If you are anything like me, the dark mornings and cold days have me daydreaming about my next sunny adventure. Don’t get me wrong; I do love the feeling of a cosy Netflix series marathon on a dreary, grey Sunday, but the slight addiction we have with booking trips always creeps in when we least expect it (I blame Mase!). Let’s face it, nothing beats the feeling of booking your next holiday and having something new to look forward to.

So, with that in mind I’ve pulled together a list of some destinations that we have loved and we hope, if you decide to visit them, you’ll love them too. You can thank us later!

Sun, Sand & Sea Seekers

Cannes, France

Not an obvious choice, I know, but Cannes on the French Riviera has a lot to offer if you like to enjoy relaxing in the sunshine – a popular beach-front, good food and an opportunity to explore a picturesque coastal town. Rent an umbrella & deckchair and relax on one of the public beaches that Plage de la Croisette has to offer. If you don’t mind spending a bit extra there are a number of hotel and private beaches, where you can enjoy lunch whilst taking in the beautiful views of the island, Ile des Lerins. For those who like a more relaxed vibe (read: less crowd, easy-going) head to Plage du Midi which is only a 10-15 minute walk away.

Other Points of Interest: Rue d’Antibes for chic boutique shopping. Explore the charming cobbled lanes of the old quarter, Le Suquet. Take in the glamour of the Palais des Festivals, which hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival.

When to Visit: June & September are warm, but more pleasant than the height of summer where it can get extremely crowded. Use HotelsCombined to search and compare the best Cannes hotel deals from Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com and more!

Vieux Port de Cannes - Yachts on the Harbour
Vieux Port de Cannes – Yachts on the Harbour
Plage du Midi - The Perfect Beach for Relaxation and Less Busy Beach Dining
Plage du Midi – The Perfect Beach for Relaxation and Less Busy Beach Dining
Plage de la Croisette - With the Famous Carlton Hotel in the Distance
Plage de la Croisette – With the Famous Carlton Hotel in the Distance

Adrenaline Junkies

Jaco, Costa Rica

If you relish in the idea of activities that get your adrenaline pumping, then Jaco (pronounced hack-oh) is the place for you. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the bravest person when it comes to the more “extreme” activities, but even I was able to enjoy a tour or two. We both absolutely loved the zip line tour in the rainforest and enjoyed spotting wildlife on the walking trail through Manuel Antonio National Park. Mase became quite the surfing pro (nearly!) and enjoyed the surfing lesson, which he booked directly on Jaco Beach (www.jacosurfschool.com). To crank it up a notch, those of you who laugh in the face of danger can book the many other tours available including waterfall/climbing tours, white water rafting or even the various rainforest adventure tours on offer.

Other Points of Interest: Of course Jaco Beach, the perfect location to be a beach-bum. Jaco comes alive at night so if you like to dance check out the reggae bars such as Monkey Bar – popular with locals and tourists alike in the centre of town.

When to Visit: Costa Rica is warm all year-round, however the best time to visit would be in the dry season, which is January-April. Bear in mind that “dry” does not mean there will be no rain at all especially when it comes to tropical countries like Costa Rica! Use HotelsCombined to search and compare the best Jaco hotel deals from Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com and more!

Jaco Beach - With its Lush and Tropical Surroundings - Costa Rica
Jaco Beach – With its Lush and Tropical Surroundings
Really Colourful Insects that we Spotted in Manuel Antonio National Park - Costa Rica
Really Colourful Insects that we Spotted in Manuel Antonio National Park
Me (Nat) Zip-Lining Across a Costa Rican Rainforest
Me Zip-Lining Across a Costa Rican Rainforest
Mase's First Time on a Surf Board - A Great Surfing Lesson with Jaco Surf School
Mase’s First Time on a Surf Board – An Enjoyable Surfing Lesson with Jaco Surf School

Cash Savvy

Side, Turkey

You really get a bang for your buck when you visit Side (pronounced see-day) in Antalya, Turkey. Not only is there the attraction of the golden beaches, where you can swim & relax all day until the beautiful sunset but there are also a number of historical ruins that are fantastic to explore.  We really enjoyed visiting the Greek Amphitheatre and also taking some stunning pics of the ruins of the Apollo Temple as the sun was setting.

Other Points of Interest: Take a Green Canyon boat ride for a relaxing tour with beautiful scenery.   Don’t leave Side without sampling some traditional Turkish food. You are spoilt for choice when in comes to restaurants in town so we always ask our hotel concierge for recommendations.

When to Visit: Side is warm and has the most sunshine from June-September. If you are a keen swimmer we would definitely recommend July & August when the sea is at its warmest. Use HotelsCombined to search and compare the best Side hotel deals from Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com and more!

A Beautiful Sunset on the West Beach in Side, Turkey
A Beautiful Sunset on the West Beach in Side, Turkey
Me (Nat) Waving a Flag at the Temple of Apollon - Side, Turkey
Me Happily Waving a Flag (?!) at the Temple of Apollon :)
Cruising Through Green Canyon & The Taurus Mountains - Manavgat, Turkey
Cruising Through Green Canyon & The Taurus Mountains – Manavgat, Turkey
Me (Nat) Exploring the Ruins of the Greek Amphitheatre in Side, Turkey
Me Exploring the Ruins of the Greek Amphitheatre in Side

Want to Splurge….? I had to add this as there’s nothing like spoiling yourself especially when it comes to a well-earned holiday! Some of the places we’ve spent a little extra on and it was completely worth it include… Bali & Lombok (Indonesia), Honolulu (Hawaii, USA) and the Amalfi Coast (Italy)

I hope this has helped you if you were looking for holiday ideas and inspiration. Happy booking!

 

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  1. Fantastic and sharp. Informative and concise. Emotional and ready to scroll down to see the next journeys story. Pictures are great and the locations are popular. God willing this will be version explosion🙏🏿🙏🏿😀😀😀😀

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