Your Ultimate Travel Bucket List for the Year Ahead

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Make this year one to remember. With January comes the chance to make exciting plans for the year ahead. One of the most enjoyable things to organise for you and your family is a trip away!

The world is your oyster when it comes to holiday destinations thanks to competitive flight prices and accommodation. So how do you begin to choose where to go?

Here are some amazing places to put on your bucket list of destinations this year, with some suggestions on the best time to travel.

An unforgettable experience in India

The Holi Festival of Colours has to be one of the most vibrant and well-recognised festivals worldwide. This ancient Hindu tradition symbolizes the triumph of good over bad and sees locals rejoice by throwing water and colourful powder called gulal. The best place to celebrate Holi is in Delhi but if you have more time to spend in India, why not hop on the train? You can visit the Golden Triangle stopping by Agra (to see the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (the pink city) too.

Best dates to visit: The Holi Festival takes place in late March each year.

Romantic route in The Maldives

Ever wondered where those beautiful white sandy beaches on computer screensavers come from? Chances are, they’re in the Maldives. You’ll need to pinch yourself when taking in the incredible, colourful sunsets in what is one of the top-named bucket list places to visit in the world.

A dream romantic destination, you can do more than relax if it takes your fancy. Snorkel, parasail, dive or surf in the clear, warm waters. Afterwards, unwind with one of their many spa treatments on offer.

Best dates to visit: Between November and April

Close-to-home fun for the entire family in Amsterdam

There’s so much more to Amsterdam than you might think. It’s not just coffee shops and bicycles! Opt to stay in the beautiful and family-friendly De Pijp area, beaming with gorgeous parks and funky brunch hot spots.

It’s also still just a quick (and safe) bike ride away from the bustling city centre where you’ll find the NEMO Science Museum and so much more. You’ll also find lots of spectacular houseboats in the area too, so why not rent one for a truly unforgettable experience?

Best dates to visit: Between March and May, when it’s tulip season and before the very hectic tourist season starts.

Scenery to take Your breath away in Slovenia 

For a country smaller than many of its neighbours, Slovenia certainly fits a vast number of wonderful sights into its borders. This includes ancient bridges, lake towns, caves, castles, cliffs, and a backdrop of mountains straight from a painting. Visit the stunning Lake Bled and take part in some water sports, and venture to the Postojna Caves, which are 24km long and over two million years old. Slovenia is an affordable trip away thanks to the reasonable prices of food, drink, public transport and accommodation.

Best dates to visit: February and March for milder weather, or May to September for dryer, warmer weather that’s ideal for hiking, cycling and walking.

A Tasty Trip to Vietnam

From pho to banh mi and spring rolls to steamboat, Vietnam’s cuisine is nothing short of mouth watering! Head to the markets in Hanoi for some of the best street food the country has to offer. Why not take a cooking class in Hoi An to learn how to incorporate the fresh flavours of lime, chilli, jackfruit and coconut into traditional dishes?

It’s best to take a longer trip to Vietnam, at least two weeks, working your way down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re looking for a welcome culture shock, Vietnam is the place to go!

Best dates to visit: Between June and September, to avoid the rainy season.

Now that we’ve helped you narrow down your choices for the trip of a lifetime, don’t forget to protect your holiday, just in case. Click here for details on our various kinds of travel insurance – with so many options, you can choose a plan, that’s perfect for you.

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