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Our wanderlust is growing by the day and we can't wait for 2021. It’s never too early to book, so have a look at our travel trends for next year and see what tickles your fancy. We’ve got something for everyone, whether you want an eco-friendly holiday, an island escape, a foodie hot spot or something in between.

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If you're a culture vulture

Hurghada, Egypt

Take a trip back in time

Lying on the Red Sea, Hurghada has all the beach and nightlife you could want for a holiday but with the pyramids and the city of Luxor within easy reach, it's also perfect for soaking up the culture of Ancient Egypt. Luxor is often described as the world's greatest open-air museum, a place where ancient monuments are majestically grand while the River Nile divides the old and new town as it meanders lazily through the valley.

When to go

The best time to visit Hurghada is during the winter months of September to April. The weather will be warm and dry with just a gentle breeze.

Why you should go

As well as taking trips to the sites of Ancient Egypt, join a quad-bike or camel-back tour.

Other must-sees

The uninhabited island of Giftun is just a short boat trip away. Here you can laze on white sands or snorkel among colourful coral gardens. Younger holidaymakers will enjoy the Hurghada Grand Aquarium.


Tel Aviv, Israel

Cultural and cosmopolitan

Tel Aviv is the beating heart of Israel where life revolves around the beach during the day and socialising with friends and family until late in the evening. It's also a trending destination for highbrow culture. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has an extensive collection of Israeli masterpieces as well as paintings by Picasso and Pollock while street art flourishes in the hip quarter of Florentin.

When to go

Enjoy the outdoor life from March through to mid-September.

Why you should go

It's creative, cosmopolitan and classy with a little touch of Bohemia thrown in. 

Other must-sees

The White City, an iconic Bauhaus building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby, the biblical city of Jaffa is home to independent art galleries as well as a large flea market, all perfect for browsing. 


Elefsina, Greece

European Culture Capital 2021

As the European Culture Capital of 2021, Elefsina is looking forward to a year of culture and creativity with plenty going on to entice visitors. The themes of sustainability, culture and nature will be explored throughout the year, so there will be lots of interesting things to do, see and learn. For those interested in history and archaeology, make sure to add the Archaeological Museum of Eleusis to your list. Bear in mind that the municipality is quite small, so you might want to make it a day trip, or a 2-day trip and spend longer in Athens, which is just half an hour away and has the perfect combination of history, art and fine, fine food.

When to go

May and October offer the best temperatures for those chasing the sun.

Why you should go

Even without being the Culture Capital of Europe, Elefsina is steeped in fascinating ancient greek history that makes it well worth a visit.

Other must-sees

Elefsina Beach – after a long day of sightseeing, a relaxing wade in the water will do you good.

Sustainable travel

Copenhagen

It's not hard to see why Copenhagen came top in our eco-tourism rankings – it's green, clean and very cycle-friendly. Visitors can rent bikes all over the city and take to the sprawling cycle paths. This is a great way to explore different districts, including Freetown Christiania, a car-free area and commune since the 1970s. Copenhagen is also well-known for using organic and locally-sourced produce, served in some of the world's top restaurants as well as at casual street food stalls. Markets like Torvehallerne are the perfect place to try new Danish delicacies.

When to go

From April to August the city is at its most vibrant – you'll find clear skies, parks in bloom and outdoor attractions open.

Why you should go

Scandi architecture, culture and history, all criss-crossed by canals. The colourful waterfront townhouses in Nyhavn epitomise this city's friendly vibes.

Other must-sees

Tivoli Gardens, an open-air amusement park with traditional fairground rides, is a fun day out for all ages.


Stockholm

The Swedish capital was awarded the first European Green Capital Award in 2010 and continues to lead the way for eco-friendly living. The lakeside area of Hammarby Sjöstad has undergone major redevelopment in recent years to become a model for sustainability. The city is equally proud of its history, seen in the preserved medieval architecture of the old town, Gamla Stan. There are plenty of museums and palaces to explore, but for sightseeing in the fresh air, visit The Millesgarden – an outdoor art museum and sculpture park on the island of Lidingö.

When to go

In the summer months, when the days are long and temperatures mild.

Why you should go

The Royal National City Park covers more than six miles of Stockholm and is home to wildlife, sport facilities, museums, theatres and an amusement park.

Other must-sees

The Vasa Museum of maritime history displays a full-size warship from the 17th century, restored after sinking in Stockholm bay on its maiden voyage.


Amsterdam

When we rated eco city breaks, Amsterdam came joint first, scoring particularly high for its environmentally-friendly transport options. With more bikes than people, it's another city made for cyclists - although it's also easy to walk around, or enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the canals. Stop by the famous Bloemenmarkt flower market and explore De 9 Straatjes (9 streets), home to cool shops, restaurants and bars as well as Anne Frank's House, a must-visit for many tourists.

When to go

Amsterdam is a beautiful city in the winter snow, but take a trip in late March or April to see the famous tulips come into bloom.

Why you should go

By bike or on foot, make your way to Museum Square where you'll find an abundance of art and history in the Van Gogh Museum, Rijkmuseum, Stedelijk and more. 

Other must-sees

Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and a beautiful, tranquil place to spend an afternoon among the greenery.

Domestic gems

Glasgow

We like to think of Glasgow as Edinburgh’s edgy older brother. It's bigger, has fewer tourists, has a great art and music scene and just feels so damn cool. For lovers of art, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery is an absolute must, as is the iconic Gallery of Modern Art. If you’re a music buff, you’ll definitely want to see this vibrant, trailblazing city in all its glory. As a UNESCO City of Music, it certainly won’t disappoint. While you’re in Glasgow, you should also eat as the Scottish do. That means in addition to haggis, cranachan, black pudding and the rest of it, you have to try the chicken tikka masala, which believe it or not, is claimed to have been invented in good old Glasgow.

When to go

For the most reliable weather, visit between June and August 

Why you should go

With impressive art and a growing foodie scene, Glasgow is a city that never fails to thrill.

Other must-sees

For a little bit of greenery and fresh air, we love the Botanic Gardens and Glasgow Green.


Bristol

Believe the buzz. This colourful, bustling city has a lot to offer. Consistently ranking as one of the greenest cities in the UK, Bristol is a literal breath of fresh air. With world-class street art, a great foodie scene and beautiful green space, what more can you ask for on your next staycation? As you may know, one of the most famous street artists in the world, Banksy was born in Bristol, so you can get a glimpse of some of his best work in this city. Once you’re done with this, we recommend wandering through the beautifully quaint Clifton Village and then settling down on Brandon Hill to get a great view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you’re after something a bit different visit the university’s botanical gardens (complete with an entire glasshouse dedicated to cacti) or find the best beaches in the area (Clevedon Beach is one of our favourites). 

When to go

Our favourite month to go is August, when Bristol hosts Europe’s biggest hot air balloon event, but we also love visiting in the spring, when the city is peaceful and the flowers start to bloom.

Why you should go

Bristol offers the perfect combination of nature escape and urban life.

Other must-sees

Bristol’s harbourside is a must. In addition to the bars and restaurants, the variety of architecture and old docks make for an interesting walk.


Durham

Durham has a lot going for it –  northern charm, quaint streets and the beautiful River Wear running through it. (It’s also the birthplace of English mustard, in case you were wondering.)
Most impressively, both Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, proving that you don't have to travel far for incredible architecture. Beauty can be right on your doorstep. You won’t find friendlier locals either. Part of the magic of Durham is the atmosphere and the town just exudes kindness.

When to go

If you don’t mind the cold, see the Lumiere Festival in November.

Why you should go

This charming town is a great escape from city life and only a stone’s throw away from Newcastle if it starts to feel too small.

Other must-sees

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, which tells the story of local life throughout history.

Foodie's paradise

Lithuania

A trending food hotspot

Lithuania is a country rich in folklore, language and landscape, a country that is shooting up the lists of city break destinations. Destinations that include the capital Vilnius as well as Kaunas, Trakai and Kupiškis. It's also a country of cold winters that have led to a hearty yet tasty cuisine based on local produce and foraging. It's definitely trending as a foodie destination.

When to go

The short Baltic summer runs from June to August but May and September are still perfectly comfortable for sightseeing. Whenever you go, pack your waterproofs.

Why you should go

The colourful doors and facades of Vilnius hide quirky pubs and bars as well as romantic restaurants.

What to eat

A classic is cepelinai, a big potato dumpling full of meat and served with sour cream and crispy bacon. We also like šaltibarščiai, a soup of minced beets, dill and cucumber topped with a hard-boiled egg.


Portugal

Cuisine from north to south

Lisbon has long been a foodie destination with its fresh sardines and bacalhau or salt-cod dishes, but the food culture of Porto in the north and the Algarve in the south shouldn't be overlooked. Top of the list in Porto must be the 'francesinha', a homage to cheese on toast with added ham and sauces of tomato and beer that are closely guarded secrets. All finished with a fried egg! A favourite in the Algarve is chouriço, a spicy sausage marinated in herbs, wine and hot red peppers which is typically flame-grilled at the table.

When to go

From June until mid-September, Porto's weather is perfect for both beaches and sightseeing while the Algarve is a year-round destination with very hot summers.

Why you should go

Take a tour of a port cellar in Porto or enjoy birdwatching and watersports in the Algarve.

What to eat

Custard tarts are a delicacy all over Portugal while Bolinhos de Bacalhau (salt-cod fishcakes) are a great Porto dish. A signature Algarve meal is Conquilhas a Algarvia, clams cooked with onions, garlic and sausage.


Spain

Tapas, pinxtos, sobremesa. Foodie culture is almost synonymous with Spanish culture. Wherever you choose to go in Spain, you certainly won’t go hungry. Granada, Valencia and Barcelona are some of the best foodie spots in the world. San Sebastián really takes the crown though. With more Michelin star restaurants than days of the week, this small town in the Basque Country takes food very seriously and you will not be disappointed by the top-quality dishes on your trip. Make sure you try the delicious brocheta de gambas (tender prawns on a skewer) and mouth-watering bacalao al pil pil (spicy cod with mayo) – the seafood in this region is particularly delightful.  

When to go

Between June and September for the best chances of sunshine.

Why you should go

Sea. Food. Seafood.

What to eat

In addition to the seafood (that we can't recommend enough), we also insist that you try these desserts: etxeko biskotxa (pastel vasco) and pantxineta.

Destinations for nature lovers

Montenegro

A small country with big nature

Montenegro is a small country, less than 200 miles from tip to toe, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to nature. You don't have to go far from the busy beaches to be in the mountain ranges of Durmitor and Prokletije or the Biogradska Gora forest. Go wild on foot, horseback, bicycle or kayak and while they're not easy to spot, there are plenty of wolves and bears lurking.

When to go

Warm, dry weather and the crowds arrive in July and August so to really appreciate the wilderness travel in May, June, September and October. You can ski from November to April.

Why you should go

Montenegro has all the beauty and history of Croatia but is less-known so still very affordable.

Other must-sees

The Ostrog Monastery hugs a cliff-face above the Zeta Valley while navigating the impressive city walls of Kotor is not for the faint-hearted.


Costa Rica

A 'rich coast' of diversity

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is home to half a million or more species making it a heavenly holiday destination for nature lovers. It is also a world leader in sustainable tourism and a place where at least a quarter of its natural habitat is protected. A few wildlife examples to look out for are macaws and toucans, sloths and caimans, capuchins, sharks and whales.

When to go

Costa Rica can be visited from November through to July. Avoid August to October when heavy rains shut roads and many attractions close.

Why you should go

Costa Rica leads the world in trends whether its cuisine to daredevil activities or nature protection to green energy.

Other must-sees

The Teatro Nacional and the Gold Museum in the capital, San Jose and the Cortes Waterfall in Bagaces.


Iceland

Iceland has built up a reputation as one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and with hot springs, fjords, volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls, you can’t ask for a better nature escape. On top of that, you have the northern lights, some great national parks and an interesting viking history. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world, and aiming to be carbon neutral by 2040. As if you needed any more reasons to go! Iceland is truly one of a kind, offering every natural attraction possible, as well as a cooler climate for those that don’t want to be sweltering in the sun. 

When to go

Between February and March or September and October if you want to get a good look at the Northern Lights.

Why you should go

When it comes to natural beauty, you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere better.

Other must-sees

For hikers, the Skaftafell Nature Reserve is the perfect destination. It’s the largest nature reserve in Europe and you’ll find everything from glaciers to volcanoes to black sand deserts.

Island getaways

Bali

Beautiful beaches of pure white and volcanic black sand are just the tip of the peninsula for this tropical island where you'll also find rugged mountains, impressive waterfalls and ancient temples. Indonesia is the most chilled-out country, according to our world ranking, and away from some of Bali’s busier resorts you'll discover secluded nature retreats for yoga or meditation practice. There's also more extreme sports on offer, from surfing and diving to white water rafting.  

When to go

Travel either side of the rainy season, between October and March, and you'll find it dry but not humid with temperatures in the low-30s.

Why you should go

To explore the island's coastline, greenlands and waterways all in one trip.

Other must-sees

Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls - a short walk through the jungle and you'll be met by this majestic natural wonder.


Maldives

The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. This makes it the perfect spot for underwater explorers. Dive, swim or snorkel among tropical fish, turtles, manta rays and colourful coral. Equally picturesque above the water, where white sand stretches for miles. Try an island-hopping tour for the chance to see a range of postcard-perfect beaches. 

When to go

Warm temperatures, around 30°C all year round, make this a great escape for anyone in need of some winter sun.

Why you should go

Adventure-seekers will find plenty to keep busy, but no-one will judge you for just lying back on your sun lounger with an ice-cold drink. And relax...

Other must-sees

For a real taste of traditional island life, head out on a fishing boat and catch your own dinner, then enjoy a beach barbecue.


Sicily

The largest of the Mediterranean islands, with wonderful, varied scenery and architecture, it's no wonder Sicily has become the star of many classic Italian films. In the capital, Palermo, you'll find endless history and culture - but head inland to discover untouched landscapes and natural beauty, not least in the national parks. Of course, there's also plentiful beaches, framed by dramatic coastlines and azure seas. 

When to go

Perfect for a sunny summer holiday but after the peak-season crowds have left, the weather is still pleasant enough for walking and sightseeing into early autumn.

Why you should go

For the chance to reach the summit of Europe's tallest active volcano, Mount Etna.

Other must-sees

The sumptuous ruins of the Villa Romana del Casale in Central Sicily and the well-preserved Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

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