture. From open-top bus tours to the amazing shopping and the nightlife on the Plaça de Catalunya, you won’t want to come home and cheap flights there make it easier than ever to experience this wonderful city.
Like Barcelona, so many cities offer experiences so culturally enriching you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them before. City breaks are ideal for a weekend, five days or even a whole week at half term if you want to get away with that someone special or want to take the kids somewhere different without plonking them on a beach for a week.
Music Is In the Air
In influx of modern day music festivals taking over European countries and islands is stronger than ever before. With this, alongside the traditional party islands such as Ibiza, Ayia Napa and Kavos, there’s never been a better time to get involved and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Festivals like Benicassim in Spain offer music lovers the chance to experience their favourite bands in an environment so alien yet so totally accessible. Famous for a lack of negative vibes, Benicassim in particular attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world each summer so not only is there great music and fantastic weather, but there’s also the opportunity to meet new people who share a love of the same things.
There are, however, countless other places to go on holiday which are significantly less crowded and just as fun. Locations like Turkey, Bulgaria and Croatia are also packed full of fantastic resorts competing to be the best in Europe and all just as easy and cheap as each other to get there.
If the miserable weather is really getting you down then there’s never been a better time to jet off somewhere. Whether you’re into adventure, sun, sea, sand, skiing or culture, there’s plenty all over the world to get your teeth sunk into. Hopefully this guide has been helpful in getting you to think about your options and where you might like to visit for the first time, or maybe even return to somewhere you’ve fallen in love with. Either way – happy travels!