I don’t know about you but I really need to get away from all this.
Fed up of the same four walls day in, day out? Having lengthy ‘team updates’ with the cat? Starting to feel the chill in the air and wishing it was still summer? Me too.
If you’re thinking of making a break for it, I’ve got some ideas to get you started, though of course these are dependent on those fast-changing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. Don’t worry, we’ll help you choose Sunny Heart holidays that you’ll love, based on what’s available at the moment – whether you’re planning ahead or booking last-minute travel for this autumn or winter.
It’s not hot-hot-hot in winter but Cyprus is still mild enough for a relaxing holiday and some heart-warming sunshine. Warmer than at home, at least! If you’re more into sightseeing than sunbathing, I think it could be your perfect Covid escape.
Spend your time exploring Mediterranean beaches, mountain villages, and historical sites like Paphos Castle and the Tombs of the Kings.
An exotic all-year destination that’s perfect for a complete change of scene, I know Thailand will pep you up with gentle spices, brilliant sunshine and its colourful culture.
Other than the full-on city energy of Bangkok, this is a proper get-away-from-it-all beach destination, with peaceful places like Koh Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak. Great for a backpacking trip, too!
Time to chill? The sea views and pretty island scenery of the Azores should do it.
While it’s positively balmy here in the mid-Atlantic summer, you’re more likely to want your jacket than your beachwear in the autumn and winter months. Take your walking boots and set off for a head-clearing hike.
Pack up your worries and head for Oz. Lockdown telly addict? (What, me?!) You could see the set of Neighbours in Melbourne, one of the best cities to visit in Australia. Twin your stay with Sydney to do the heart-stopping bridge walk across the harbour.
Beach life more your thing? Join the coastal Aussies in their natural habitat. Surfing at Bondi Beach, relaxing in the Whitsundays, sailing in Tasmania’s Wineglass Bay… beaut!
It’s not all sombreros and tequila! I noticed a really fun family vibe in Cancun, Mexico’s best known beach resort, where hotels line the seashore. And if you do want sombreros and tequila, the nightlife’s pretty good too.
You can also step out of this crazy modern world for a while with a trip to what remains of the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, with its pyramid-style temple, ball court, and observatory. It was the highlight of my holiday, hands down.
The heat’s rising in Finland’s saunas now winter’s on its way. That’s the first thing I think of when I picture Finland but this bucket-list destination is the place to go for Northern Lights tours, moonlit snowscapes and Lapland, too.
Whatever time of year you visit, don’t miss the quaint olden-days wooden houses; you can see some in Helsinki, which is also home to the island fortress of Suomenlinna.
The Colosseum in Rome, pizza in Naples, shopping in Milan, gondolas in Venice, art in Florence, rolling hills in Tuscany; just a few of the reasons you might want to escape to Italy (yes, please!).
For a taste of the high life, join George Clooney on the shores of Lake Como, go celeb-spotting in Positano or rub shoulders with the rich and famous on the mega-posh island of Capri.
I’m tempted to ditch reality altogether and cross the Atlantic to the fantasy land of the Walt Disney World Resort. Families, couples, groups of friends, all people of all ages – isn’t it the ultimate place to lift the weight from your shoulders?
Plus, it’s not all make-believe in Florida. I want to head to the beach in Miami, visit Kennedy Space Center, take a driving tour through the Florida Keys, and say hello to the alligators of the swampy Everglades.
You get the picture: there’s nothing quite like a holiday to lift your spirits. We’re here to make it happen for you, whenever you’re ready to travel. Just let us know what kind of Sunny Heart holiday you’re looking for and we’ll give you the most up-to-date options to beat the coronavirus blues.
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