Now that we are firmly into the new year, it is time to start considering what parts of the world to explore over the next 12 months. Will you experience the cultural delights of Jamaica in February? Or will you lounge on a Tenerife beach in July? If you are still a bit unsure, here is a handy guide to the top places you should consider visiting, depending on the month you are planning to get away in.
While there may not be much left of the month, it’s always worth your money to look for last-minute deals, especially if it is to far-flung places. Catch the shadow of the snake on the world-famous Chichen Itza ruins. Swim with turtles in glimmering cyan waters. Top up that tan on Tulum Beach. A perfect remedy to get away from those winter blues back home.
Whether you have a birthday or anniversary, or want to show your partner how much you care, there is always a reason to mark Valentine’s Day in a special and unique way. And what better than celebrating this time in one of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy? Base yourself at the majestic Lake Garda, and you will be able to take small side trips to the likes of Verona and Venice. Even if you are not falling in love with each other, it’s pretty tricky not to with the destination itself!
Catch the dry season in Montego Bay, the second biggest city in Jamaica, while you still can. Whether it is relaxing by the pool, getting stuck into some diving or spotting some A-list celebs, there is much here to keep you occupied we’re sure.
Before it gets too hot to handle, spend some time relaxing in Sharm el Sheikh. This paradise on earth boasts Blue Flag beaches, fantastic water sport opportunities and the chance to munch on some kebabs, falafel and babaganoush. Note that national holiday Sham-ennisim will take place a day after Easter and is celebrated widely: April 6th.
Before the scorching sun arrives, head to breathtaking Bodrum. With its wealth of historical attractions, such as Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and its stunning bays and coves, this is a side to Turkey that you couldn’t even imagine. And that’s without even mentioning those beaches…
While Barcelona can be explored in the cooler spring months, the city is also perfect for a summer beach getaway. June, in particular, will see the fantastic Corpus Christi festival, where the city’s streets will be decorated with flower carpets, and one of the many water fountains will feature a hollowed-out egg known as l’ou com balla – if it doesn’t break, it means good luck for the year ahead.
Hit the beaches of Spain in July and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine on offer. Whether you head to mainland Spain to enjoy the white sands, the islands of Majorca for busy, family friendly beaches or find hidden coves in Menorca, July is the perfect time to visit the popular holiday destination of Spain.
It’s the kids’ summer holiday, which means only one thing: Orlando! Let your little ones meet their favourite cartoon characters, jump on adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters, and take a side trip to the indulgent Miami or the breathtaking Everglades. Your options are limitless.
Once those maddening crowds have dispersed, head to historic Dubrovnik with its majestic castles, mighty walls and quaint cobbled alleyways. September will welcome famed International Wine & Jazz Festival here, which will see the Old Town transformed into a hub for blues, award-winning wines and classical performances.
There is no better month in the year to visit India. The monsoon period has just finished and temperatures hit a manageable high-20s, while tourist numbers are not too intense. And with glittering waters and white powder sands, you may just lose yourself in Goa – India like you’ve never imagined.
As it starts becoming grim again back home, flock to Agadir in Morocco, where the sun keeps shining. Whether you want to take it easy, or squeeze in a day trip to the bustling souks of Marrakech, you are sure to see nothing like it.
With the weather not dipping below 20 degrees C at any point in the year, have a Christmas away from home this year in Lanzarote. A popular haunt among British travellers, you won’t feel like you have gone abroad – well, that is until you see the isle’s volcanic landscapes, luminous green lagoons and Mars-like mountains. What a way to finish off a year to remember!