Part of loving office life is loving the annual leave that comes with it. It gives you time to refresh and time to explore new places, meet new people and experience new cultures. That’s why, when we’re all feeling a little bit blue after Christmas, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 destinations we think you should visit this year. There a little bit different to what you may have thought of before, but all equally worth researching for your next holiday.
What’s more, by thinking about your annual leave now, you’re giving yourself plenty of time to do your research and find just the right kind of break. Also, by booking early, you might save yourself hundreds of pounds – more spending money to take with you on your adventures.
If you can’t get enough Scandi drama, set yourself up with a thriller in the Danish city of Aarhus: it’s the European capital of culture for 2017. Think Vikings, Hans Christian Andersen and smorrebrod open sandwiches. Walk through the 18th-century village of Mollestien or browse and buy in the classy shops. Plus the calendar’s packed with festivals and events celebrating the city’s status.
This Central American country has a rich, mixed history, with ancient Mayan ruins and wonderful marine life. Its Great Blue Hole attracts scuba divers exploring submarine caverns lined with stalactites. It’s still a place where travellers can discover what nobody else has – in 2016 archaeologists found an enormous royal tomb dating back to 600AD.
From its picturesque monasteries to mountain villages, Georgia’s culture was shaped by its place on the Silk Road, a meeting point between Europe and Asia. Discover elegant Art Nouveau architecture and Orthodox churches in the capital Tbilisi, and have a dip in the city’s hot sulphur baths. Best of all, Georgians have been making wine for 8,000 years. That’s definitely an old-world tipple.
Home to both the Kalahari and Namib deserts, Namibia offers plenty for adrenaline junkies and those who hanker for the great outdoors. Try paragliding on some of the highest sand dunes in the world, or have a go at kitesurfing and side boarding. Take a safari to see black rhinos; you may come upon an elephant and a cheetah or two – all making their home in the desert.
This Himalayan kingdom introduced the concept of GNH to a world obsessed with GDP. What’s GNH? Gross National Happiness – not surprising for a country that legend says was founded by a Buddhist monk. Bhutan takes a holistic approach to prosperity – and you can find peace and wellbeing at a mountain retreat here. If you want to see spectacular views on your search for mindfulness, visit Bhutan.
So what will you choose for your next holiday? Will it be one of these destinations?
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