Fed up of Spain? Bored with Portugal? We know everyone’s got their favourites when it comes to jetting off abroad, but sometimes it pays to try something new.
Travelling a little bit further afield doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. In fact if you don’t mind spending a few extra hours on the plane, you can reach destinations where your Great British Pounds will buy you a lot more than they would closer to home.
And if you still need convincing, just think about all the good films you’ll be able to watch on the way.
Flight time from UK: 16 hours
Bali is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. If it’s a peaceful getaway you’re looking for, this is the place for you, as the island has a unique spiritual atmosphere. There are many options though if you do get the urge to venture away from the beach for the day, from Hindu temples and tropical forests to rice paddies and volcanos.
Must-do: Visit the many restaurants or ‘warungs’ at Jimbaran Bay and enjoy chargrilled seafood while watching the sunset.
Flight time from UK: 11.5 hours
There’s something for everyone in Thailand, whether you’re happy sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays or doing a bit of sightseeing. Popular areas of the country include Phuket and Koh Samui, while a trip to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Bangkok is an experience that’s not to be missed as the capital is full of Buddhist temples, vibrant markets, quirky restaurants and so much more.
Must-do: Take a trip to see the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
United Arab Emirates
Flight time from UK: 7 hours
The United Arab Emirates is home to some of the most stylish buildings in the world and holidays here are pretty special. The most popular areas to visit in the country include Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, each offering you something a little different. Temperatures are cooler (still 25˚C) between November and March making it the most comfortable time to visit, although if you do get hot, you can always cool down by visiting Ski Dubai. Other highlights in the country include shopping, museums and plenty of sightseeing.
Must-do: Spend a day at Wild Wadi Water Park, home to more than 30 rides and attractions including Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj.
Flight time from the UK: 9 hours
The United States is obviously huge, meaning there are numerous places to visit, but our favourite destinations include Las Vegas, Miami and Orlando. All three of these popular holiday hotspots will guarantee an experience to remember. Hit the casinos in Vegas, relax on the beaches of Miami or visit some of the amazing theme parks in Orlando.
Must-do: If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure you book a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon for a spectacular day trip.
Flight time from UK: 11 hours
From the lively resort of Cancun on the Caribbean Coast to the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico has become a hugely popular destination for a long haul holiday. You’ll probably spend hours on the beaches here, but you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to day trips. Visit museums such as the National Museum of Anthropology or archaeological sites such as Xcaret. The food here is pretty good too – be sure to try the street food that includes everything from tamales to tacos.
Must-do: Take a dip in the crystal clear cenote at Ik-Kil – just a couple of miles away from Chichen Itza.