In January 2013, a travel agency predicted where it thought British holidays makers would be heading this coming summer. The general trend doesn’t look like it has changed that much, but there are one or two destinations that are climbing in favor with British tourists, notably new holidays to Croatia and a return to North Africa.
Below are five of top ten predicted destinations for 2013. They are in no particular order and in no order of favoritism either! Tell us… where will you be going on holiday this year? Is your favored country below? Why not let us know in comments.
The Balearic Islands
The Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera really do offer something for everyone. You will find value for money, short flying times from the UK and accommodation of every style and for every budget. Whether you want hip and chic, easy going and chilled, or family-orientated and kid-friendly you will find something to match.
Majorca is the largest island, but it isn’t just about the party resorts such as Magalluf. There are also many wide sandy beached family-orientated places like Alcudia or cosy, hidden coves such as Sa Coma. No visit to Majorca is complete without a trip to the capital, Palma, where you will find the stunning Gothic cathedral and excellent shopping and food.
The smaller island of Menorca is one of the best family destinations in the Mediterannean. You will be spoilt with pretty beaches and plenty of self-catering and villa choices, and of course, lots of sea food restaurants in the bigger resorts.
Ibiza is hard to beat for both families and fun-seekers. You will find world-renowned clubbing venues such as Pacha, the oh-so-stylish Ibiza Town, quiet resorts such as Portinatx and family destinations such as Santa Eulalia. The island really does cater for so many people.
Formentera is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Ibiza and is a wonderful place to spend a holiday. It is the perfect place to kick back and relax; sunbathing on gorgeous beaches lapped by the warm Mediterranean Sea.
The former Yugoslavian state is back in the limelight again as its tourist industry takes off with thousands of visitors from the UK. It might not be the most affordable of destinations, but it does offer the holiday maker something different to the traditional places like Spain or Portugal.
On your list of places to discover is historic Dubrovnik, and the resort towns of Rovinj, Porec and Pula that sit along the Istrian Riviera. Choose to sail amongst the hundreds of islands of the Dalmatian coast and you will not be disappointed in Croatia’s beauty. Much of the accommodation is hotel-based and standards are high. Hiring a car will let you get out and about to see the pretty inland villages and pine clad coastal villages.
Greece and the Greek Islands
Despite the media headlines warning of riots, economic disaster, strikes and turmoil, Greece had a record year in 2012 for arrivals. Why is this? It is simple really – the beach resorts of the Greek islands and mainland saw no problems and those who spent their vacations there enjoyed some great offers in the hotels, restaurants and bars as Greek people worked hard to bring in as much revenue as possible from holiday makers.
This year will see another big push from the Greeks attempting to lure even more of us to their country, from city breaks in Athens and to the islands for beach holidays. From the UK there are direct flights to over 25 of the magical Greek islands so you are spoiled for choice!
Not far from Greece are the beautiful resorts towns of Turkey, numbering almost 50 (and growing).
Here you will find a huge amount of all-inclusive holidays with a large range of hotels offering this cost-effective holiday solution. For those who prefer cruising to sunbathing, why not enjoy a sailing trip along the Turquoise Coast calling in at some lovely ports and marinas along the way.
The city of Istanbul offers an exotic break with its recognizable skyline of domes and minarets. Don’t forget the markets and bazaars full of bargains, and superb nightlife and high-end shopping.
For many British families their first major holiday abroad will be to Orlando and the theme parks of Disney and Universal. Kids go wild in this entertainment paradise and for many parents this is a trip of a lifetime for them too!
We often forget that there are many other attractions in Florida too. Miami offers a superb city break, South Beach is packed with stylish buildings and trendy bars, restaurants and clubs, and it is an excellent base for a longer break or Caribbean cruise.
The famous Florida Keys bead out from the south of the Sunshine State and end at Key West – it really is a wonderful trip to take – or head to the beaches of St Petersburg, Naples and Clearwater where miles of sandy beaches are available, well away from the intensity of Orlando.