The world may be your oyster as you think about your next trip for 2015, but if you need to narrow down the list, here are our five top suggestions and reasons why this year is the perfect time to visit.
Where? Northern Italy.
Why? The area is playing host to the Expo Milano event from May 1 until the end of October.
How? Travel to Milan with British Airways, staying at the five-star Chateau Monfort in Milan for two nights for £434 per person from May 18. Once there, join around 20 million visitors who are expected to visit the area and explore the World’s Fair event’s theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. No fewer than 130 countries are taking part in this six-month-long global attempt to promote the benefits of healthy living and sustainability. Aside from the Expo, Milan has a multitude of things to make a stay worthwhile, from fantastic shopping and history to stunning scenery and the beautiful Italian Lakes on the doorstep.
Why? According to the Hotel Price Index, the cost of hotel rooms is currently down by an average of 12 per cent in the Pacific paradise.
How? Fly to Denpasar in Bali with Malaysia Airlines through Expedia for around £545 return, heading out on May 14. During your stay, relax on the renowned black sandy beaches, enjoy world-class diving and surfing, explore the jungle and its 10,000 temples or head to Ubud for its spectacular royal palace and the bustle of its traditional market.
Why? Visitor numbers have been steadily increasing over the last four years, and 2015 may be one of the last opportunities you will get to experience its renaissance before it becomes too busy.
How? Book with Expedia and fly and stay for seven nights at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Nashville for £843 a person, travelling on May 14. Nashville is renowned as being the home of country music, and around every corner you will hear it wafting on the air, accompanied by the smell of spicy fried chicken. This is a destination guaranteed to tantalise all of the senses.
Where? Great Barrier Reef.
Why? Flight prices to Cairns have never been more affordable, and package deals are also packing a punch when it comes to value for money.
How? Co-operative Travel is offering a 14-night stay at the Palm Royale Cairns, travelling with Thomas Cook on May 9, for £1275.97 per person. Once there, go diving to see some of the most beautiful tropical fish and coral that the world has to offer. The area is home to the largest coral reef system on the planet, providing over 1,400 miles of sea in which to scuba-dive and snorkel. The reef is home to over 1,000 types of tropical fish, along with reef sharks, dolphins and turtles. Want to keep your feet dry? Explore in a glass-bottomed boat.
Why? Despite being packed full of history and culture, Barcelona is still one of the most affordable places to stay in Europe.
How? Flights from Luton to Barcelona with EasyJet start at just £30.99. Barcelona is the ideal destination for anyone interested in food and art or those who simply want to enjoy the warm climate and a bustling city with beaches on the doorstep. There are too many attractions to mention, but try if you can to see one of the world-famous flamenco shows at the Tablao de Carmen. That’s when you will really know you have arrived in Spain.
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