Long Haul Destinations are on the Rise with British Holiday Makers
If you’ve recently swapped your trip to Turkey, Egypt or Tunisia, in favour of safer waters, you’re not alone. According to a recent article on Travel Mole, due to terrorist activity in popular holiday spots for UK travellers, bookings to Italy, Portugal and Cyprus are on the rise.
As to destinations far and away, Brits are deciding to go further afield, with the pound dropping against the Euro. Not only are long haul trips to many destinations considered ‘safer’ options, in the current climate, they also ensure the pound stretches further.
Here’s a look at some of the exciting destinations, where bookings have reportedly increased.
Renowned for its startling natural beauty, Canada offers a little bit of everything, from mountains, rainforests, beaches and glaciers to cosmopolitan cities and charming towns. If you love skiing, hitting the slopes at Banff during winter is a ‘must do’, as well as spotting bears in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Visit Vancouver for an eclectic music scene and international cuisine, hike the Pacific Rim National Forest, discover all things French in romantic Montreal, take a photo at Niagara Falls and museum-hop in Toronto.
The glamorous west coast of Barbados is home to fancy hotels and fine-dining restaurants, the beaches have something for everyone and the island’s interior is full of lush sugar cane fields. For British travellers, it also offers a splash of home, with cricket greens, Anglican churches and quintessential pubs.
Have a round of golf at numerous courses across the island, surf at Bathsheba Beach, scuba dive at Carlisle Bay for shipwrecks and abundant wildlife, discover Harrison’s Cave and, of course, give the famous local rum a try as the sun sets.
The only problem with Thailand is, how to choose between the wealth of travel opportunities on offer? Tourists flock to the vibrant hub of Patong Beach, in Phuket, for soaking up the sun and partying into the wee hours. You can also take day trips to stunning Phi Phi Island and the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay.
Bangkok is the stop off point for bargain shopping, exotic cuisine and historical treasures, such as The Grand Palace. Explore The Golden Triangle, where the Mekong and Ruak rivers meet, bordering Thailand, Lao and Burma. To discover hill tribe culture, head to the mountainous city of Chiang Mai, home to elaborate temples and intricate arts and crafts.
Sri Lanka is a land of palm-fringed shores, balmy weather, the aqua waters of the Indian Ocean, elephants and rich jungles. The island’s capital, Colombo, offers an insight into a fascinating history, beach towns like Negombo, Beruwala and Bentota are a haven for ocean-lovers, Wilpattu National Park boasts abundant wildlife and the Dutch city of Galle provides a look at colonial living.
Then there’s the famous tea plantations, first introduced by the British, which play a crucial role in the island’s economy and the towering summit of Adam’s Peak, a major pilgrimage site and fantastic photo opportunity. Don’t forget to visit the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya, the Lion Rock of Sri Lanka.