The summer is the perfect time to get away to wash away the stress of the past year. Whatever you’re looking for; a long, luxurious escape or a couple of cheap weekend breaks, hopefully this list will give you some inspiration for your next travel destination.
So here are the 10 places you should look out for this summer:
1. Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj is one of the only true remaining Mediterranean fishing sports and is one of the 14 small islands compromising the Rovinj archipelago. Spend time whining and dining yourself in the world-renowned restaurants and bars, and if you’re feeling wanderlust take an afternoon boat trip between the islands. It’s the perfect destination for the keen traveller on a budget.
2. Sian Ka’an, Mexico
Sian Ka’an is one of the most beautiful, magical natural reserves in the world. A renowned UNESCO world heritage site, the reserve offers travellers the chance to see a vast array of flora and fauna, and rare wildlife. Sian Ka’an is a short drive from Tulum city, which is bustling with heritage, restaurants and local shops.
3. Havana, Cuba
Havana is Cuba’s colourful capital city, home to some of the most beautiful archaeological and historical sites. After a wander through the old colonial forts and the national art gallery, make sure to stop in the multitude of bohemian bars and cafes for a cocktail and a taste of the fresh seafood straight from the harbour.
4. Calgary, Canada
Calgary is a big feature on this list because of its beauty and vibrant nightlife. For a true honky-tonk Western experience, show up in time for the Calgary Stampede which appreciates the aboriginal heritage and showcases some of the best rodeos in the world.
5. Bali, Indonesia
Bali seems to be near the top of any summer travel list right now, and that is because it is quite simply the perfect beach getaway. The waters off the coast of Bali are an ideal spot for diving and snorkelling, while the surrounding jungle areas beg to be explored.
6. Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk is not like any other city in Poland. The streets are set apart from the rest, with the architecture influenced by past wealthy sea merchants. This city offers Eastern European culture by the bucket-load; an absolute treat for travellers with a passion for history.
7. Nevada, USA
Nevada is a state of contrasts. One minute you’ll be faced with wide open deserts, and the next facing a snow-capped mountain. Not to mention Las Vegas! But this state isn’t all about the 24-hour casinos; it showcases the stunning Lake Tahoe and is the home of the infamous Burning Man Festival which takes place at the end of August.
8. Okinawa, Japan
The Okinawa Prefecture is a cluster of over 150 islands in the East China Sea. This destination is gaining international popularity and is a must-see this summer, thanks to its crystal clear waters and coral reefs which provide great snorkelling and diving opportunities. The ancient forests and the aquarium are some of the island’s highlights, showcasing their rare array of flora, fauna and sea life.
9. Guadeloupe, Southern Caribbean Sea
This list wouldn’t be complete without Guadeloupe, which offers travellers both deserted beaches and towering mountain ranges. However, the shining star of Guadeloupe is its gastronomy. With historical influences from Europe, India and Africa, the food in Guadeloupe is some of the richest and most varied in the Caribbean.
10. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana is this year’s European Green Capital and is a completely different city experience to anywhere else. The laid-back atmosphere makes for a relaxing and culturally vibrant summer holiday, with many museums and galleries within walking or cycling distance of one another. Ljubljana also has a busy food and drink scene, with new cafes and restaurants popping up all the time.
Now that you’ve read our top 10 destinations to visit this summer, why not book your holiday getaway and save a little extra on our flights whilst prices are still low.