If like us you’re already sick of the long dark nights, short days and freezing cold mornings, then take a few minutes to sit back and imagine your dream holiday destination…
Where will your next break be…?
We think 2018 is going to be an exciting year and we’ve definitely got the travel bug. Although we love visiting the world’s most popular hot spots, we’re determined to take the road less travelled at least once over the next twelve months.
Here is our bucket list of the most underrated places to travel in 2018:
If you’re looking for a European break, we recommend the Italian city of Genoa. Often overshadowed by the tourist hotspots like Rome and Florence, it’s really not to be missed.
The city’s largest sea port area offers plenty to do in the way of museums, bars and eateries. Its old town has been revitalised, with a bright new crop of fashionable stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars attracting people from all around. Genoa has the largest medieval centre in Europe, so there’s plenty of culture to soak up as well as idyllic views, boat trips and as much pizza and gelato as you can handle.
If you’re looking to take in some of the most awe-inspiring sites on the planet then head to Egypt, where you can see more than just the pyramids.
Visit the city of Al-Fayoum, which is close to Cairo and offers exceptional sightseeing spots and a great place for a day trips. See the artistic pictures of the many antiquated waterwheels spread across the city or visit the site of the petrified forests, containing fossilized remains of whales, sharks, crocodiles and other sea creatures. Alternatively feed your adventurous side, and try sand boarding across the Samuel Sand dunes in the middle of the desert.
Don’t forget that you’ll need an e-Visa which can now be easily obtained online, making your arrival at customs quicker leaving your more time to enjoy your holiday. You can find more details and apply online for your e-Visa on egyptvisa.com. Psst..! The new Egypt online visa application only takes 5 minutes! This allows you to visit Egypt for a maximum duration of 30 days and is valid to use for a period of three months. The Egypt e-Visa is a requirement for travellers wishing to visit for tourism purposes.
Although steadily growing in popularity the city of Split, found in Croatia, is still one of the lesser known yet beautiful destinations on our list.
Stock up on the best fruit, veg and snacks at the local market which is open until the early hours of the morning and head to the main beach, which is just minutes from the city centre, to catch some sun. If you’re feeling up to it, a climb up to the cathedral provides a taste of culture and a stunning panoramic view of the city.
Take things in a new direction and head to Norway, particularly the city of Bergen, also known as ‘The Gateway to the Fjords’. Whether you want to go on a fjord cruise, explore the mountains via glacier hiking or ski in some of Norway’s best terrains, you’re in the perfect spot to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world.
You’ll be surrounded by snowy mountains, blue glaciers, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and quaint little villages all around. You’ll find a wide variety of museums and institutions in and around the centre and The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras. Known for its wide range of music, it’s a hub for emerging scenes and offers a large variety of festivals too.
For warmer climates, head to the Caribbean destination of Nevis. It’s often described as unspoilt, relaxed and easy-going and has wide open spaces with a rich cultural heritage that seems to be a well-kept secret for its residents, as well as holiday makers. The beaches are untouched, surrounded by wonderful volcanic peaks and there has been little development along the coastline, meaning the island blooms like a perfect paradise.
Enjoy nature at its finest by hiking, cycling or sailing your way around the habitat or try scuba diving or wind surfing all year round.