The best international destinations for your summer holiday
The holidays are drawing near, so if you’ve not yet sorted your travel plans for this summer, now’s the time to do it. With so many incredible destinations to choose from, the only tricky bit will be deciding where to go. Here’s some inspiration to get you in the mood for jetting off this summer.
Best for culture: Rome, Italy
You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere with more culture packed into it than Rome, Italy’s fabulous capital city. Bursting at the seams with Roman archaeology, not least the celebrated Colosseum, Rome has enough to keep even the most seasoned culture vulture occupied for a lifetime. In the heat of the midday sun, seek refuge in a fascinating ancient church such as Santa Maria Maggiore, or explore the incredible collections in the Vatican Museums. Need a rest? Just head to a local wine bar for a glass of Prosecco, gorge yourself on pizza in a traditional trattoria or sample the ice cream at one of the city’s famous gelaterias.
Best for families: Orlando, Florida
With Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland, SeaWorld and a whole load more enormous theme parks, it’s not hard to see why Orlando in Florida continues to be a mecca for families. Whether you’re meeting Mickey or stepping into Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is full of magic for kids and grown-ups alike. If theme parks aren’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to do in the surrounding area; drive up to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center or take an exhilarating airboat ride over the swamps and see how many alligators you can spot.
Best for nature: Iceland
Just shy of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a small island nation renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Visiting in summer, you’ll notice that it hardly gets dark, giving you long days to devote to experiencing Iceland’s stark splendour. Hike in Thingvellir National Park to see the meeting of two continents, and see the Strokkur geyser erupt at Geysir. Iceland’s many breathtaking waterfalls and volcanoes add to its glory; Gullfoss and Skogafoss are two of the best-known falls, while you might recognise Eyjafjallajökull as the volcano whose ash caused flight chaos across Europe in 2010. Add whales and puffins and you have the perfect destination for a nature-themed holiday.
Best for something a bit different: Japan
If you’re looking for a more unusual holiday this summer, Japan is a great choice. Its seasons are similar to the UK’s, but the culture could hardly be more different. Whether you’re exploring the neon-lit electronics quarter of Tokyo or catching a glimpse of geisha in Kyoto, a holiday in Japan is full of variety and contrast. Travel between cities on the iconic white bullet train, looking out for the symmetrical volcanic cone of Mount Fuji, and try a different restaurant each night to discover that there’s more to Japanese cuisine than sushi.
To get your holiday off to a great start, don’t forget to hire a chauffeur for your airport transfers so that you know you’ll get to the airport in comfort and on time.