Summer 22: Which Destination Is For You?

Summer 22: Which Destination Is For You?

After years of minimal contact with our family and friends, a fun-filled family getaway or a trip with the gang this summer sounds dreamy! You can book with confidence as our package holidays are ATOL protected* AND we’ve got an incredible UK-based customer service team on hand to help with any queries. Plus, for those of you with little ones, you can bag yourself a bargain as there are thousands of free child place holidays up for grabs.

The world is almost back to the way we know and love it to be, and with low deposit offers on many incredible holidays, now is the time to give yourself something to look forward to. The only hard part is deciding where to go!

To lend a helping hand, we’ve created a little breakdown of all the places we think are worthy of your well-deserved break. From firm favourites, like Spain and and Cyprus, to something further afield, like the Caribbean and Costa Rica, your perfect destination for next summer is about to be revealed!

Greece & Turkey

Look at those amazing Mediterranean vibes – could you imagine a more idyllic setting for your summer holiday? For all you sun seekers out there, a holiday to the likes of Greece or Turkey would be the answer to all your sun-kissed prayers.

These destinations all have toasty temperatures throughout all our summer months, along with some of the most beautiful beaches not just in the Med, but in the world.

With Greece, you’ve got the pick of the mainland as well as the country’s 227 inhabited islands, such as Corfu, Kos, Zante and Crete. And who could forget the stunning Santorini – a popular wedding destination and one of the most instagrammable places on the planet. If it’s sun and superb scenery you’re after, you’ll find it in Greece!

Toasty Turkey has become a firm family favourite for summer holidays over the years – unbelievable weather, homely hotels with built in splash parks for the kids and an array of fun family excursions on offer. What’s not to love?

Dalaman is a popular spot along Turkey’s turquoise coast, serving up sandy shores galore as well as ancient ruins that are just waiting to be explored. For fun in the sun with a bit of history thrown in too, there’s no better place!

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Spanish Islands

Active fun seekers – these ones are for you! Spain’s sizzling islands are full of amazing activities to get your teeth sunk into, from all that the colourful Canaries have to offer to the beautiful and closer-to-home Balearic islands.

A two to three hour plane ride will have you arriving at the likes of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera. These islands boast a stunning summer climate so you’ll top up your tan in no time, whilst having a list as long as your arm for things to do.

Pretty Palma in Majorca is a popular spot, with it’s majestic cathedral standing out above the city and overlooking the shimmering coastline. The beaches on all these islands are heavenly, but the coastline in Alcudia resembles something out of the Caribbean than the Med. A visit along ‘snake’s path’ as it’s known in Sa Calobra should not be missed – this amazing descent down winding roads alongside stunning scenery leads you to the most spectacular spot, where Jason and the Argonauts was once filmed.

If you’re after something even livelier, Ibiza can certainly deliver on that front. Known for it’s nightlife, there’s also plenty of fun to be had on the day-scene too, from boat parties to off-road buggy rides. The island isn’t all hustle and bustle though, as there’s plenty of sleepy sides to Ibiza that can serve up that much needed R&R after busy days or nights.

And of course, Spain’s Canary Islands are always a great shout when it comes to fun summer holidays. Situated off the coast of Spain, temperatures are toasty all year round but especially sizzling in summer. The amount of activities on offer is seemingly endless – a trip to Tenerife can have you climbing Mount Teide, the largest mountain in Europe, or visiting one of the best waterparks in the world with Siam Park.

Or perhaps you’ll go off road with a buggy ride across the dessert in Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura – whether you’re a family, couple, or travelling solo, Spain’s islands have something for everyone!

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Villa Holidays

Aphrodite Hills Villas, Cyprus

Villa holidays are a great choice for a quiet and relaxing getaway. A villa holiday gives you that home-from-home vibe, where you’re free to enjoy your holiday at your own pace.

TUI’s villa holiday options include some short hop destinations like Spain and Portugal, along with popular Mediterranean hotspots like the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Corfu, Zante and Kefalonia, as well as the gorgeous island of Cyprus. You an even book a villa holiday in Florida!

Villas are situated in a variety of stunning locations, from countryside idylls to beautiful beaches. Many of the accommodations come with private pools, air-conditioning and modern kitchens, with lots of different options suited to couples, groups and families.

European villa holidays also come with basic car hire, so exploring your surroundings on day trips is an easy option.

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Longer Duration Holidays

Turkey coastline

Who says holidays have to be a week or even two weeks in the sun! With some amazing offers on holidays of 21 nights or more, you could be getting more for less just by changing how you search.

When you perform a search on the Holiday Hypermarket website, you can find a range of duration options between two and 28 nights. The default is set to 7 nights, as that’s what most people want to look for. But you can bag some incredible bargains when you check prices on holidays of two weeks or more.

Although it might seem strange, it can sometimes even be cheaper to go on holiday for longer! So even if you think 10 nights is about right for your budget, go ahead and check 14 nights as you may be surprised at the price.

While holidays of 16, 17, 18 and 19 nights are more unusual, they do still exist for some destinations, and you could get lucky with how the cost of the flights turn out, meaning you get a better bargain than booking for two weeks.

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Luxurious Long Haul

Cancun beach front

Dreaming of white sands, turquoise waters and having absolutely not a care in the world? Then a luxurious long haul break is just what you need for Summer 2022.

Maybe you’re thinking that after the craziness of the last year it’s the perfect time to reward yourself with a holiday that’s a little extra special – and destinations such as Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica are just that.

Mexico has to be one of our favourite destinations in the whole world – for a mix of stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, captivating culture and of course, unbeatable food – it really is up there with the best.

The sunny strip of Cancun serves up miles of powdery-white sands and plush palm trees, and boasts brilliant nightlife – anyone who’s been to Cancun will tell you a night at the infamous Coco Bongos club will likely give you one of the best nights of your life. Be prepared to sing and dance your heart out as a one-of-a-kind party unfolds around you!

A trip to Chitchen-Itza should be at the top of your list when in Mexico too – one of the seven wonders of the world, you’ll be blown away by just how majestic these ancient Mayan ruins are.

If it’s pure Caribbean climes you’re after then take your pick from an array of amazing islands – Aruba, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic are popular choices, just to name a few. You’ll be treated to all-year-round weather, delicious local cuisine, bright white sands and warm seas no matter whereabouts you visit. Simply sit back and enjoy the views with a drink in hand!

Costa Rica is also a top choice if you’re looking for dreamy, tropical vibes with a laidback atmosphere. Head for walks through the rainforest, visit wonderful wildlife reserves and visit secluded beaches for some time indulging in total rest and relaxation. A good book and a care-free attitude is all you really need to enjoy these dreamy destinations.

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Perhaps you’re not fussed about travelling too far and simply want to get in the sun to somewhere familiar – if that sounds like you, maybe good old mainland Spain or Portugal is the way to go.

Some of us are creatures of comfort, so what could be better than visiting destinations that have been much-loved by us Brits for years and that have our taste for holidays nailed down to a tee.

Holidays in Spain more often than not take place in one of the many Costas that line the south and east coasts, and it’s easy to see why when you lay eyes on their picturesque beaches.

The Costa Del Sol serves up the likes of beautiful Benalmadena, fit to burst with attractions, like the death-defying thrills of Tivoli theme park, as well as only being 10 miles from the heart of Malaga. Torremolinos is a firm favourite in this region too – once a haunt of Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, you’ll find this once-sleepy fishing village is now brimming with fresh fish bars, shopping centre boutiques, waterparks and botanical gardens.

And of course, where has more of a British flavour to it than good old bustling Benidorm? You’ve got the option to whizz down waterslides during the day followed by beers in bustling bars on a night. Everyone knows the nightlife here is perfect for us Brits! You’ll find all your favourite food and drink nearby no problem, and Benidorm’s two main bays form part of its big attraction too.

The beaches here stretch for miles, and if you want to be rewarded with amazing views, take a little hike up to the Benidorm Cross. You’ll be blown away by the sight before you – a colourful curving coastline, Benidorm’s city skyline and a backdrop of mountains to marvel at.

If you want familiarity but a change from Spain, then a trip to Portugal could be on the cards. The Algarve is the country’s most visited region, and for good reason – Blue Flag beaches, waterparks, zoos, gorgeous green golf resorts and fresh seafood served up in a jiffy. Bag yourself a holiday in a traditional Portuguese village – somewhere like Alvor, or holiday in the cosmopolitan city of Portimao for scenic plazas and tree-lined promenades.

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Culture Seekers

If you’re craving a bit of culture after all of these months of being cooped up, then a holiday to the likes of Italy or Croatia should be at the top of your list for Summer 2022.

There’s a good reason why Italy is known as ‘Bella Italia’ – and that’s because this is a country that’s truly beautiful. You’ll be wowed from start to finish during your time here – the shimmering waters of Lake Como have had holidaymakers flocking to this hillside beauty since the days of the Roman Empire. Lake Garda is no less impressive, where mountains tumble over the water’s edge and vineyards are just a hop, skip and a jump away across the region’s tranquil landscape.

If you want to get stuck into some serious culture, then a holiday into the heart of the Venetian Rivera is what you need. Venice takes centre stage here, and is known for it’s iconic waterways and bridges. Get yourself on a traditional gondola and weave your way through the city by boat, taking in all the traditional Italian buildings, bridges and streets around you. The ornate domes of St Mark’s Basilica will mesmerise you, while the 14th-century Doge’s Palace will provide you with a sneak peak of the grand Italian way of living in the past. There’s really no better place to soak up some history than here!

If you’d still like beaches on hand, a holiday to the largest island in the Mediterranean – Sicily – could be the perfect choice. Scenic mountains, lush lemon groves, ancient castles and fascinating history alongside superb beaches with fantastic opportunities for snorkelling – sounds pretty perfect to us!

If you’re not feeling Italy then Croatia has the best of both worlds – a destination where history collides head on with beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. Dubrovnik is known for playing it’s part in the popular TV series Game of Thrones, where it was used as the show’s capital, King’s Landing. The famous orange city walls stand out in contrast to the shimmering Adriatic Sea, with an elegant Old Town, marbled streets and plentiful monuments. A holiday here would not only reward you with wonderful weather – you’ll feel as though you’ve truly stepped back in time.

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Free Child Places

Travelling as a family with little ones? Reduce the cost of your next holiday by bagging a TUI and First Choice free child place! That’s right, you can SAVE even more by securing a free child place holiday, so why not take all the family away for less and enjoy some much-needed fun in the sun. There are thousands of free child places available to many incredible destinations each year but be quick – these get snapped up fast.

You can find out more about what free child place holidays include, how to find them and the best time to book right here but remember to check our some of our amazing free child place deals below.

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Booking ahead

Sometimes people get caught up in the idea that waiting until the last minute means you’ll bag a better deal – but this isn’t always the case. There’s some amazing deals to be had on Summer 2022 holidays right now, and it means you’ll beat the massive rush when everybody tries to bag their holiday closer to the time!

Book early and rest in the knowledge that your getaway is secured – plus, it gives you more time to spread the cost! And of course, what could be better than having something dreamy to look forward to? Snap up your Summer 2022 holiday now!

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