Get ahead with next year’s travel plans with these summer holiday ideas. From laidback beach days in the Sunshine State to family fun in the Algarve, be inspired to go somewhere new in 2020.
Home to some of the world’s most celebrated theme parks, championship golf courses, famous beaches and tropical islands, Florida is a mixed bag when it comes to holidays. It’s nicknamed the Sunshine State for a reason, with scorching temperatures year-round.
Visit Miami in the south, heavily influenced by Latin-American culture for its beaches, nightlife and art deco-inspired architecture. In central Florida, experience the thrills of theme parks like Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando.
The Florida Keys are also a big draw. It consists of over 1, 700 scenic islands popular for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Visit the Lower Keys for wildlife parks and marine sanctuaries and Key West its family entertainment, marinas, bars and restaurants. The Everglades are another must-see for outdoor adventure, where you can go kayaking, explore dense jungle and see the regions alligators.
RAS AL KHAIMAH
You’ll find a different side to the UAE in Ras Al Khaimah, much quieter than its big sister Dubai but still as luxurious. With vast hotel resorts, plenty of excursions and the desert on your doorstep, it’s a holiday full of adventure.
Travel on a journey through time and discover the ancient Dhayah Fort, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Al Jazirah Al Hamra. Experience the desert with a camel ride or desert safari dune buggy ride, and in the spectacular Hajar Mountains, you can enjoy breath-taking views and cooler temperatures. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the world’s longest zip line Jebel Jais Flight.
There are plenty of family-friendly attractions too. From shopping malls and adventure parks, to go karting tracks and golf clubs, Ras Al Khaimah has something for everyone.
Nestled in southern Europe, Malta is a cultural hotspot for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, music festivals and fascinating history. The tiny capital Valletta was named European Capital of Culture in 2018 and is where you’ll find important landmarks and museums.
As well as local events and festivals, Malta hosts some of the biggest international music festivals including Lost and Found, Groovefest and Malta International Jazz Fest. Thanks to its open-air beachside venues, it’s the perfect place to host major events for locals and visitors alike.
Malta isn’t necessarily the place for wide soft sandy beaches, but it does have an inviting coastline of rocky coves and bays. Head to resorts like St Paul’s Bay and St Julian’s for shops, nightlife and pretty promenades. The Blue Lagoon in Comino attracts thousands of visitors each year thanks to its crystal clear waters and inviting temperatures.
Croatia’s hillside southern city is dominated by terracotta roofs and ancient city walls. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik’s pedestrian-only Old Town is steeped in history and interesting things to do.
Visit local café’s, churches, monasteries and more on a walking tour for an insider’s guide. Take a cable car ride from Munt Srđ and take in the amazing views or try kayaking so you can see the Pearl of the Adriatic from a different viewpoint.
Dubrovnik is also a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones, so why not take a guided tour and compare the on screen set to real life?
This region of Turkey is one of the most scenic with a 400-mile stretch of coastline and a backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. It’s nicknamed the Turkish Riviera for being an upmarket destination full of boutique shops, yacht harbours and luxury hotels.
Resorts like Belek are great for golf lovers while Lara Beach is a favourite with those who want relaxed beach days and nightlife. There’s plenty of history too – explore the cobblestone streets of Kaleici, take in the views at the old harbour, or take a day trip Aspendos to see the Roman theatre.
Shopping in Antalya offers a mix of bazaars and boutique shops selling rugs, ceramic bowls, colourful textiles and traditional lanterns. In the popular resort of Side, there’s a Saturday market that is worth visiting for handmade jewellery and Turkish street food.