Saturday 23 November 2019

10 must-visit holiday destinations

Get your year off to a flying start by booking yourself a holiday to remember, with Travel Counsellors' Cheltenham specialist Penny Harrington selecting 10 must-visit places to go to in 2019.

Whether you’re craving a beach escape, a romantic city break, a cultural excursion, or the trip of a lifetime, there’s nothing like having a holiday to look forward to.

If you’re stuck for inspiration for this year’s getaway, Cheltenham travel specialist Penny Harrington selects 10 must-visit places to add to your 2019 bucket list, in this hot list sponsored by Travel Counsellors.

Penny, who has more than 30 years’ experience of planning memorable holidays across the globe, can help with every aspect of the booking process, including flights, accommodation, and off-the-beaten-track activities, in order to create truly bespoke travel experiences.

For more information, visit travelcounsellors.co.uk directly.


1. Croatia

Famed for its crystal-clear waters, historic walled towns, pebbled beaches, beautiful islands, lush national parks, and as a filming location for Game of Thrones Croatia really does have something for everyone.

If it’s sea air you’re searching for, head to the city of Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast where you can explore UNESCO-listed sights, or head out island hopping to the many idyllic islands dotted in the Adriatic Sea.


2. Dubai

With year-round sunshine, Dubai makes the perfect choice for those craving a vitamin D injection. Temperatures can reach the sweltering mid-30s in the summer, while the winter months, with an average of 26°C, are a great time to escape the UK and enjoy the warmer climes of the Middle East.

Start your visit soaking up the incredible bird’s eye views from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure standing 829.8m high, before hitting Dubai Mall, where you can shop till you drop. With world-class food, exclusive hotels and the chance to enjoy day trips, there’s lots to soak up on a visit to Dubai.


3. Orlando

A firm favourite with families, Orlando is paradise for big and little kids alike who flock to the Sunshine State to visit Walt Disney World. The world-famous Florida theme park is adding to its offering in autumn 2019 with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a brand-new Star Wars attraction.

If Disney isn’t your thing, there are a host of other activities to keep you entertained, including getting up close to wildlife and alligators on an airboat through the Everglades. And if sunbathing is on the agenda, there are five beautiful sandy beaches within a one to two-hour drive of Orlando.


4. South Africa

From driving along the iconic coastal Garden Route to seeing incredible wildlife in Kruger National Park, South Africa has a rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes, just waiting to be discovered.

The country is beautiful year-round, with plenty of different options depending on whether you want to soak up sunshine, enjoy whale watching, or visit wineries, while the best time for game viewing is during the drier season from May to October.


5. Iceland

Known for its impressive glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, Iceland is fast-becoming a unique weekend break destination thanks to its close proximity to the UK. If you want to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights, time your visit from September to mid-April when there are full dark nights.

Reykjavík, which holds the accolade of being the world’s northernmost capital, might be small but it’s got plenty to entertain visitors, including an exciting food and drink scene, relaxing spas and Instagram-worthy colourful houses.


6. The Caribbean

Nothing beats escaping the dreary winter months and a sure-fire destination to ensure sunshine is the Caribbean, where you can expect pristine palm-fringed beaches, clear waters, cocktails and relaxation.

With so many islands to choose from, a cruise is a relaxing way to take in different locations during one holiday. While often thought to be the preserve of older generations, cruises now offer a host of activities to keep all ages entertained while on board.


7. Venice

If a city break for two is on the cards, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic choice than Venice. The floating Italian city, famed for its magnificent architecture, museums, and of course gondola rides on the Grand Canal, is particularly lovely to visit during the quieter months from September to November.

Prepare to enjoy plenty of delicious Italian food and drink, and if you want to pick up a new skill, choose from the myriad cookery classes where you can learn to master some Venetian classics.


8. New Zealand

It might be a long flight but it’s definitely worth the journey as visitors to New Zealand are rewarded with jaw-dropping dramatic scenery, world-class wines, a rich culture and wildlife aplenty.

Give yourself plenty of time to explore the North and South Islands, with a campervan one of the best ways to take in the dramatic landscapes. If you crave adrenalin, make sure you visit Queenstown where you can bungy, skydive and white-water raft to your heart’s content.


9. The Italian Lakes

A favourite destination for A-listers, the Italian Lakes offer a picture-perfect choice for visitors craving nature, stunning architecture, panoramic views, delicious cuisine and beautiful walks.

Take your pick from Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Como, where George Clooney has a home. Bear in mind that the summer season can be busy, so plan a visit in spring or early autumn to soak up the charming delights minus the crowds.


10. Japan

Rugby fans can tie in the holiday of a lifetime with world-class sporting spectacle as Japan is set to host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup this autumn, with England’s matches taking place in Sapporo, Tokyo, Kobe, and Yokohama.

Whether you want to taste exceptional sushi, see impressive World Heritage Sites, experience the busting metropolis of Tokyo, or visit Kyoto’s temples, Japan offers something for all. And, if you want to catch the impressive cherry blossom in bloom, time your visit for spring.


For more information, visit facebook.com/Penny-Harrington-Travel-Counsellor directly.

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