If you’re hungry for a new adventure, or you’re simply wanting to head off on your annual summer holiday to somewhere a little different, you might be ready to seek out a little travel inspiration.
Just like clothes and shoes come in and out of fashion, so do destinations, and this year a few new attractions and openings look set to boost a few old favourites, and bring some new ones to the tourism fore.
If you’re ready for a change, or you simply need a bit of food for thought, check out these five suggestions for size.
At the current time of speaking, the Turkish lira rate is fantastic, especially against the British pound. What does this mean? More for your money! Holidays to the southern Turkish coastal resorts are cheap generally, and the cost of living is also quite low, meaning a holiday to Turkey doesn’t break the bank, and you’re certainly guaranteed sun. Try Marmaris for a party atmosphere, Icmeler for a bit of both, and Side for architecture and culture. You could of course head north to Istanbul and enjoy a city with a plethora of things to see and do.
Spain isn’t just about cold beer and sunny beaches, as the cities make for fantastic breaks within culture. Whilst everyone tends to rave about Barcelona and Madrid, Malaga is catching on the heels, with the opening of the new Pompidou Centre, the first outside of Paris, this summer. Malaga is of course the birthplace of Picasso, so if you’re an arts fan then Malaga is certainly the place for you, with this new centre promising countless events and collections.
You will know Haiti from the terrible earthquake which occurred a few years ago, and whilst the country has struggled to get back on track, it is now calling back to tourism. The beaches here are stunning, but the culture and history gives it a little something different compared to the other islands around, with a blend of creole architecture and history to explore.
If you’re a nature fan then Costa Rica is for you. Countless national parks and rainforests are home to weird and wonderful nature and wildlife to enjoy, with stunning beaches to chill the hell out on too. Whilst visiting this part of the world people tend to focus their attention on surrounding islands and countries, but Costa Rica is soon to enjoy a boost in tourism, due to direct flights from the UK soon to be implemented.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
If you want to see something different, something a little lunar-like, and out of this world, then Lanzarote is the place to head. This volcanic island certainly has the beaches and the weather to make up the perfect summer break, but this is also a great choice for winter sun too. Timanfaya National Park is a must visit, where you can climb a volcano on a camel, and eat food cooked from the heat of the earth. The landscapes are certainly different, and should be seen to be believed.
Feeling inspired yet?