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Blog Homepage > Travel Guide #2: 5 Dream Holiday Destinations

17/02/15

There are so many possibilities of where to go on holidays that choosing one can take forever—it’s also totally dependent on your budget, of course! Budget and travel insurance pending, your options are wide-open. We’ve put together a list of five dream places to visit in your life time! While some of these travel destinations are on the expensive side, they’re sure to give you plenty of ideas for your next holiday!

1. Gimmelwald, Switzerland

For a true adventure into the wild, the tiny farming village of Gimmelwald is worth a visit. With only 100 villagers, Gimmelwald will make even the smallest of Irish villages seem massive. It’s also got no roads or hotels, so if you’re looking for a trip free of internet, work, and day-to-day worries, a stay in a B&B in Gimmelwald alongside a quiet hiking trip is perfect to get you back in touch with your primitive self. Take a gondola up to your trail and embark on a truly unique hike.

If that doesn’t sound ideal, there’s always the option of a more conventional week spent skiing in the Alps! Just be sure you’ve got your travel insurance sorted first!

2. Luang Prabang, Laos

The Asian weather is renowned for its unpredictability. Laos, however, is pretty straight-forward: the dry season lasts from October to April, with the wet season kicking in the rest of the year—which makes the early months the perfect time to travel here.

Luang Prabang is probably the hidden treasure on our list. Most people certainly don’t relate late winter or spring with trips to Asia, but it’s absolutely worth it. It’s off-peak season too, so prices are typically cheaper and streets are far less busy. It’s an old city full of heritage and culture with remnants of the Lao Monarchy in royal temples and gorgeous architecture. The atmosphere is laidback and the people are friendly. Plus, if you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven!

3. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of those cities that’s a staple to postcards: the scenery is breathtaking, from the beaches to the coastline on the western seaboard. If you’re in the area, the view from the Cederberg Mountains is unparalleled.

Gorgeous scenery aside, there’s much to see and do in Cape Town, the Rainbow Nation. If you’ve got the time and inclination, Cape Town has the capacity to live up to its name and really offers a diverse set of activities: take a unique vineyard road-trip, check out the indigenous heritage, or soak up the atmosphere on a wildlife safari. There’s also the option of a lazy holiday spent idling on the picture-perfect beaches, if that’s more your style.

4. The Everglades, Florida

Florida is massive! On a holiday in Florida, it’s nearly impossible to experience anything more than a tiny percentage of the Sunshine State. For something a bit different, why not check out the Everglades?

To the uninitiated, the Everglades is a creepy swamp that belongs to folklore. Stretching from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, it’s a fascinating ecosystem where you’ll catch sight of dolphins, eagles, and alligators—as well as all kinds of subtropical flora, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Once you’ve seen the Everglades and want to head back to the more beaten track, Miami’s South Beach or the Florida Keys are a must. For any writers in the audience, Hemingway was a particular fan of Key West, the home of the infamous Spring Break.

Of course, if you’re off on a family holiday, it’s absolutely impossible to avoid Disney World or Universal Studios. For a more conventional Floridian get-away, both are great fun and a trip back to childhood.

5. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is the perfect example of a dream holiday: it’ll take some saving up to be able to afford it, but it’s well worth the trip. Tuscany is the art lover’s dream with more gorgeous paintings, frescoes, and architecture than you’ll have the time to see—which is the one problem with a holiday in Tuscany! With so much to see and do, it’s nearly impossible to fit it all into one trip: there’s Florence and its history, Siena, or Pisa too. And that’s before we mention Lucca or Cortona or any of the other cities of art!

Tuscany exemplifies the idea of a dream holiday and while it can be expensive, the trip is set to be one of a lifetime for culture vultures and art fans.

 

Whether you’re booking a break away to the sun or treating yourself to a city break, with Cornmarket Travel Insurance you can relax on holiday without having to think about things going wrong.

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