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Month: January 2019

Top holiday destinations for 2019

It’s that time of year when we start thinking ahead – and in the midst of the cold weather, often the most important thing on the agenda is getting your next holiday secured. Booking your holidays for the year early will certainly help with the winter blues!

To give you some inspiration on where to go on holiday, we’ve listed the holiday destinations tipped to be the best places to visit in 2019 — perhaps it’ll help you decide where to discover next.

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka

The pearl of the Indian Ocean is certainly having its moment! Far more reasonably priced than neighbouring Indian Ocean holiday hot-spots, the destination offers an affordable getaway that differs from the norm. Whether you’re an intrepid traveller wanting to get stuck into the local culture, or being pampered in a beach resort is more your style, it’s all possible here. The hospitality will impress you too – you won’t have to do a thing!

Don’t forget the incredible wildlife either – there are elephant sanctuaries to visit and a whopping 22 gorgeous national parks to explore.

When to go? Sri Lanka varies depending on what side of the country you choose to visit. If you’re heading to the west coast, we recommend you visit between December and March. But if it’s the east coast you’d like to get to know, then it’s best to take your trip between April and September.

JORDAN

Jordan

With a population of just 10 million, Jordan is often overlooked as a holiday hot-spot. But with just a five-hour flight from the UK, this destination will surprise you with how much it has to offer.

Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World is a must-see while you’re here – the historical and archaeological city dates back as far as 213 BC! In fact, it’s known as one of the world’s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Jordan’s hospitality is top-notch too. There are plenty of incredible hotels and resorts, with a delicious, authentic cuisine to sample, and lots of opportunities to be pampered — you’ll be treated like royalty! To put your minds at rest, Jordan remains comfortably sheltered from the troubles within the region, so you’ll be safe on your holiday here.

When to go? Despite Jordan’s small size, you’ll find wide variations of climate, often because some regions are high above sea level. The best time to visit is in the spring and autumn, when temperatures are toasty but not scorching. If you opt to visit in spring, you’ll be treated to a display of gorgeous wildflowers everywhere!

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro

Imagine Greece’s ancient cities, the tranquil emerald beaches in Croatia and Switzerland’s picturesque snow-capped peaks. Roll them all into one and you’ve got Montenegro! Ask anyone who’s been, and they’ll tell you it’s a land of paradise and promise, and cheaper than most other European holiday destinations too, including neighbouring Croatia.

Whether you want to party, relax by the beach or try the delicious local food day after day, this tiny country offers it all — and it’s only a few hours away from the UK. Our advice then is to visit this little gem of a country before everyone else does.

When to go? For guaranteed sun, we recommend visiting between May and early October. Head here in June or September and you’ll be treated to even more peace and quiet to enjoy the surroundings.

PANAMA

Panama

Forget Costa Rica, it’s Panama’s time for the limelight. This is a destination where tropical biodiversity meets white sandy beaches, and misty highlands are combined with an indigenous culture. How it’s still under the radar, we have no idea. It’s a destination full of character and history, that will keep the avid explorer busy day after day.

2019 is a particularly good year to visit as Panama has pledged to party like never-before to celebrate Panama City’s 500-year anniversary.

When to go? Panama has a tropical climate with a hot, humid rainy season between May and December and a dry season from January to April, which is generally seen as the best time to go.

SINGAPORE

Singapore

Super sleek and modern Singapore is full of flash shops and luxury hotels, and if you look a little deeper you’ll find some cultural delights and a lot of history too.

Hawker Centres are a great way to sample how this little outcrop in South East Asia has become a melting pot of cuisines defined by the cultures of neighbouring countries — and there are hundreds of them around the country to enjoy. As well as the amazing food on offer, Hawker Centres offer a perfect place to sit, people watch and open your eyes to local life in Singapore… what’s more, you can get a delicious meal for under $10!

For those in search of something a little more luxurious, 2019 brings the re-opening of Singapore’s most renowned hotel, Raffles. Whether you want to splash the cash and book your stay there, or just visit their bar for a famous Singapore Sling cocktail, it’s worth checking it out.

Also joining the long list of luxury hotels is Six Senses Maxwell that opened in December 2018. The hotel is set in a block of heritage shop houses in Singapore’s Chinatown and has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer, Jacques Garcia.

In terms of historical importance, Singapore has a long story to tell, from being a significant trading settlement during the 14th century, to its position as a strategic outpost during World War II.

When to go? If you are looking to avoid the wet weather, book your visit for June, July or August. That said, there’s plenty to see and do in Singapore all year round, including festivals and indoor activities, so there isn’t really a bad time to visit.

GALWAY, IRELAND

Galway, Ireland

Sitting on the western edge of Europe, Ireland’s fourth largest city is racing ahead in the cultural and gastronomic rankings. In fact, the city was awarded the title “2018 European Region of Gastronomy” and is now working its way to become the “European Capital of Culture”. As a result, you’ll find a growing range of pop-up culture cafes and unexpected venues throughout the city.

Galway has plenty of history that can’t be missed either. In fact, they have their own Horrible History tour that’s worth checking out if that’s your thing. And not to forget the friendly-natured locals — get to know them in some of their many lively bars, of which there are plenty to choose from!

When to go? April to August is the best time to visit Galway for those who prefer it warm — and May, in particular, has the most sunshine. An hour away from the closest airports (Shannon or Knock), we recommend taking a leisurely drive through the beautiful Irish countryside before reaching Galway if you have time on your hands.

MATERA, ITALY

Matera, Italy

For lovers of the unknown, Matera is a great choice. This hidden gem is filled with beautiful boutique hotels, bars and restaurants that sit amongst historic monasteries and natural limestone caves.

The picturesque and quaint southern Italian town is in a key stage of growth, having not left behind its typical features — so is the perfect spot for the explorers amongst us. A rich culture, authentic cuisine and incredible views are at every turn, and there’s the added bonus there are far less tourists here than the average Italian holiday destination. Need we say any more?

When to go? As there’s plenty to explore here, your best bet is to visit in the spring or autumn where you’ll find comfortable temperatures for walking in the heat of the day.

Book your 2019 holiday today!

For more inspiration and advice on where’s best to travel in 2019, call us or pop into the shop today — we’ll take care of all your arrangements and get you on the road to discovery before you know it!

The benefits of booking your holiday in January

January is notoriously the dreariest month of the year – the festive season is over, the days are dark and the weather’s drawing in. Knowing that spring and summer is still out of our grasps, booking that summer holiday early will give you something to look forward to – and booking your holidays in January actually has many advantages, so let us share some of them with you…

Get the best value

January is the month of mega sales for the retail industry, and a great time to bag a great deal for your holiday. You will likely find more holidays deals, low deposits, free nights, straight-up discounts or added value including free half-board and free transfers than in any other month of the year. As there’s a lot of competition out there, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Low deposits and more time to pay it off

Straight after Christmas, the last thing you are likely going to want to do is splash out on an expensive holiday. However, as you are booking well in advance you can often benefit from options to secure your holiday booking with a low deposit, meaning you can guarantee the holiday you want today and pay the lion’s share of the costs later. Knowing the summer’s still a while away, it makes saving for interim payments more manageable over a longer period.

No compromises

If you are interested in visiting a particular destination or resort, booking earlier will secure you your spot. You can get ahead of everyone else and enjoy the pick of the bunch. Perhaps there’s a specific room on a cruise ship you would like to reserve, or an area of the hotel you’d like to stay in. It’ll also mean that you will have more options regarding the dates you would like to travel.

Airline seats sell fast, and generally speaking the later your leave your booking the more expensive the flight element of your holiday will be. The earlier you can book, the best chance you have of securing the best price for your holiday and having the exact holiday you want.

Booking early can also mean you’re more likely to grab added value offers, such as free child places, room upgrades or discounts on meal plans.

More time to get excited

It’s always nice to have something to look forward to, especially when holidays are concerned! Booking earlier in the year means you’ve got more time to get excited, plan your excursions and brag to your friends and family!

The pressure is off

Granted, sometimes booking your holiday last minute bags you a bargain, but book your summer holiday in January and you can sit back and relax, knowing that you’re happy with the deal you’ve booked – and more importantly, the pressure is off. Instead of thinking about where you might go on your holiday, you can instead look forward to knowing where you are going and start focusing on more important things like updating your summer wardrobe!

We can do all the hard work for you!

It is a mine field out there, with so many destinations, hotels and travel options to choose from. As travel experts, we know where and how to find the best deals or offers and can help tailor your holiday to you. Book in January and secure your dream holiday for the best possible price.

To book your next holiday, pop in-store, give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

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