London, Paris, New York, Sydney. I think they are all amazing cities, but there is a lot more on offer in the world than the usual destinations. Here are some alternative holiday destinations that are beginning to make their mark. Get there quick before they become too popular!
This island in the Philippines isn’t quite undiscovered, but it is the next best thing. Make sure you check out the amazing Hinatuan River. The waters are crystal clear, and it is a magical spot that is perfect for anyone into snorkeling and diving. Check out this article in the Daily Mail to see what you are missing.
Amazing food, superlative wine, cultural highlights of excellence and a bustling nightlife. What more do you want from a city break? Seville might not have the reputation of Madrid or Barcelona, but it is a beautiful city that begins to warm up during March. I think it’s great for shopping, too, and easy to reach from most major European cities, so it makes for a perfect mini-retreat while you are on a longer vacation.
The Belgian city of Mons is best known for its role in World War I, but a lot has changed since then. This quaint and pretty place has been named as the European City of Culture for 2015, so it is the perfect year to visit. There are plenty of exhibitions and festivals happening – you can find out more here. Mons is also home to the start of the Canal du Centre, which winds its way through most of Belgium. Why not hire a river boat and work your way around? Oh, and if you always thought Belgium has nothing to offer, then my video guide might make you think differently.
Oman is home to one of the world’s most ancient civilisations, and landscapes that have to be seen to be believed. The best way to see it is to take a trip across the hot, sandy deserts with the Bedouin and sleep the night in the open air. What you see above you is a wonder – with virtually no light pollution you will never see a better night sky. Of course, after all, this desert trekking, you might need a freshener. So, trying out a luxury hotel in Oman could be just the ticket!
Cork is Ireland’s second city and has much to offer to rival the capital, Dublin. It’s a cosy and compact city that is – as you can imagine – packed with convivial drinking establishments, but it is also excellent for food. I recommend taking a trip on the River Lee and see the city in all its glory.
In the Chinese province of Sichuan lies an incredible place that is perfect for anyone with good walking feet and an eye for natural beauty. The Jiuzhaigou Valley is huge, and it will probably take a few visits to see everything there is to see. However, wherever you look will be stunning. It’s a vast expanse of mountains, hills, forests and tiny trees, interspersed with some amazing waterfalls and crystal clear water. If you want to see breathtaking beauty, the Jiuzhaigou Valley has it all.