These are places you won’t find on your average package holiday, destinations which may not be on everyone’s must visit list nor places you may actually think of visiting. However the Lonely Planet reveals the top 10 most extraordinary places to stay in 2014 may just give you some inspiration to visit somewhere you may not necessarily have visited.
Anchorage is Alaska’s biggest city and one of the most northern major cities on Earth. It is sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, creating a unique environment like no other. It is a beautiful and interesting place to visit year round, but summer is the time to see it at its best.
A sheer delight along with most of the Caribbean Islands with natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches, St Kitts was first discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus and remained inhabited only by some native tribes until the British arrived much later, 1623 in fact. Maybe the original name of the island St Christopher was due to Columbus having first set foot there earlier.
There has been much talk recently regarding recovering medical bills from tourists who are treated here in the UK, but the problem seems to be affecting the increasingly popular venue of Thailand.
It is currently free to enter to the country, but Thai authorities have said they are now considering introducing a fee of around £10 per head. Apparently many tourists are having medical treatment and leaving bills unpaid and this proposed tax is being introduced to pay for visitors’ unpaid medical bills and in the hope of attracting a better “quality” of holidaymaker, according to a spokesman acting on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Public Health and the Royal Thai Police.
Luxury holidays come in all shapes and sizes, and taking a cruise around the Caribbean offers a different perspective for your holiday.
There are more than 500 islands around the Caribbean and a cruise allows you to discover more of the area than simply picking one island and staying there. Most cruises include some of the major islands such as Barbados and Antigua, as well as some of the smaller islands you might not otherwise visit.
Around the world, there are plenty of budget holiday destinations, but unfortunately, we tend to go for the same ones every time – the coasts of Spain, Spanish Islands, Turkey and so on. But due to more availability of flights and economies changing around the world, some destinations have suddenly become cheaper and accessible than they used to be.
One of the most scenic spots in the world, Cape Town offers many romantic activities for couples who prefer to spend their time in the outdoors. The city experiences a Mediterranean climate, which makes the summer months from December to March the best time to visit Cape Town.
Leave rain and wind and snow behind and book one of the latest cruise deals on offer. With just a few clicks the dismal wintry weather of the UK can be just a distant memory. Instead of having to dress up in several layers of woolly clothes, pack the shorts, t-shirts and swimwear and head off to the sun.
Canada is famous for its winter holidays, including those at its legendary ski resorts, such as Whistler and Banff. While these two are considered amongst the best, with good reason, there are also many other ski resorts offering great deals, and with less traffic more skiing fun can be had. It is up to you whether you go in for the big resorts or want more room on the slopes for yourself.
Thailand should be on any discerning tourist’s list of countries to visit. The people are friendly, the food is terrific and the beaches are second to none. Thailand is an enigma: you will love and hate some things at the same time, but you will find yourself constantly being drawn back to the land of sunshine smiles.
Tasmania has some of the finest beaches in the world. Though there are stunning stretches of sand all over the state, some of the best are located down the east coast of the island.