It may seem a little bit early to be thinking about next year’s holiday, but planning where to go is half the fun. Especially if you’ve just come back from a break. We all know the best tonic for post-holiday blues is to book the next one.
To put you in that holiday frame of mind, here are the destinations we imagine you’ll be jetting off to, driving to, hunting down or simply hopping on a train to in 2018.
1. Walking holidays
If it’s good enough for the prime minister, Theresa May and her husband are regular visitors to the Swiss Alps which she describes as “fantastic for walking,” and closer to home, Wales.
If you’re torn between eating Welsh cakes while ambling along the rocky trails of Snowdonia; or tucking into a cheese fondue while admiring the Alpine views, Ramblers Walking Holidays specialise in walking holidays worldwide, from leisurely to challenging. You’ll just need a decent pair of boots.
2. Scenic cycling
For a staycation, cycling is the next big craze. Heading off on two wheels through a peaceful cycling route offers a wonderful sense of freedom and can put the wind in your sails.
First off, it’s green, it’s healthy (you can go at your own pace) and the UK is blessed with some of the most scenic cycling paths - imagine peddling through the pretty countryside with leafy trees to filter out the warm sunlight. Such is the trend, there are lots of cycling holidays geared to beginners.
Check out Cool Pedals who specialize in beginner tours.
3. Wildlife adventure
We call it the ‘Attenborough effect’ as, thanks to the popularity of David Attenborough’s wildlife programmes, more of us are pursuing discovery-style holidays and venturing into the natural world. Whether you long to go tiger tracking in India, head to one of Africa’s world famous game parks, or voyage to the icy wilderness of Antarctica, there’s a tailormade adventure holiday for you.
4. Foodie city break
Fuelled by the popularity of TV food shows such as Masterchef and Come Dine with Me, foodie capitals are becoming just as important for their culinary delights as much as their culture.
Destinations such as Madrid offer tapas and wine walking tours, while in Lisbon you can ‘eat, drink, walk’ through the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, while Reykjavík has become a haven for food lovers with its casual chic bistros, seafood and schnapps.
Otherwise, take a multi-centre holiday and visit capital cities in more than one region.
5. Art painting retreats
If it’s been an age since you held a paintbrush, now’s the time to rekindle an interest in watercolour painting.
Whether it’s landscapes or the natural beauty of wildflowers, a painting holiday is a calming and creative way to wind-down and relax.
Along with advancing your brush strokes, working with fellow artists and making new friends, some art holiday courses, such as painting in Tuscany, include food and wine experiences and exploring the idyllic countryside.