Taking a break from your daily routine, whether in the UK or abroad, can really help to refresh the mind and rejuvenate the body. However, to enable you to take full advantage of your precious breaks, it’s important to do a little pre-holiday planning, to ensure you pick the perfect break.
Firstly, it’s important to consider what you want to get out of your holiday. Are you looking for an exciting new challenge, some cultural stimulation or just some rest and relaxation? Once decided upon, you will have a better idea of which destinations are able to meet your needs.
A Holiday to Challenge Yourself?
For many, a new challenge - whether mental or physical - can be an extremely rewarding experience. It can open up your eyes to new activities, enable you to meet like minded individuals and help stimulate those grey cells!
There are many ways to challenge yourself and learn a new skill, but enrolling on a course helps you understand what you’re going to get out of it. Plus, there are so many options available, whether it be a wine tasting course in the South of France or painting in Florence! And if venturing overseas isn’t for you, the UK has all kinds of courses just on the doorstep.
Discover Culture and History
The opportunity to immerse yourself in a new and exciting culture is a brilliant way to spend a holiday. It offers us the chance to learn first-hand about a country’s history, beliefs and values in an enjoyable and leisurely way.
Due to our proximity to many historic European cities, city breaks are very popular amongst the British. Paris, Florence, Rome, and Barcelona are all rich with history and culture, and only a short flight away For something different cities like Olso, Basel or Tallinn all offer fantastic cultural experiences without quite such big crowds . If you fancy going further afield, a specialist cruise may be more suited, with tours ranging from the Caribbean to Australia and New Zealand.
Holidays for Relaxation
But sometimes you just need a chance to unwind and your ideal holiday may be some well-deserved rest and relaxation in an idyllic location with pleasant weather! This kind of trip is ideal for those who like to go at their own pace and enjoy the company of their nearest and dearest.
Alternative Holiday Accommodation
The growth of house sharing companies such as AirBnB and Owners Direct has made renting villas and cottages all over the world easier and cheaper, whether in a remote location or a popular tourist destination. Alternatively, if you really don’t want to lift a finger, hotels and B&B’s can provide more facilities and catering options, in both the UK or abroad.
Wherever you choose, the key to an amazing holiday is planning and research, so that you can make sure your holiday is suited to you. The world is your oyster!