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12 'Hot' & Inspiring Holiday Locations for 2015

Jan 09, 2015

 

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Planning a short break or something a bit more lengthy – here’s our round up of some of the popular places to consider for 2015 and beyond. Why not try one a month!

Booking your trip through an experienced travel agent means that you can fulfil one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions of many, which is – having more time to spend for yourself, friends and family as we can find the best offers and prices leaving you the option to decide which suits you best and when to go. 
 
Take a whirlwind tour of each of these places by clicking our pinterest travel boards for each location below.

 

Japan

Why go: Most popular time to visit is in the Spring months March to May for the Cherry Blossoms. 

Must see & do:Cherry blossoms, Beauty of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain (12,388ft), Temples of Nara, Geisha Districts of Kanikakuni. Take a Bullet train, fast and now 50 – it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Kyoto – 17 UNESCO world heritage sites in one city.
Something different: Get the latest technology and fashions in Tokyo; try new and innovative gastronomic delights in Osaka. Snow festivals or Lavender farms, forest treks and island hopping.  Getting there: Did you know you can fly from Glasgow and many other regional UK airports to Tokyo?

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Memphis

Why go: Home of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday, the city is still known for its musical connections and being the birthplace of blues, soul and rock and roll as well as being a pilgrimage destination for Elvis’s many fans.
Must see & do: Gracelands, Beale Street, Sun Studios, National Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi River Cruise, Grand Ole Opry, Mud Island River Walk and Kayaking, Ducks at Peabody Hotel.
Something different: Elvis Festival. Steamboat River Cruise, World’s largest pork barbeque, Memphis Farmers Market, Attend a gospel concert. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art which is highly regarded for medieval and renaissance works.
Other Elvis celebrations are happening worldwide – ask us for details  

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Patagonia

Why Go: Caught evocatively in print by travel writers including Charlotte Du Cann/Mark Watson and Bruce Chatwin. Words can’t easily describe the understated and outstanding beauty of Patagonia. Sparsely populated with people there is much wildlife. Top Gear was recently filmed there but before that The Flight of the Condor highlighted the Deserts, Steppes, Ocean, Andes and wildlife including condors, guanacos and pumas.  
Must see & do: Torres del Paine National Park, Jeep Safari, Bird watching. Glaciers
Something different: Whale & Penguin Watching, Ranching – Horseback Riding, Palaeontology. 
 
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Namibia

Why Go: Africa offers many different types of safari and a safari in the Namib is very different to that of South Africa. The Skeleton Coast was highlighted on ITV's Survival programme in 1981. The meerkat and lions of Etosha were featured in the films of Des Bartlett. Safari’s in Namibia are low key. Some reserves even offer cycle hire to guests.
Something different: Diamond Mining Towns, Sand Dunes, German influenced Windhoek. See Black Rhinos in one of the few places they now inhabit.
 
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La Gomera

Why Go: A 12 million year old Canary Isle, still relatively lesser known compared to sister isles of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura. Reached by a flight to Tenerife and a short ferry ride this tropical paradise is much like the busier isles were 20 years ago.
Must see & do: Take a look at the island on this clip here - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Garajonay National Park.
Something different: Jeep Safari. Visit to the whistling village. The Forest of El Cedro. San Sebastian and the secluded beach of Playa de la Guancha.
 
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Yosemite

Why Go: For many, Yosemite is synonymous with the naturalist John Muir. His influence brought about Yosemite being made the third largest National Park in America. It encompasses1200 square miles of valleys, flower meadows, giant sequoias and waterfalls to explore at your leisure. Day visits or overnight camping or lodges available.
Must see & do: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, El Capitan, Valley View, Lembert Dome, Tunnel View, Cathedral Peak, Glacier Point, Giant Sequoias.
Something different: John Muir Trail and Mist Trail, Hug a tree, Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite village. See more about Yosemite here
 
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Berlin

Why Go: A city with an extraordinary kaleidoscope of history, which today, as much as yesterday, has much to offer visitors; from art to history, café culture, food and fun.
Must see & do: Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery, Museum Island, Reichstag, Berlin Wall & Checkpoint Charlie.
Something different: Bade Schiff Bathing Ship, Berlin Beer festival, Pergamon Museum Archaeological Museum, Legoland Berlin, Zeiss Planetarium, Bode Byzantine Sculpture Museum.
 
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Kent

Why Go: Garden of England, Easily accessible. Buzzing seaside resort of Margate, Seaside seafood delights of Whitstable, Desolate and beautiful Dungeness.
Must see & do: Eat Kentish Cherries, Try local farmers markets and shops, Wealth of local produce, Visit a vineyard, Water sports, South Foreland Lighthouse Walk, Deal & Sandwich.
Something different: Port Lymphe Wildlife Park, Sissinghurt Gardens and House, Canterbury Cathedral, The Shell Grotto, Broadstairs café culture, Dicken’s House and the beach. 

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Seattle

Why Go: One of America’s most charismatic year round cities. Known to many moviegoers for its skyscrapers and waterfront in Sleepless in Seattle, there’s a new film in town that will gather interest for visits from film buffs. The highly popular ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was set and filmed here. Located close to mountains, lakes and oceans Seattle has something for everyone.
Must see & do: Space Needle, Emerald City, Pacific Science Centre, Skiing, Hiking, Kayaking, EMP Museum, Museum of History & Industry, Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and Capitol Hill.
Something different: Ballard Scandinavian Village, Cascades & Olympic Mountains, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Mt Rainier, Puget Sound, Fremont, Oktoberfest and Seattle Cider Company. Future of Flight Aviation Centre and Boeing Tour.

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River Po

Why Go: River cruising is very moreish and once they’ve cruised the main rivers of Europe people tend to want to seek out other lesser known rivers to explore. Italy’s river Po has always been a well-kept secret to Italians but it’s starting to gain more popularity. Its proximity to Venice makes it an ideal two centre option and the history and scenery of the river is captivating.
Must see & do: Italy’s longest river at 405 miles in length, flowing through the heart of Italy reaching Venice’s Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Passing through some of the country’s most picturesque renaissance towns including Turin, Piacenza, Pavia, Cremona, Mantova and Ferrara.
Something different: Areas known to the Etruscans, Celts and Romans. From a modest source in the mountains, through farmland and bustling modern cities past the winding curves of the Lombard Plains through sedate riverscapes with abundant birdlife.

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Isle of Man

Why Go: To some, the Isle of Man might appear to be having something of a tourism revival but to others in the know it’s always been a well-kept secret. Somewhere to see adrenalin filled motorsports, enjoy coastal seclusion and beautiful beaches, climb peaks and see seven kingdoms. A place with the oldest parliament in the world and which has been separate from the UK mainland for over 8500 years. Must see & do: TT Races, Laxey Wheel, Manx Cats, Douglas, Snaefell, Mountain Biking, Fairy Bridge and Iron Age Forts.
Something different: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Ride a tram, Gaiety Theatre, Spot Basking Sharks, Ride on the Steam Railway. Birthplace of the Bee Gees.

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Faroe Islands 

Why Go: Located between Iceland and Scotland. A collection of 18 isles forming an archipelago.The local sheep tend to outnumber the human inhabitants. Famed for its oft pictured multi-coloured turf roofed houses, the Faroe Isles are a regular stop for Northern Isles cruises and in early 2015 is one of the few places that you can position yourself to see the total solar eclipse.
Must see & do: Torshavn, Waterfalls, Puffins, Wooden churches, Fjords, Southern Islands, Suouroy.
Something different: Abundant bird colonies of Vestmanna cliff & Hoyma Music Festival.

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