The new year is now well and truly upon us and all travel-minded folk are together in their hope that 2021 will be a much better 12 month period for holidays than the last one.
Some might be using it as an opportunity to reschedule postponed or cancelled trips from last year, though others may be looking to reinvent their travels and try something a little different from their usual norm.
If that sounds like you, you’re sure to find a variant of break that takes your fancy in this list of 21 holiday types you could enjoy in 2021…
Disclaimer: This guide is intended purely for inspiration. Please always check the UK government’s latest advice for individual destinations both on these shores and overseas and travelling in general before attempting to do so and also make sure you are aware of local safety guidelines when visiting different countries.
Of course the classic type of trip for UK holidaymakers is a flop and drop beach break, and why should 2021 be any different? From nearby favourites such as Crete and the Canaries to destinations further away including Mexico or the Maldives, you’re sure to find your happy place along a stretch of sea and sand somewhere around the world.
The more intrigued traveller may be more partial to seeing the sights in a super-cool city, perhaps somewhere in Europe or even off the continent. Whether it’s a Christmas market break or just a summer weekend away you prefer, there is always a pretty city out there just waiting to be explored.
If seeing the sights doesn’t sound like your bag, why not mix things up a bit and see the…..sea! Cruise holidays have grown in popularity over the years, with many companies releasing mega ships featuring loads of activities and attractions, whilst also visiting countless dreamy holiday spots across the globe. It’s a great way to tick several places off your list all in one go too.
If an adrenaline-filled trip is exactly what the doctor ordered this year, head to the slopes for a ski trip that’s certain to satisfy your thrill-seeking side. There are various brilliant resorts across Europe in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the like, whilst other longer haul destinations in the USA for example provide a different kind of experience with all the same superb snowy settings.
You may not always be able to rely on the UK weather, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun! Grab your tent, pick up a disposable barbecue, pack your bags and head to the great British outdoors to witness our countryside in all its glory.
Better yet, combine your camping trip with a hike up hills or mountains to really get your adventurer juices flowing. There are a number of places in Europe with great hiking trails, especially the central and eastern areas including France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Andorra and the like, but don’t rule out Scotland and Wales slightly more closer to home.
Last year might not have been filled with the number of holidays we’d expected, but that could mean you have more to spend on a 2021 break, and why not use that to visit somewhere further afield? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to jet off to South America or Asia, and if so this next 12 months feels like the perfect excuse to just go ahead and do it!
It doesn’t all have to be about the glitz and glamour of a 5* hotel and business class flights. Budget breaks are a great way to get abroad as cheaply as possible for that much-needed rest you need, and also mean you can often enjoy more than one if you’re able to use your cash wisely.
Having said that, after the year we all had in 2020, we deserve to treat ourselves, don’t we? Sometimes it’s nice to pay a little more for extra comfort, better views, nicer food and more magical experiences whether that be whilst enjoying a UK getaway or a trip overseas. It is meant to be a holiday after all!
Some people just can’t get enough of the great outdoors – heading away on holiday with nothing more than a map, enough clothes to last a few weeks and a sense of adventure and that’s exactly what a backpacking trip can provide. South America is our ultimate fave, though the likes of Bali, Thailand and more are also hugely popular backpacking spots for Brits.
The beauty of living in Europe is that the continent is so well connected, which makes interrailing trips so easy to organise and enjoy. Simply head to your first port of call and just jump on a train to the next place when you’re done, taking in the views from outside your window as you go. A very easy and relatively cheap way to experience lots of different countries and cultures in a short space of time.
Perhaps you don’t want to venture too far away from home and are just looking to get away somewhere cosy, with a cup of cocoa in front of the fire on a chilly day. Cottage breaks are a great way to do just that, and with countless located in supreme spots across the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Sometimes you just need to spend a bit of time with your three friends me, myself and I. Why stress yourself with doing or seeing things somebody else wants to do when you can get away on your own and have the holiday you want and deserve? Many people do it, so don’t be afraid to give it a go.
Though of course you can’t forget those that mean the most to you. Your family are your pride and joy, and who better to share the glorious experience of a holiday with? It’s a great way to spend quality time with each other and can even help bring you closer together.
Sometimes you don’t want the noise and busyness of a hotel, and instead crave the blissful peace of a snazzy villa with your own cooking facilities, pool and garden to enjoy all by yourself. It’s basically like being in your own home, except the weather is great, you can take a dip outdoors whenever you like, oh, and you don’t have to get up for work the next morning of course!.
For a quick getaway somewhere local, pick out a UK town or city and book yourself into a hotel, safe in the knowledge that won’t need to get up to make the breakfast or even your own bed in the morning. Depending where you go, you could even combine it with ticking a trip somewhere new off your staycation hitlist too.
Trips to London have always been popular with people up and down the country, but for lovers of the stage, why not include the addition of a West End show to your weekend away? Whether it’s all-time greats such as Les Mis and Wicked, or family faves like Aladdin and Matilda you’re into, there’s sure to be a show to satisfy your musical taste.
It’s probably been a long time since your last holiday, maybe so long that you know of one or two people that popped (or were asked!) the question, in which case you could have a few stag or hen weekends lined up. So why not push for a something abroad, like a city in Europe, a beach spot or even a classic UK trip – either way you know you’ll have a good time as there will be plenty to celebrate.
There’s nothing quite more magical than a Disneyland holiday with all the characters, rides and attractions. It’s super-easy to get to Europe’s over in Paris, or if you want to head further afield, head across the Atlantic to Florida for a type of trip you’re absolutely certain to remember.
This year promises to be one sport-lovers will enjoy, with football’s European Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympic Games rearranged from 2020 and due to take place in the coming months. The Euros will be held in various different countries across the continent and, providing fans are permitted to attend, will offer the perfect opportunity for sport and holiday enthusiasts to book a trip like no other.
Sometimes you can’t beat the calmness and tranquillity that an adults only break ensures, because that’s exactly what a holiday is for! It’s nice to be able to relax without an influx of children running around and the noise of kids’ clubs in the background, giving you the chance to chill out with a drink in hand in peace.
What type of holiday would you most like to enjoy in 2021?
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