Who else is looking forward to the summer finally being here? It’s getting warmer and sunnier gradually day by day and week by week, which means that naturally our thoughts are all turning to wherever we’re going to go this summer. Here are some holiday ideas – and some pros and cons that will help you figure out what’s right for your summer break!
A British Break
PROS: Let’s face it, there’s nothing like the traditional British seaside. Not only do you get countless tiny, picturesque villages that you can wander around, but you can also get some of the best ice creams in the world, along with plenty of cream teas that you can stop to enjoy whenever you want. If you really want to relax then a British break might just be for you – you won’t even have to worry too much about the size of your suitcase if you’re driving there!
CONS: If hot sunny weather is really important for you, then let’s face it – the UK might not be your ideal destination. Summer in the UK can be beautiful but the weather can be extremely unpredictable. If you don’t mind that there will likely be at least a few days of chilly wind or rain, this is for you, but if not you’ll want to begin looking further afield.
A Relaxing Cruise
PROS: There’s nothing like a cruise to travel around in style. Visit Bolsover Cruise Club to see a variety of the cruises you could take – you could go to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean for clear blue skies and oceans and some beautiful summer heat and sights, or you could travel down the Yangtze River for a once in a lifetime trip. If you want to see a lot of different places and have everything arranged for you so you don’t have to worry, a cruise is perfect for you. Cruise ships are luxurious and beautiful, and you might just meet some friends for life aboard.
CONS: If you’re a bit of a control freak and you want to decide what you’re doing every day, you might want to travel by yourself instead – some people find it hard to have the structure of their holiday dictated for them and if you think that might be the case with you, you could consider going interrailing instead or perhaps going to a few different Greek islands so that you can visit multiple places under your own steam. I know personally a cruise would annoy the hell out of me since I tend to be quite spontaneous while on holiday and the structure would really ‘kill my vibe’.
A Villa By The Beach
PROS: For true relaxation there’s absolutely nothing like hiring a villa. Take along your nearest and dearest to a villa in Menorca or Greece to fully bask in the sun – you could even hire one with a private pool if you’d like to spend some time relaxing by yourself. Load your Kindle with the latest summer beach reads, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy your daytimes in the sun before frequenting local restaurants for regional fare in the evenings.
CONS: If you tend to get bored easily, this might not be for you – moving around might just be key to your enjoyment of your holiday. If you do decide to rent a villa, make sure you go to visit all the local tourist attractions to keep you busy. Rent a car, and go to water parks, historical sites and local markets – you can find all the necessary information online and keep yourself active perfectly.
A City Break
PROS: There’s nothing better than a city break if you want to get a little culture in your life. Consider which classic cities you’ve never been to – Paris, Madrid, Berlin – and spend a week this summer fully exploring the city of your dreams, complete with museum trips, coach rides around the city, and plenty of trips to the best restaurants so you can sample the best of the local cuisine. City breaks are ideal for people who want to expand their minds and learn about other cultures and places at the same time as relaxing. You can always look at cities close to you if you’re on a bit of a tight budget. Me and Rich recently went to Manchester for a few days and had an absolute blast.
CONS: Cities sometimes aren’t easy places to be in the middle of the summer if you want to walk around a lot – make sure you take plenty of cotton clothing and sunscreen! If you think the heat might overpower you, take an October trip instead. Also, please learn from my mistakes and take a comfortable pair of shoes with you!
A Road Trip
PROS: If you really want to see the world, then a road trip is the best idea for you. Pick your chosen route – a lot of people decide to travel along Route 66, or perhaps down the East Coast of the USA for a perfect American trip. If you’d rather stay in Europe then why not tour around a country like France in the car? Getting to explore all the diverse places in one country is the perfect way to spend a summer.
CONS: Let’s face it, not everyone wants to spend their whole summer stuck in a car…