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Top Holiday Destinations

Posted on 13 November 2018
Top Holiday Destinations

With the weather dipping to colder temperatures and winter on the horizon, our minds are naturally drawn to daydreaming about our next holiday adventure.

Sun and white sandy beaches, exotic wild animals, glaciers and volcanoes: where do you dream of exploring in the new year? Whatever your preference in a holiday, we’ve got you covered for 2019.



South Africa


 

Sitting on Africa’s tip, the Rainbow Nation is home to 11 official languages, diverse cultures and breath-taking scenery. Endless horizons, deep valleys, soaring mountaintops overlooking endless ocean all await on an adventure to South Africa. With an abundance of blue flag beaches, South Africa’s sun-soaked coast will provide endless surfing opportunities, chances to meet the countries unique marine life and to bronze on the sandy beaches. With a bustling city life, vineyards to explore, ample adventure opportunities and untouched wild to discover on safari, South Africa have a little something for everyone.
Top Tips:
- Africa is home to some of the most beautiful and endangered species on the planet. If you are taking a trip to South Africa, you must go on a safari
- Visit the breath taking Drakensberg & uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, you won't see anything like it anywhere else
- Make a trip to Blyde River Canyon is both one of the world's largest canyons and one of South Africa’s most outstanding natural sights
- Cape Town is South Africas biggest city surrounded by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.


 


Canada


Venture to the rugged beauty of Canada’s landscape in 2019. A powerhouse of untouched natural beauty, Canada offers thousands of stunning lakes, the soaring heights of the Rocky Mountains, stunning coastlines and is home to some of the largest wildlife to be spotted. Ideal for adventure seekers, city slickers and artists alike (Canada is ideal for capturing some stunning photos) Canada is also home to some stunning vineyards, delicious cuisine and diverse cultures. If visiting Canada, get ready for great adventure, some of the friendliest people you’ve ever met and memories to last a lifetime.

Top Tips:
- Try Poutine, to outsiders, it seems an odd concoction but trust us, you won’t regret it.
- Beavertails are pastry, not the actual tails of our furry friends and mighty tasty. If visiting Ottawa, the capital, be sure to visit a Beavertail hut.
- If you love skiing, Whistler, BC is the place to be.
- New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are for Lobster Lovers.



Sri Lanka


With varying climates and geography, Sri Lanka is a small island packed full of unique experiences. The secret to Sri Lanka’s appeal lies with its people, famed for big smiles and bigger hearts. With an enriched culture dating back thousands of years, Sri Lanka is home to diverse religions and cultural experiences with each month bringing a new celebration. With warm sandy beaches, a food experience you won’t soon forget (Sri Lanka home to some of the world’s best spices) and ranked among the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, this country has a unique and festive spirit. An irresistible destination for those looking to combine adventure with relaxation, indulge in the countries fascinating tea culture. Asian Elephants, leopards, wild buffaloes, blue whales and dolphins all abound in Sri Lanka making it the perfect travel destination for wildlife adventurers.

Top Tips:
- Visit Hikkaduwa beach on the south coast of Sri Lanka’s Southern province is great for surfing and nightlife.
- Unawatuna: coral reef, palm-lined beaches and Sea Turtle Farm
- Visit Nuwara Eliya, a vibrant city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. Visit temples, botanical gardens, meet monkeys and tropical birds.
-Taking transit in Sri Lanka is not the safest, there are a lot of accidents, it is highly recommended to higher a drive. It isn't that expensive and you have more freedom to stop where you like. Drivers also know great hidden spots that you may not have heard of otherwise. 




Iceland


Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts. Home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe as well as plethora of active volcanoes, Iceland is a country with long summer days, near 24 hours of sunshine, contrasted by only a few hours of daylight in winter. With a strong literary culture, with Icelandic authors publishing more books per capita than any other country, Iceland also boasts a great music scene, film industry and prospering design industry. A country for adventures, creatives, those looking to experience culture and bask in nature’s wonder.

Top Tips:
- If visiting in Summer (April - September) make time for whale watching when over 20 species of whales can be seen on either side of the island.
- From September to April Iceland is a hotspot for visitors looking to see the magnificent lightshow that is the Aurora Borealis.
- Hiking: Iceland is a hiker’s paradise with the majority of the country settled about 400m (1300 feet). With a rugged and diverse landscape, hikers can cover mountains, lava fields, glaciers, hot springs and more.




Cuba


Home to magnificent architecture, fascinating historical heritage and beaches, Cuba provides the best of both worlds for travellers looking to lounge beach-side while also immersing themselves in the rich culture of a country.
Cuba is full of dichotomies, at once vibrant and shabby, visitors will sometimes feel like they have travelled back to the 50s, in Cuba you wave goodbye to everyday assumptions of what a country will be like and decide to expect the unexpected. Cuba hasn’t changed since pirates stalked the Caribbean which is part of its charm; the cobblestone streets of cities like Havana tell a tale of centuries gone by. Although most tourists visit Cuba for the white sand beaches, travel further afield and you will be met with lush forests full of crocodiles, swamps and abandoned coffee plantations.

Top Tips:
- Take cash with you. Sterling and Euro get the best exchange rate, Cuba has two separate currencies.
- Try to visit between mid-November and March as temperatures are cooler, although a busier time of year for tourists if you’re not into extreme heat it’s always best to visit before the summer.




Croatia



Poised between the Balkans and central Europe, Croatia has in previous centuries been the prize of competing empires. The upside is rich and varied cultural history and architectural landscape. Glittering waters, mountain peaks, picturesque lakes and city culture abound in Croatia.

Top Tips:
- Croatia is one of Europe’s sunniest spot, perfect for mid-week or weekend getaway when the daily grind gets to be too much. Visitors should expect 12-13 hours of sunshine a day between May-August.
- With Croatia only becoming part of the EU in 2013, it is still relatively untouched by way of tourism and presents good value, beers at a trendy bar with cost the equivalent of a few pounds.
- Spectacular beaches, atmospheric Roman ruins and nightlife are all on offer with a visit to Croatia.




Malta


As European city of culture 2018, Malta has had an influx of tourism this past year and for good reason. Home to medieval dungeons and history, cave’s, narrow cobblestone streets, baroque churches, hidden architectural gems and intriguing festivals, Malta sits virtually in the centre of the Mediterranean. With Italian, German and North African influence, Malta has gorgeous beaches, is a popular spot for diving enthusiasts, thriving nightlife and centuries of history.

Top Tips:
- Visit Valletta. The capital is full of beautiful architecture, great restaurants and street festivals, with views of the oceans surrounding the city. Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea.
- A day trip to Gozo, Malta’s second largest island is a must. A tranquil haven, Gozo is smaller, more rural and greener than the main island. With a rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, some of the best dive sights await.