We made it through January, but it definitely wasn’t dry! The days may be getting longer, but it still feels like you need to wear your socks to bed and set your alarm early so you can de-ice your car. If this is your morning routine, you might be dreaming of sunnier climes...
Forget the wet weather and whet your appetite for adventure with our picks on where to go 2019.
From sparkling lights to infamous casinos, you’ll experience the best nights of your life in Sin City. But there’s plenty of fun during the day, too. Check out iconic signs of the past at the Neon Museum, snap the best Insta shots at Red Rock Canyon National Park and enjoy an unforgettable view of The Strip from the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller.
Vietnam is known for its history, incredible food and breathtaking views. In the south, explore the underground Cu Chi Tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. In the north, discover Hanoi’s atmospheric temples and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. For the snappy dressers out there, you can get a tailored suit for as little as £75 just down the coast in Hoi An. Bargain.
Hong Kong is a real mix of Eastern and Western cultures. You’ve got skyscrapers in the heart of the dizzying city and traditional fishing villages right around the corner. It’s a city that never sleeps — the New York of the East. Hit up Lan Kwai Fong for the best nightlife, ranging from stylish wine bars to restaurants with every cuisine imaginable.
Antigua’s home to 365 beaches, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you. Dive into turquoise waters or take a boat trip to Hell’s Gate (I assure you, it’s more beautiful than it sounds). If you’re an adventure-seeker, make sure you do an off-road safari up to Shirley Heights to experience amazing views of the bay and Antigua’s colonial buildings.
Dubai is definitely one of a kind — it’s grown from vast desert to a lively, luxurious city in just a few decades. Stay on man-made Palm Island at Atlantis, The Palm with on-site water park and aquarium. Get lost in Dubai Mall with nearly 1,200 stores and enjoy fantastic experiences like desert dune bashing and afternoon tea at the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
If that wasn’t enough, thrilling rides await at Dubai Parks and Resort, including 40 LEGO® themed attractions and your favourite characters from How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. It’s a must-do for kids!
And if you're wondering how you can get away to one of these places without sacrificing too much annual leave, see our tips for extending your holiday this year.
Aside from writing this blog post, Gosia works as a Marketing Intern at Virgin Holidays. She loves to travel and capture the moments with her old-school film camera. As for travelling, the latest destination she’s been to is Mallorca, but she dreams big so you can find Japan and Iceland on her wish list.