Travel Inspo: Wanderlust-Filled Weekends

If you love to travel, it may be tough for you to imagine a better way to spend a weekend than getting in the car or jumping on a plane and heading off for a short break. Travelling has so many benefits, and it’s a wonderful way to spend time with people you love. If you’re up for an adventure in the coming weeks or months, here are some wanderlust-filled weekends to get you thinking.

The Cultural Experience

If you love nothing more than touring museums, marvelling at masterpieces or immersing yourself in a different culture, there’s no better way to spend a weekend than booking a city break. Tailor your choice to your interests and passions. If you love history, head to Rome or Athens. If you’re a fan of art, discover the city of love, Paris or the Spanish capital, Madrid. If you’re keen to indulge your taste buds, make for Copenhagen or Bologna. Do some reading before you go, and draw up a rough itinerary, so you don’t miss anything.

The Nostalgic Retreat

If you’re looking for a date idea that’s guaranteed to impress, why not travel back in time and revisit some places that hold sentimental value? Book a bed and breakfast in Blackpool and lark around at the funfair like you did when you were teenagers. Go back to Central Park and relive the moment you got engaged. Make reservations at the hotel you visited on your first holiday together in Spain. Think about places that have special meaning to you, and try and make the break a surprise for added impact (and more Brownie points!)

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The Stress-Free Beach Break

Sometimes, you just need to get away and do nothing for a few days. Even though we tend to spend a week or two at the beach, it is possible to get great deals on shorter seaside breaks. If you can stretch to 3 or 4 nights, the Balearic Islands are a fabulous option.

The Trendy City Break

If you’re a seasoned traveller, there’s every chance that you’ve ticked the big-hitters off your list. You may have been to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, so how about embracing new travel trends and going to some emerging destinations? This year, cities like Lisbon, Riga, Dubrovnik, Oslo, and Helsinki are making waves.

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The Adventure Weekend

Adventure holidays are an excellent choice for those who want to experience something more than a sun bed and make the most of the surrounding environment. Hit the slopes in Verbier or Tignes or get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile safari in Iceland or Finland. Go hiking in Austria or get on your bike in the Yorkshire Dales.

Many of us live for the weekends. When you’re working hard, it’s always good to have something to look forward to, and if you’re a victim of wanderlust, there’s nothing better than the promise of a couple of days away at the end of a tiring week. If you’re a travel fan, hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration to celebrate the weekends in style.

Paradise Islands: Caribbean Destinations To Tempt Your Wanderlust

You know what you’re getting with a Caribbean holiday. There are varying reasons why it is the kind of thing that people fantasise about if they were one day to win the lottery. The area is geographically blessed in a way few others are. Plenty of sun, gorgeous clean beaches and a relaxed vibe that practically forbids you from feeling stressed. Overall, it’s a dream vacation.

On the other hand, maybe that’s underselling it. “You know what you’re getting” – or do you? There are so many islands in the Caribbean – as this top 25 shows, by going to the classic destinations you’re just scratching the surface. You can choose to visit Jamaica or Barbados, and you’ll never be disappointed. But there is so much variety here that if you want to try something different, you’re not going to be disappointed.

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The Classics: Jamaica, Barbados, and The Bahamas

If you want to spend your days sunning yourself on a beach, afternoons walking among the palms and charming old towns, and your evenings in a range of top-line bars and restaurants, then you won’t go far wrong in any of these destinations.

Jamaica offers exceptional luxury in the form of Montego Bay, as well as noted tourist spots like Nine Mile (the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley). In Barbados, you can choose between the millionaires’ paradise resorts or kick it with backpackers. Any traveller will insist, though, that you sample the delicious seafood the island is famed for. Or hop to the Bahamas to experience a range of delights that will meet your needs, from sightseeing to beach sports.

The Nature Lover’s Dream: Cayman Islands, Curacao, and US Virgin Islands

Due to the position of the Caribbean islands, there is never going to be a shortage of sights for the nature lover. No matter where you go, there is wildlife to be found. However, these three options are some of the best.

Take a dive off the coast of the Caymans to see some of the world’s most endangered species. You can experience the conservation work that is being done to keep the wonderful green turtles alive. On Curacao, the Shete Boka national park is home to many species (and the colourful Dutch houses on the island are also a delight). Then a skip to the US Virgin Islands allows you to hike through the verdant mangrove forests – well worth your time.

The Luxury Spots: St Barts, St Martin, and Aruba

There’s no mystery as to why so many millionaires retire to the Caribbean. The clean air, sea breezes and relaxed atmosphere are so prevalent that you can actually feel your spirits lifting the moment you touch down.

This is particularly obvious in spots like St. Barts, where platinum-selling pop stars rub shoulders with oil billionaires (come at the right time, and you may see Beyonce and Jay-Z, or Gwen Stefani). St Martin attracts fewer celebrities, but if your wallet feels a little too small for your fifties you can spend a few in its luxury duty-free stores. Meanwhile, on Aruba, you can relax in the still heat that makes the beaches a relaxing paradise on more than 300 days of each year.

Where will you go in the Caribbean?