With summer well and truly upon us, you might be thinking about where to spend your well-earned holiday. This year, with the majority of lockdown restrictions behind us and most countries open to tourists, it’s a great time to think outside the box and travel to a more diverse or unique location for an immersive experience.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the top five destinations, offering a variety of culture, history, adventure and luxury, that’s sure to tick every traveller’s boxes.
Exotic paradise in the Maldives
For true indulgence and luxury, you can’t get much better than the Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean and consisting of 1200 small islands, this is the ultimate destination for soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches. Stay in your own private beach house, rustic water villa or splash out on an extravagant spa resort.
If you want to up the pace a little, the crystal-clear waters provide the perfect opportunity for snorkelling and diving where you can experience a rich variety of marine life in the house reefs.
Vibrant festivals in Barcelona, Spain
For a unique holiday experience, a bit closer to home, Barcelona offers a wealth of culture and attractions as well as some iconic festivals. Check out major summer events such as Cruilla Festival, Festa Major de Gracia and Festa de la Merce.
A great way to visit this vibrant city is on a road trip. Not only will you see the Spanish destination in style, you’ll also have the chance to explore other European highlights along the way. Just make sure to get a basic car service completed before you depart and check to ensure you have the right documentation to drive abroad.
Adventure and nature in Patagonia
Located in the southern region of South America and stretching across parts of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is home to awe-inspiring landscapes, lakes, rainforests, glaciers and snow-capped mountains.
Patagonia is an outdoor-lover’s dream with activities such as hiking, wildlife spotting, white-water rafting and sailing.
Coastal charm in Santorini, Greece
Head to the quieter parts of this typically Greek island and immerse yourself in traditional culture whilst enjoying local cuisine and idyllic scenery. Santorini's white-washed buildings, charming villages, unrivalled sunsets and sandy beaches provide a serene backdrop for a relaxing holiday.
Cultural immersion in Kyoto, Japan
Visit the culturally rich country of Japan and you’ll experience a holiday like no other. Kyoto is home to a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including a variety of temples, built with impressive architecture and surrounded by lush gardens. A traditional summer tea ceremony is a must.
Wherever you choose to spend your 2023 holiday, make sure you keep up to date with travel requirements via the government website and take out appropriate travel insurance as soon as you book your trip.