Now that the festivities are over for another year, the chances are your thoughts are turning to something guaranteed to lift your spirits – holidays. With so many great deals and destinations out there to choose from, it seems as if we have the whole world in the palm of our hands, ready to choose from.
These days, people are looking for much more than the traditional sun, sea and sand from our travel destinations. We want something new and exciting, that will really pique our interest and give us a handful of memories which we can treasure for years to come. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the norm for this year’s holiday, why not consider one of these top five outstanding destinations?
The spectacular scenery of Bhutan
Few holiday destinations manage to capture the imagination more than the remote and intriguing Bhutan. Still relatively ‘new’ in terms of mainstream travel, Bhutan has really come in to its own over the past few years. Nicknamed ‘The Last Shangri-La’, Bhutan is situated way up in the Himalayas, and enjoys a unique fusion of old and new, traditional and modern. A laid-back approach to living marks this Buddhist democracy out as a truly relaxing, culturally-rich and diverse destination.
The Azores, for outstanding natural beauty
If you have a passion for surroundings that takes your breath away and the delights of exotic culture fused with warm Portuguese hospitality, it’s well worth considering a trip to the unspoilt Azores. Featuring beautiful crater lakes, volcanic islands and a wealth of dramatic scenery, this collection of volcanic islands is a place of unparalleled culture and culinary delights. Feast upon the cozida das fumas, the national dish of Sao Miguel, to truly experience the perks of staying in a volcanic area – these delicious stews are geothermally heated!
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland – unique and hospitable
Few locations present such a varied experience to the traveller as the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. A destination termed ‘the Land of Fire and Ice’, the lagoon offers a unique combination of silica mud waters which are reputed to bring a multitude of health benefits, with icy-cold temperatures which usually bring snow. Considered by many to be on the list of unforgettable experiences which everyone should enjoy at least once, a visit to the Blue Lagoon promises to bring a hint of exotic luxury to your holiday.
Innovation meets breath taking beauty at the Cancun Underwater Museum
Imagine an amazing museum, crammed with exquisite sculptures developed by world-class artist Jason de Caires Taylor. Now imagine it underwater. If this seems difficult to believe, you need to consider a trip to Cancun’s uniquely quirky underwater museum. This amazing venue offers snorkelers, scuba divers and swimmers to explore shallow waters, taking in the delightful statues accompanied by a wealth of marine life.
Madagascar – a remote treasure in the heart of Africa
Madagascar may be a remote destination for most travellers, but it is holds a reputation for being one of the most unique and rewarding locations any holidaymaker can visit. Set off the eastern coast of Africa, the beautiful island’s location has meant that plant and wildlife have evolved in a unique and stunning way, making it a one-of-a-kind travel destination. Completely unspoilt with beautiful scenery and a warm and hospitable culture. Madagascar offers even the most cynical traveller a wonderful, unforgettable holiday.