How many hours do you spend daydreaming about your perfect holiday destination? Be honest now. Do a quick check every lunchtime to see where you might go if you dropped everything and grabbed a last minute deal departing next week, never mind where it takes you? Or would you rather spend hours collecting images of your favourite places, or destinations which you think could be your new favourite place once you visit?
Studies have shown that if you’re in the latter group, you’re in good company, with many Britons spending plenty of work hours researching their ultimate holiday destinations, looking at pictures and sharing the results on social media with their friends.
In fact, two million holiday images are pinned on Pinterest in the UK every day. Pinterest has revealed the top ten favourite holiday locations to drool over. These are surprisingly diverse, from the cold climes of Norway to the sunnier spots of Greece or Mexico. Here’s the list.
Argentina is full of natural wonders, including lush wetlands, deserts and rocky mountains. It also possesses some of the coolest cities in the world, perfect for shopping and bar-hopping.
2. French Polynesia
French Polynesia, which includes the islands of Tahiti and Bora-Bora, offers the ultimate in beach scenes – deserted white sands stretching for miles, palm trees waving in the breeze, and underwater coral gardens in which colourful fish swim.
3. Milos, Greece
It’s not as well known as other Greek spots such as Mykonos but the island of Milos in Greece offers perfect pictures for the Pinterest crowd. And when you get there, the turquoise seas and white rocks turn out to be real, no filter necessary.
4. Rome, Italy
What is there to say about Rome? A perennial favourite, it’s full of must-see art and architecture, as well as the ancient Colosseum and Vatican City,
5. Lofoten Islands, Norway
These islands give you the opportunity to scuba dive amongst Arctic species, and to stay in rustic fisherman’s cottages.
6. Graubünden, Switzerland
Opportunities for gorgeous photos abound at the Alpine landscape at Graubünden in Switzerland. Boasting both traditional villages and sleek hotels, the setting is picture perfect.
7. Amalfi Coast, Italy
This glamorous location is UNESCO protected as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. The beauty of the landscape is only rivalled by the superb food on offer.
8. Cancún, Mexico
Cancún offers you white sand, palm trees, glitzy nightlife and the chance to go swimming with sharks – what more might you want from a holiday?
9. Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
The city of Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil is a popular spot for eco-tourism, and it’s easy to see why – visitors who come during the rainy season of December to March marvel at the lush greenery and impressive waterfalls.
10. Pulau Dayang, Malaysia
Visitors flock to the picturesque lake in Pulau Dayang, Malaysia, the shores of which are virtually uninhabited. Many myths are attached to the waters, which include that if you unable to have a child, bathing in them will magically allow you to conceive.
Are these locations all on your list? Or are you now composing a new one as you read?