Blue Monday is behind us which means the worst has passed and it’s surely time to start thinking about holidays?
I’m not saying you should go to all these places in one year (though if you can, may I share your cash flow purlease?) but if you’re looking for inspo, these are my top picks for 2018.
Ireland – January
Unless your January budget is very unlike mine, long-haul flights might be out of the question – but £10 ones to Ireland might not be! My recent winter trip wasn’t even slightly affected by the fact it was a bit chilly. In fact, it’s the best time to get stuck into the cosy pub culture.
This beautiful country has so much to offer whether you like cities or countryside – see what I got up to here.
Cape Town – February
The best time of year to visit South Africa is in the first few months when the summer is cooling off but the temperature’s yet to considerably drop. I’d put Cape Town up there as one of my favourite cities on earth and there are a load of day trips and road trips you can take to see more of the country even if you don’t have weeks to spend. If you’re coming from the UK you’ll find prices to be about half of what they are at home. Get my guide here.
Vienna – May
Before peak season fully kicks in, you’ll get the best of Vienna’s slightly less busy streets. As a city, there’s loads to do from ornate palaces to quirky street art. Better yet, I’ve spoiled you with one of the most detailed guides I’ve ever written to a city.
Gdansk, Poland – June
I bet you’ve heard of Warsaw and Krakow but is Gdansk on your radar? I loved my recent winter trip but everyone told me the streets come to life in the summer with performances, outside restaurants, open-air bars on boats and all-night parties. Visiting in peak time won’t be a problem as Poland is renowned for its low prices and pints for as little as £1. For a long summer weekend, it’s a great option.
Ps. My flights from England were £7 each way!
Bosnia and Herzegovina – July
Plan a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina and it will likely be your best surprise of 2018. I’d recommend a trip to historic city, Mostar, as well as a dip in the Kravice waterfalls. Read more about my trip here – oh, and try and spot me in the waterfall pic below.
The Lake District – August
Give summer flight prices a miss and maximise the warmest time of the year in England. You won’t be surprised to know I’ve got you when it comes to the planning.
Nuremberg, Germany – September
If you want to be transported into an actual fairytale in 2018, I’d recommend Nuremberg. This Bavarian town is one of my favourites. Wile away the last of the summer days rowing across the lake and drinking ‘Hugos’ (Prosecco and elderflower cocktails) outside in the main square.
Even in midsummer, I flew return from London to Nuremberg for £30. See my whole guide for everything to do, see and eat.
Vietnam – October
My 💜 is forever in Vietnam and although I’d go back any time of year, our autumn is the best time to visit much of Asia once sticky monsoon season has died down.
Vietnam is friendly and fascinating. There are beaches if you want them, plus a whole load of amazing temples. Use my guide to plan yourself the experience of a lifetime.
Barcelona – November
Summer in Barcelona is what holiday dreams are made of but it can be expensive and busy. The weather was pleasant even during my January trip so visiting out of season is a perfect idea – especially for flight prices.
You’d never guess but I so happen to have a guide, not like me right? 😉
Copenhagen – December
Around the festive period, Copenhagen is packed with Christmas markets and Tivoli Gardens is a winter wonderland. Here’s what I got up to during my winter trip and what you could do, too.
I hope this has given you some food for thought. Let me know in the comments where you’d most like to go on this list 🙂
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- My Ireland guides
- The ultimate guide to Cape Town
- How to spend 72 hours in Vienna
- 12 reasons why you should make Gdansk your next city break
- How I made it around Bosnia and Herzegovina in a day
- Everything I know about visiting the Lake District
- A complete guide to visiting Nuremberg
- The ultimate Vietnam travel guide
- The perfect Barcelona itinerary
- My Copenhagen blogs
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