Vacations are an exciting time on any person’s calendar. They offer you the opportunity to have fun and relax away from your normal environment, and explore and learn about a new place and different culture. However, thanks to the devastation wrought by the coronavirus across the globe and the subsequent necessity to reduce travel to a minimum in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, it might have been several years since you last went on vacation. As vaccination rollouts steadily continue and people learn to live with the virus, and the travel and hospitality industries are cautiously starting to open up again, now is the perfect time for you to get ahead of the game and book your next vacation for you to look forward to.
If you are a keen skier, you might already be familiar with popular ski resorts like Aspen and Courchevel. However, as these can get very busy and popular – and for good reason – you might find yourself wishing to ski in peace away from the crowds. If this is the case, why not investigate a lesser-known skiing resort? Zakopane in Poland is situated on the mountainous border between Poland and Slovakia, and provides the best variety skiing both countries have to offer. Zakopane is made up of 15 individual resorts in the stunning Carpathian Mountains, offering skiing and snowboarding for half the price of the more well-known European ski resorts. Check out chalets in Zakopane now to book an unforgettable ski trip without the crowds.
Albena is a popular Bulgarian holiday resort that is situated in the northeastern part of the country. It is a Blue Flag winning resort on an ecologically clean gulf of the Black Sea coast, so you can rest assured that you will be staying in clean, ecologically sound environs. However, a trip to Albena is not all about relaxation: there are plenty of other activities to do here to keep you occupied. Kids – both young and old – will love a trip to Aquapark Aquamania water park for an adrenaline fuelled day on the water slides. Alternatively, get a bit of culture by visiting the interesting and historical Ak Yazula Baba Mosque.
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
The main attraction for visiting Foz do Iguacu in Brazil is, of course, the breath-taking natural waterfalls that span both the Brazilian and Argentinian borders. However, there are many other attractions to keep you in this vibrant city for a few days. With shops, parks, and a huge range of dining and entertainment options, you can enjoy a day or two exploring and experiencing everything that this fun and fascinating city has to offer. The city of Foz do Iguacu was originally developed for workers building the Itaipu Dam, and this stunning feat of modern engineering, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, is well worth a visit.
Isle of Man, UK
It’s a must-visit destination if you are a motorbike aficionado, as the country is host to the legendary Isle of Man TT, an annual cross country motorbike race around the island. However, there is plenty to keep you occupied here even if you aren’t a motorsport enthusiast. With a rugged coastline and rural landscape, there are plenty of walking opportunities for you to explore this stunning natural beauty. Make sure you visit the Manx Museum in Douglas to find out more about the island’s fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage and unique culture.
Alexandria is an Egyptian port city situated on the Mediterranean coast. Known as the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’, it has a distinctive atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. Alexandria provides the perfect gateway to Egypt and a Nile cruise. Connect with the land of the Pharaohs by exploring the catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa and the underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura.
Or, learn about more recent history by exploring Egypt’s under-looked military heritage by taking a day trip to visit the WW2 war memorials and museum at Al Alamein.