Top Holiday Destinations of 2015

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2015 is drawing to a close, summer holidays are done and dusted and most people are now pouring their savings into Christmas and looking forward to next year’s big holiday. However, with October half term coming up, there’s plenty of time for a quick getaway before the year is out. Check out our recommendations for the top holiday destinations of the year.

Spain

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Spain was the most visited country of the year. In particular, holidaymakers love the Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca and Majorca) along with the Canary Islands and in particular, Tenerife. However, there is much more to Spain than beaches. You could enjoy a city break in Seville or go cycling in Catalonia. Northern Spain is often overlooked by tourists, but it is filled with picturesque medieval towns and magnificent beaches. Weather in Spain is warm year-round, with a lovely cool breeze of a nighttime come October.

Writer’s Pick: Alicante is a popular destination which is much quieter this time of year. Visit Benidorm for buzzing nightlife and shopping, or enjoy the Alicante old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz.

Getting there: Budget airlines such as Easyjet fly all over Spain for great prices, even late on in the year.

Greece

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Holidays in the Greek Islands are all about simplicity. The country has been in the news this year for the economic crisis, but as long as you take plenty of currency you will barely notice it, plus going there will help get the economy back on track. Greece is full of hidden gems, such as the lesser known islands of the Cyclades or the rocky landscape of Corfu. Wherever you go, you’re sure to see quintessential whitewashed villas and eat at friendly tavernas.

Writer’s Pick: My dream holiday destinations are either Santorini Greece or Mykonos, preferably island hopping around them all! Having said that, Corfu is idyllic and Kos has an amazing atmosphere.

Getting there: Jet2 flies to Crete, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Zante for affordable fares.

France

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With so many different ways to get to France now, there’s never been a better time to go there. Even in the depths of winter, you’ll find sunshine on the Cote d’Azur or rent a French chateau in the French Alps for skiing on a budget. You could also explore the capital of Paris and take in the sights, or go on a wine tour across one of France’s many vineyards.

Writer’s Pick: In my heart, there’s always room for Paris. The Notre Dame has a strong Disney film vibe and I love the unique Latin Quarter. Plus, who doesn’t want to see the lovely Mona Lisa?

Getting there: Take the Eurostar to Paris, Lyon or Marseille.

USA

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This is the most popular long-haul destination for British holidaymakers and it isn’t hard to see why. Whether its taking in the tourist sights of New York, going on a music-driven tour of the South or gambling away your savings in Las Vegas, the USA has it all. There are many ways to explore the USA- hire a car, travel by rail or go on a guided group tour.

Writer’s Pick: Exploring the USA is still on my bucket list, but for me, it would have to be the bright lights of New York, closely followed by the country music delights of Nashville.

Getting there: British Airways flies to a range of destinations across the USA. Once you’re there, why not hire a car with Avis?

Italy

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Fantastic food and living La Dolce Vita, Italy is consistently rated as one of the best places to visit in Europe. Whether you wish to check out the cities or relax in the countryside, this amazing country has it all. Visit Rome or Milan for a cultural city break accompanied by fantastic shopping, or visit the Umbria region which is filled with Renaissance artworks and vineyards which have been left largely untouched by tourists.

Writer’s Pick: I’d love to explore ‘The Floating City’, or Venice as it’s better known. There’s something rather idyllic about the idea of travelling around in a gondola. Plus, this time of year the tourists will have scattered, leaving you to explore.

Getting there: KLM have flights across Italy for a great price, year round.

Thailand

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At the moment, Thailand is coming full circle from a destination for backpackers trying to find themselves on a gap year, to a mainstream holiday area. It has it all: beautiful scenery, beaches which stretch for miles, friendly people and affordable prices. Phuket brings in the most visitors, but Koh Samui and Koh Phangan can be a lot less crowded and more affordable. Seek out a Full Moon party of a night time for a true hedonistic experience.

Writer’s Pick: I don’t think I could pick just one island for a trip to Thailand. I’d quite like to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Phuket, but be warned that some hotels over this period will charge you for a compulsory ‘gala dinner’.

Getting there: Check out hotels in Thailand by visiting Trivago.

Where have you been on holiday in 2015? What are your top tips for places to visit in 2016?