Europe, or the rest of the world – that is the question! Whether you like the convenience and lower prices of a Continental trip, or you prefer an adventure to some far-flung, exotic destination, we’ve got some great inspirational holiday ideas for 2015.
Hold on to your passports as we’ve put together a useful guide to the 10 most popular long-haul and European destinations.
Top 5 Long-Haul Destinations
1. Vancouver, Canada
They say Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains – but of course, it’s much more than that. Vancouver is the most popular long-haul destination with Staysure customers thanks no doubt in part to its idyllic setting, laid-back vibrant culture and favourable climate. What’s more, foodies and shop-a-holics love Vancouver because of its eclectic mix of world-class restaurants and its dazzling array of local and international shops. Plus, in the winter you’re only 30 minutes from the slopes, while in the summer the promenades and beaches are heaving with sun worshippers. What else could you wish for?
You might want to…explore the impressive Stanley Park in a horse drawn carriage.
Average flight time from London: 9h 30m.
2. Barbados, Caribbean
Known as the most British island in the Caribbean, Barbados sails in at number two on our most popular long-haul destination list. It’s got everything you need for a quintessential Caribbean escape: white sands, bathwater warm waters, historic colonial architecture and the bustling capital Bridgetown, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the island is surrounded by colourful coral reefs, providing exciting opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. You’ll find plenty to intoxicate the senses on this unique island.
You might want to…zip wire through the trees for a bird’s eye view over a tropical forest.
Average flight time from London: 8hr 20m.
3. New York, USA
The Big Apple is often referred to as the greatest city in the world. Home to Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty – the must-see list for first time visitors, or even those that have been before, is mind boggling. From giving your taste buds a treat in China Town or Little Italy, to catching a play in Broadway or visiting movie locations – New York has something for everyone. And viewing that iconic skyline should be on everyone’s bucket list.
You might want to…soak up the views of New York’s skyline from the Empire State Building.
Average flight time from London: 7h 20m.
4. Bangkok, Thailand
Known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is cosmopolitan, vibrant and one of the most visited cities in Asia. Thailand’s capital offers old world charm, a myriad of old exotic temples and a canal-ringed old town that is perfect for a spot of sightseeing. From mega malls to Chatuchak Market (the world’s largest street market) there’s nothing you can’t find in Bangkok. Those who love to treat their tastebuds should also try the legendary local street food. But if you haven’t got the stomach for that, why not make a reservation in one of Asia’s best restaurants, the prestigious Nahm?
You might want to…visit the impressive Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn).
Average flight time from London: 11h 15m.
5. Sydney, Australia
If you’re thinking of going Down Under and visiting Australia’s largest city then you won’t be left disappointed – there is so much to do here! Of course, no trip to Sydney would be complete without visiting the Opera House, Australia’s most recognised building. Brave visitors can even climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for jaw-dropping views of the city. Sydney is also home to Bondi Beach – arguably one of the most famous stretches of sand in the world. What’s more, you’ll discover plenty of bars and restaurants in Darling Harbour if you fancy a break from all the sightseeing!
You might want to…go wine tasting in the nearby Hunter Valley on a coach tour.
Average flight time from London: 22h.
Top 5 European Destinations
1. Costa del Sol, Spain
Malaga, Marbella, Benalmádena, Mijas, Estepona and Fuengirola – it’s no surprise that this sun-drenched part of southern Spain is number one on our list – this is prime sun-and-sea territory! Thanks to miles of sandy beaches, an abundance of cloudless blue skies, golf courses galore and an enviable all-year round great climate, it seems we can’t get enough of the sunshine coast.
Average flight time from London: 2h 40 min.
2. Veneto, Italy
Located in the northwest of Italy, the Veneto region extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic and includes the popular towns of Verona, Padua, Belluno, Rovigo, Treviso and Vicenza. The regional capital and jewel in the crown is of course, the canal city of Venice. Probably the most unique city in the world, Venice is visited by millions of tourists every year.
Average flight time from London: 1h 55 min (to Venice).
3. Crete, Greece
At number three in our top 10 is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean – Crete. Packed with ancient ruins, breathtaking beaches, hospitable people and a rich gastronomic culture that will leave you licking your lips, scores of Staysure customers are packing their bags for a Greek get-away this year – will you be one of them?
Average flight time from London: 3h 10 min.
4. Nice, France
Nice by name, Nice by nature! Located on the ever popular French Riviera, Nice offers year-round sunshine, old-world opulence, a stunning stretch of sand lapped by warm Mediterranean waters and Belle Époque architecture galore. The famous Promenade des Anglais was aptly named after the English. They made this stretch of coastline popular from the 18th century, as they wanted to escape the cold winters back home – so not much has changed in that respect!
Average flight time from London: 1h 50 min.
5. Dalaman area, Turkey
Located in the south west of Turkey, this holiday hot spot is known as the “Turquoise Coast”. Boasting a scenic shoreline, countless enchanting pebble coves, beautiful bays and long stretches of sand, sun-seekers flock here each year to unroll their beach towels and soak up the sunshine. The area is carpeted in pine forests and due to the rugged mountains, the resorts have never grown to more than large villages – perfect if you’re looking for a less-developed holiday destination.
Average flight time from London: 3h 50 min.
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