Holidays are all about spending quality time with your loved ones. There’s no better way to do this than to share new experiences, take in new sights and explore new destinations together. Whether your idea of holiday heaven is lounging by the pool in top hotels around the world, or, if you’d prefer to seek out adventure on holiday such as hiking through the hills in search of picture-perfect views – there are numerous destinations you can discover.
Travel as a family with younger children, as a couple in search of that special something, with friends to let loose, or as a solo traveller to soak up the culture. With beach hacks and our onboard flying secrets, you’ll be fully prepared so, all you have to do is turn up at the airport to begin your 2019 adventure. No matter if you’re planning a city break or in need of one week holiday ideas, our holiday ideas for 2019 guide can help inspire and shape your perfect break away.
Family holiday ideas
With so many sunny destinations to choose from, deciding on just one can be a challenge, especially when you’re wanting to choose somewhere the whole family can enjoy. Take a look at our selection of the best 15 breaks where sun, sea and excitement await for the whole family. The Balearic Islands host a wealth of activities to experience both in and out of the shallow waves, while the golden sandy beaches in Cyprus are perfect for relaxing on. Get caught up in the magic of Orlando Florida or experience all-inclusive luxury in Egypt.
If you’re after something a little different, next year, go off the cuff and choose a holiday activity you wouldn’t normally do. Perfect if you’re travelling with friends or with the family, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten unusual destinations to travel to. Whirling your way to excitement take a toboggan ride down to the city centre of Funchal in Portugal. Explore the white blanket landscape of Finland by dog sledge, or travel down the rolling New Zealand hills in a zorb ball; you’ll be bouncing into next year with a holiday like no other.
Group holiday ideas
Dream about waking up on the sandy shores of these stunning locations across the world. With beaches to suit any occasion, you can surf in the Algarve or find romance in San Sebastian. Bring the family to paddle in the year-round sun in Crete. Snorkel off the shores of the wondrous Pink Beach on Komodo Island, or in the other-worldly colour of the famous Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Even the exotic shores of The Maldives are within reach.
If the sunny, sangria shores of Spain are calling you, check out the captivating atmosphere of the Balearic Islands, from the notorious energy in Ibiza to the rustic appeal of Formentera. Be the first in Spain to catch the sunrise in Menorca and feast in Majorca in its variety of restaurants. Whether you’re travelling with friends, your family or as a couple, you’re bound to find the perfect spring and summer destination in the Balearic Islands.
Make sure you’re well equipped for the pool with these essentials to ensure you and your friends have everything they need for a poolside adventure. From inflatables, pool games and waterproof Bluetooth speakers, you’ll be able to capture all the fun on your phone in the safety of its waterproof pouch.
Couples holiday ideas
For romance or adventure, these unique couple ideas will inspire that, out-of-the-ordinary, couples retreat you’ll remember for a lifetime. From hiking in the natural paradise of the Azores islands in the summertime, to skiing in Bulgaria in the winter, you’ll find unique breaks year round.
For an unforgettable experience, catching sight of the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights is arguably one of the most romantic things you can do. Thankfully, there are several locations where you can witness this spectacle as part of your holiday. Discover the lights eight months of the year on a holiday to Reykjavik where you can also relax in the natural hot springs. The lights are also spectacular in the quirky city of Tromso in Norway, just above the Arctic Circle. Or, head further afield to indulge in the vast countryside of Yukon in northwest Canada.
One of the best things about holidays and travelling is the chance to sample the great cuisine. Sit on a table for two in unique destinations around the world. Taste the fragrant spices in India and the slow-cooked stews in Morocco. Sip on wine and dance in Italian sunshine on a couples retreat oozing with charm and character. Italy is full of romance with each of its fascinating cities offering something unique, such as the rolling vineyards of Tuscany, the volcanic beauty of Sicily, or the picturesque landscape of Lake Garda, which is around a two-hour flight from the UK.
If you’re initially thinking that these ideas are strictly aimed at the younger generation, then think again. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still find adventure wherever you travel to. See one of the seven wonders of the world, or take a ski trip down the sheer slopes in the picturesque resorts in France and Austria. From walking holidays in Italy and Portugal to the Art Deco designed beaches in Miami, you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. Tailor your holiday to suit you by taking inspiration from our holiday ideas for couples over 50.
Solo holiday ideas
Take the leap and start planning your solo adventure into sprawling cities, exotic lands and on to the open roads of America. Although it may seem like a daunting thing to do, visiting a different country as a solo traveller is one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in a new culture. Discover the wonders of solo travel here, which is ideal if you’re after two week holiday ideas.
Meet people from all walks of life and take in the unforgettable sights that you might miss if you were to travel in a group. With varied flight times, travel the distance to the azure seas of Bali where its serene landscape and spiritual heritage awaits. Explore the stunning temples and natural wonders of Thailand with its unique contrast of bustling cities, such as Bangkok and its lush nature of Khao Lak. Or, if you don’t fancy the long flight on your own, travel shorter distances to see the contemporary design culture in Denmark or the idyllic scenery in Ireland.
Year-round city breaks ideas
With plenty of alluring destinations to visit across the world, take your breaks in bite size portions with a trip to a new city you’ve yet to uncover. A city break gives you the chance to experience a short burst of excitement as you take a snapshot of a new place when you visit some of the world’s most iconic monuments and attractions. Visit the curiosities of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, see the ancient architecture in Italy’s capital and discover the art scene and cosmopolitan nightlife in Porto.
Take your holiday in the EU to a whole new level and visit during iconic annual events. Get caught up in the chaos of the world’s biggest food fight during La Tomatina, in Bunol near Valencia in Spain. Ablaze with orange decor and costumes, take to the streets, and to the canals, and party all night during King’s Day in Amsterdam. Embrace the German Bavarian culture during the roaring Oktoberfest where parades, traditional ceremonies and of course, lots of steins, takes over Munich.
Looking further into the new year, spend your December visiting one of the festive Christmas markets in Europe. From the hearty food, mulled wine and warming cider in Germany to the bright lights of London’s Winter Wonderland. Cosy up and venture into the maze of stalls in Austria and Switzerland where its picturesque setting can provide the romantic backdrop. The exciting atmosphere is great with friends and the child-friendly activities are great to bring the family.
Land in exotic destinations across the world, where you can experience something new, dine on delicious local cuisine and take in the fascinating cultures. With so many destinations to choose from, enjoy taking the time searching for your ultimate holiday for 2019.