Picking a holiday destination, the place of your travel and leisure, can be quite a challenging task. Nowadays we have literally the entire world at our disposal, and it’s quite possibly to visit almost any nation on Earth. So, where do you start? Tourism is a massive industry with things to suit pretty much everybody – whether you’re looking for an action packed adventure holiday or something a little more relaxed and calm. Maybe even a combination of the two? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of holiday available today.
I think we’re going to need a bigger boat
Cruises are a popular holiday choice, as they encompass all sorts of different things into one package: all with the added benefit of miles and miles of beautiful ocean surrounding you. Cruise holidays have been around for years and years, evolving from the luxury liners which travelled the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in the early 20th Century. Modern cruise ships travel all over the world, with some passing Antarctica for real breathtaking views.
Cruises see a lot of people enjoying their hospitality because they provide so much. It’s not uncommon for cruise ships to contain numerous swimming pools, multiple restaurants serving exquisite quality food, spas and even small shopping centers. This ‘resort’ experience is popular with tourists who wish to taste luxury while travelling between top destinations such as the Mediterranean and Morocco.
You’ve come a long way, baby
Long haul holidays have been the height of vogue since the introduction of the jet liner, and some of the destinations available are out of this world. Obviously, the idea of ‘long haul’ varies depending where in the world you are, but amazing locations where you can still get cheap flights and amenities such as car rentals included in travel packages. Asia is an increasingly popular choice, with resorts and amazing holiday destinations across the continent.
Thailand, India and Vietnam are all achingly beautiful destinations with unbelievable climates with amazing hotels, but if you’re more of a city-dweller places such as Tokyo might tickle your fancy a little more. Although flights to the other side of the world can be expensive, there are tricks you can use (such as booking tickets online) to save money.
Also, the USA and Canada are popular tourist destinations: the States has Florida, popular because of its beautiful weather and fun places like Disneyland, as well as geographical must-sees such as the Grand Canyon in Nevada. If winter sports are your bag, Canada with its colder climate around October has some of the best skiing and snowboarding spots in the world and is definitely worth checking out whether you’re an enthusiast or somebody who’s just eager to try.
Right here, right now
One area which has seen unprecedented growth is domestic tourism: more and more people, especially in Europe, are deciding to forego the flights and fanfare surrounding a trip abroad and are deciding to stay close by for their holidays. Weekend trips to top destinations such as London and Edinburgh are perennially popular with those looking to soak up some culture or just enjoy the best of what the UK has to offer.
Alternatively, other Brits are deciding that Cornwall is an unrivalled holiday destination and are choosing to hire cottages and houses for a couple of weeks in the summer to make the most of the rare British sunshine.
European hotspots such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona are also all extremely popular with tourists across the world, providing great weather, amazing shopping, perfect food all wrapped in deep history and culture. The Mediterranean coast is another favourite with holiday makers, and millions of people visit every year to make the most of the sun, sea and sand for which that part of the world is famous for.
Ultimately, the best thing to do is just to research the places that you’re interested in, and see what sounds nice. If there are things that sound like they might interest you, or if there’s stuff you wouldn’t mind checking out, do a bit more research into that place, or country, or activity, and see if it suits you. Then, I guess the only things left to do are to pack your bags and get exploring!
This article was written by Ted Hunter on behalf of Travel Republic. Travel Republic is a cheap holidays specialist with holidays to suit all tastes available. Ted lives in London, and likes writing about travel and technology. He is a cat lover and he loves to run.