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Summer is fast approaching, making now the perfect time to start planning your summer holiday. Planning a holiday is great fun; you get to spend countless hours browsing the internet looking for places to stay as well as deliberating on the country you would like to visit.
When it comes to choosing the country you would like to visit, this can be a very difficult task – there are so many different places to visit, after all! You could book a city break, a beach break, or try something different, like a cruise (this way, you get to see several countries in one holiday). Currently, the Caribbean is very popular, with the Riviera Maya growing in popularity – Iberostar’s Riviera Maya resorts are worth checking out if you want to visit the Riviera Maya.
Whether you are looking to go away as a family, have a romantic break with your partner, or travel solo, we have put the following guide together on five countries for you to visit this summer.
Top tips for choosing a destination for your holidays
- Consider your budget; some places are more expensive than others
- Think about how long you want to go for – do you want to go for a long weekend? A week? Or perhaps two?
- Decide what sort of holiday you want. Do you want a city break? A relax around a pool? A beach break? Or a mix of all the above?
- Find excursions you want to do and make sure you book them ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
- Keep the journey time in mind. Some places are close by, others are further away, and this needs to be factored in when deciding the length of your holiday as you might suffer from jet lag or be bringing young children with you that will get restless.
- Decide what you want from your break away and who you are going with
We just touched on it above; Mexico is high on our agenda of places to visit this summer. Mexico has lovely weather all year round, gorgeous beaches as well as plenty of places to visit – the resorts in Mexico are stunning. If you’ve never been to Mexico, once you have visited, it’s easy to get the bug and want to keep on visiting. When staying in Mexico, it’s easy to get the best of both worlds when it comes to cities and beaches. There are also plenty of cruises that take place to and from Mexico if you are looking to try something different.
On the flip side to Mexico, England is a destination that always thrives throughout the years. Many people opt to visit London as this is the Capital of England. However, there are plenty of other places you can visit. Cambridge is full of history, Brighton has a lovely beach, and you may have heard of Devon and Cornwall, which are also very popular (Spa hotels in Devon are a must), and there are so many things to see and do. When it comes to a quintessential breakaway, England needs to be on your list.
If you are someone that loves food and loves culture, then Italy needs to be high on your bucket list of countries for you to visit this summer. Italy is packed with so many beautiful different places, from the stunning countryside to enviable coastlines and bustling cities. Head to somewhere such as Genoa if you want a really authentic stay, Rome to immerse yourself in the history, and Venice if you are looking to get away from traffic and ride the stunning waterways.
4 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a stunning destination offering a pared-back experience than you might get if you traveled to India. With a myriad of sites to see and things to do, you’re spoilt for choice. Make sure to take a ride on a traditional Tuk Tuk where a local can show you all the sights and let you know some of the secrets of this beautiful island. You can go tea picking in some of the luscious tea plantation fields, experiencing what it’s like and how your tea is made before trying some for yourself. It’s also recommended to visit Galle’s old town with a host of restaurants and boutique shops.
America is one of the largest countries in the world, and whether you live there already and want somewhere new to explore or have never been, it has so much to offer. There are so many vastly different places in the US you could visit a few on a road trip and have a totally unique experience in each one. Why not travel down the West Coast and discover California and Arizona? Or you could head to Florida over the East Coast. The choice is yours!
These are just five countries you need to visit this year for a great experience and trip you will never forget!