Searching for a sun-filled summer holiday, a cosy cabin in a woodland forest, or perhaps exploring a new culture in a busy city?
Whatever you’re looking for, here’s your summer holiday inspiration guide with perfect ideas for any type of holiday for summer of 2018.
We have picked our favourite destinations with the best deals to save you some money too.
Holiday Inspiration for Beaches
Tikehau Island, French Polynesia
French Polynesia, aka Tahiti, aka Paradise
You can’t get more perfect than a small island in the Palliser, part of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia.
Never heard of it? Not many people have but this makes it even better.
You will have a private island all to yourself (well almost). The island is so small it only has a population of about 600 people.
This is the best way to enjoy a perfect beach. Imagine just you and your partner, with no worries in the world.
Holiday Inspiration for Adventure
For adventure and something a bit different this summer, choose Bali.
Described as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali’s popularity as a holiday destination has peaked in recent years.
If you’re in search of paradise – tropical weather, rich culture, long, white sandy beaches, volcanos, mountains, temples and much more – Bali is the answer.
Holiday Inspiration for Romance
Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals.
People call Venice the city of love for a reason. It’s the sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water.
It’s practically picture perfect. Could you think of anything more romantic than a gondola with your significant other?
Holiday Inspiration for Sightseeing
The capital of England, the home of the queen, and there are some incredible sights to see.
At its centre stand the Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, the site of British monarch coronations.
Across the Thames River, the London Eye provides perfect panoramic views of the entire city.
Holiday Inspiration for Vacation
Barcelona is a magical city with something exciting and beautiful on every corner. Check out the street performers and take in the vibrant atmosphere.
Hop on a cable car for panoramic views of the city, before finishing your evening off at the enchanting Magic Fountains of Montjuic.
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is one of the most enchanting sights ever.
Holiday Inspiration for History
Cairo, Egypt’s capital, set on the Nile River, is a must for any budding historian.
At the heart of the city, there is the vast Egyptian Museum with a trove of antiquities, including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artefacts.
Nearby, you can find the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx.
You can’t get more historical than ancient Egypt.
Holiday Inspiration for Nightlife
For decades, Ibiza has held the ultimate party island crown and 2018 is no different.
Although it is renowned for having some of the best nightclubs in the world, the island also has beautiful coastline with dozens of tiny coves to discover, not to mention some of the most stylish hotels in the Mediterranean.
If a relaxing day on a beach followed by a crazy night out sounds like the perfect summer holiday, then Ibiza is the place to be this summer.
Holiday Inspiration for Events
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil. It is known for its carnivals and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado.
They have the best carnival festivals, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, which are considered the world’s biggest and best.
With golden beaches and lush mountains, samba-fuelled nightlife and spectacular football matches, Rio has something for everyone.
Holiday Inspiration for Culture
Tokyo is Japan’s busy capital. It mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples.
It boasts neon skyscrapers, bustling crowds, packed trains, cutting-edge architecture and futuristic technology.
But it also offers ancient shrines, plant-covered wooden houses, old-school sweet shops and village-like lanes.
Another key point of their culture to experience is the food – from sushi to soba, and everything in between.
You will are sure to feel fulfilled after exploring Japan’s culture.
Holiday Inspiration for a Luxury Trip
Las Vegas, USA
Vegas, Baby! This 24-hour party place has the biggest and best casinos.
Vegas is truly a sight to behold. It flaunts sumptuous celebrity-chef restaurants, plus glamorous clubs, mesmerizing shows, seductive spas, designer shopping, and amazing festivals.
This boulevard is home to themed hotels with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower.
Holiday Inspiration for a Theme Park Break
There is no question about this. Our top spot for the best holiday for a theme park trip has to go to Orlando.
It is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Walt Disney World is one of the many, it includes parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. You can’t get more magical than Disney.
The Universal parks are another must-visit destination in Orlando. Their parks include Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, along with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Holiday Inspiration for Safaris
Botswana bears its soul gloriously in summer. At the heart of the dry season, the animals gather in fabulously photogenic fashion around shrinking water holes.
Botswana Safaris are famous for having access to the most varied and abundant wildlife in Africa, offering some of the most unique wildlife viewings in the world.
Holiday Inspiration for Family Fun
Costa Del Sol, Spain
For a fun family holiday, Costa Del Sol is the destination for you. Sun, sea and plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied while you enjoy some well-earned chill time.
Have a splash at one of the water parks, or perhaps visit the aquarium or beautiful Butterfly Park. Take the kids to one of the seven beaches in Fuengirola and teach them how to snorkel.
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