Holidays are a time to let loose, have a good time and relax after a tough year at work or whatever. Getting away for a couple of weeks is all that’s needed to recharge the batteries and go back feeling refreshed and ready to face the world. There are so many types of holiday out there it can often be confusing, so here’s an overview of the most popular.
All inclusive holidays are right up there at the top of the list and involve paying a certain amount for accommodation, food, drinks and sometimes flights. You can stay at a hotel or resort and essentially let someone else do all the work for as long as you’re there. They are popular as everything is right there, and you don’t have to lift a finger- simply show up in time for breakfast, lunch and dinner and do whatever you want the rest of the time. Popular with everyone, including families, you can go almost anywhere in the world, but the prime location for package deals is the Mediterranean- France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Portugal.
City Breaks are a fantastic way to spend your time off, as you can experience all the action and see the sights of some of the liveliest urban areas in the world. There’s really no limit to where you can go, but London, Paris and New York are some of the most popular destinations. While you don’t necessarily have to go outside of Europe, every country has its own character and wonderful experiences on offer. Of course the main reason to take a city break is to shop, but going to fabulous restaurants or shows is also on the cards. From romantic getaways to weekend trips, cities are so full of life you can’t help but get excited.
Private holiday villas are also hugely popular, especially in summer. The great thing about booking a villa is you can do things at your own pace and take it easy all the time. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or checking out the local towns, you’ll be able to experience the culture and cuisine to your heart’s content. Mostly self catered, villa vacations are the ideal chance to get creative in the kitchen and have an incredible time. There are loads of villas around the Med, with France being the most popular destination by far, however Cyprus and the Greek Islands are also up there. For a relaxing pace of life for a week or so, there’s nothing better than a holiday home!
Spa holidays are the ultimate in relaxation and will leave you feeling like a totally new person. Whether you’re looking to detox, get pampered or just generally recharge your batteries, there’s no better way than at a spa. Popular with both men and women, there are a wide range of options- from health farms to day spas, but the bottom line is that you’ll feel absolute relaxation. The great thing is that you don’t even have to leave the UK to experience it as there are some brilliant places right on your doorstep. For those looking for a more luxurious experience however, looking further afield is a good option too. Spas really are heaven on earth!
Cruises have been around for a while, but they have put the cheap and tacky reputation behind them. These days you’re able to set sail in total luxury as modern cruise liners are like floating palaces. With all the furnishings and luxuries you’d expect from a 7 star hotel, popular cruise destinations include the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Red Sea and even Scandinavia. Sunbathing on deck while holding a cocktail in the middle of a Fjord is surreal, but nonetheless a lot of fun. Most ships even visit some exotic ports for a few days where you can see the sights and experience something totally different. Good food, good company and great weather make cruises a brilliant way to spend that hard earned holiday.
The fact is that there are many holiday options to suit all kinds of people. Whether you’ve booked well in advance or are looking for something last minute, jetting off to the sun is very doable, and low cost holidays are widely available. There’s something for everyone, so all you need to do is look online and find the one that’s right for you!