As we begin a new year, there is hope that we will be able to travel abroad again. This is largely thanks to the rollout of the two COVID-19 vaccines across the country and parts of the wider world.
While we all tentatively begin to make some holiday plans, it’s worth researching your dream destinations to jet off to. Perhaps you have a special anniversary coming up in 2021 or you have a big birthday to celebrate. Or maybe you’re just longing to get away from it all with the one you love.
Whatever the occasion, here are some inspired destination ideas and top tips to help you get the holiday planning underway.
Before looking at where you’d like to go, it’s worth making sure you’re covered if things don’t go to plan. One way to do this is to choose an ATOL-protected holiday. ATOL is a financial protection scheme run by the Civil Aviation Authority and it offers you a full refund if the travel provider goes bust. To be eligible for this, you’ll need to book a package holiday rather than booking your flights and accommodation separately.
Another way to protect your holiday is to pay for your trip with a credit card. Banks aren’t legally obliged to refund you if something goes wrong, but paying by credit card protects you because the Consumer Credit Act makes card issuers responsible for the delivery of a service as the service provider.
Where to go?
So, where do you want to go? Here are some romantic holiday hotspots to visit:
Vibrant blue waters lap the shores of this captivating island. Famed for its unforgettable sunsets and bright white houses that are dotted along the cliffs, this is a beautiful destination for a romantic getaway.
Tuck into delectable cuisine at one of the many restaurants or head to one of the vineyards where you can sample the finest wines. Alternatively, you can both soak up the culture of this ancient island by touring the historical sites that tell the story of Santorini.
For a dazzling stay, escape to Marrakesh. This is a destination filled with cultural sites and sounds. But there are romantic attractions, too.
Le Jardin Secret is an ancient palace filled with beautiful gardens and stunning structures, while the Musee de la Palmeraie, a small museum and art gallery tucked away from the main stretch, gives you both the chance to enjoy some peaceful time together.
St Tropez, France
While this destination is renowned for being a celebrity favourite, the village of St Tropez has a quieter side. There are cobbled streets to meander along and quieter beaches for you to sit on as you take in the brilliant azure blue of the waters. Head here off-season for a serene stay.
So, start planning now and see where you could go on your romantic escape.