Top Five Holiday Destinations: Inspired Ideas

January is the busiest time of the year for booking summer breaks as Brits give winter the cold shoulder and dream of warmer months ahead. It’s also when the travel industry gazes into its crystal ball and predicts the hottest destinations of the season. We’ve scoured the travel press and had a peek at industry reports to pinpoint the most desirable places to visit on the planet and chosen our five favourites:

Malta The sun-soaked island of Malta is a firm favourite with most travel editors and it’s easy to see why. What the diminutive Mediterranean island lacks in stature; it more than makes-up for in charm. At its heart the fortified city of Valetta is a tangle of Baroque backstreets, laid-back piazzas and smart palaces that are deserving of its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Outside the capital it’s all about sun-worshipping (Malta enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year) picture-postcard beaches and some of the best diving in the world.

Oslo Once overshadowed by neighbouring Scandinavian capitals; the chic and cosmopolitan city of Oslo makes a perfect city break. Best explored on foot Norway’s Number One city boasts some serious cultural credentials with museums dedicated to home-grown heroes who made it big on the world stage, including Edvard Munch and Roald Amundsen. It’s also the King and Queen’s 50th wedding anniversary and to celebrate the city is pulling out the stops with a busy calendar of events. Life in Oslo is kept close to nature and you’re always a short tram ride from a forest trail or a ferry hop to an isolated island. In the unlikely event that you have any time to spare head west to the fjords where you’ll be shrunk into a Lilliputian landscape that’s guaranteed to take your breath away.

South Africa If you’re looking for an excuse to move South Africa to the top of your ‘bucket list’ they don’t get much better than Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations. The country will be remembering Madiba’s long walk to freedom with a packed program of cultural and sporting events. With more than 2,500km of pristine coast it’s difficult to know where to begin, but it’s hard to beat the Garden Route which takes-in some of the country’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Along the way you can bag the Big Five in luxury game lodges or kick-back in the manicured vineyards of the Cape Winelands before getting a taste of city life in Cape Town.

Montenegro While tourist hoards clog-up the coast of Croatia, neighbouring Montenegro remains comparatively untouched, but direct flights are about to put the country on the map. Pocket-sized Montenegro may be small, but it punches well above its weight. The Adriatic coast plays host to a string of terracotta tiled villages stitched together by miles of enviably empty beaches. The impressive backdrop is provided by sawtooth mountains which make Montenegro a Mecca for outdoor types. Whether you want to unwind on the coast or get your pulse racing in the interior, Montenegro’s got something for everybody, just make sure you get there before the crowds arrive.

Turkey Travel pundits are widely predicting that holidaymakers will be heading east in the search for sun and Turkey’s already getting booked-up. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia Turkey has a holiday for every type of traveller and every budget. City breaks don’t get much better than a visit to the cultural capital of Istanbul where the skyline of domes and minarets is worth the trip alone. The Mediterranean coastline is littered with ancient cities and classical ruins, but it’s the beaches that are the biggest attraction. Life outside the Euro means that Sterling goes a little further and Turks are some of the most hospitable people on the planet.

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