As 2018 comes to an end, it’s that time of year where you need a little something to get you through the remaining winter months and we’ve got just the solution- a well-deserved dose of Vitamin D. From basking in Caribbean climes to soaking up Europe’s historical wonder, we think it’s important that you have something amazing to look forward to in the New Year.
So whether you’re thinking of revisiting one of your all-time favourite resorts or looking for somewhere different to explore- good news is we’re here to help. We understand that it’s not always easy deciding on a destination, so to give you a helping hand, we’ve pulled together our top 5 destinations to jet away to in 2019 based on this year’s booking data.
169% YoY increase in bookings
A destination still underrated by many, Cape Verde remains firmly on our favourite list with a 169% increase in bookings compared to 2017. Tucked away in the mid-Atlantic, you’ll find its cluster of isles serving up pristine beaches, sweeping deserts and year-round sunshine, here you can take your pick between main resorts Boa Vista and Sal. Offering a viable alternative to the Caribbean, reachable in a fraction of the flight time yet boasting temperatures just as high, there’s no wonder visitors return.
Flight duration- Approx. 6 hours
319% YoY increase in bookings
Croatia is one of the fastest growing destinations in popularity amongst British travellers, with bookings up a huge 319% this year. Of course being an ideal festival location and having a picturesque backdrop for the TV hit Game of Thrones has had an impact, however Europe’s sunny spot and its haven of hidden gems are popular for many reasons. From strikingly shaped beaches to the world’s most atmospheric Roman ruins. Plus it’s super easy to get to.
Flight duration- Approx. 2.5 hours
226% YoY increase in bookings
Despite its recent instability Egypt is back to steal the limelight as holidaymakers return in good numbers. We’ve seen bookings increase a massive 226% this year and with constant sunshine, ancient history and the Red Sea’s spectacular scuba diving spot, we can’t question its popularity. 2019 is expected to be another big year as Hurghada and Marsa Alam open shiny new hotels and introduce more flying routes making them both more accessible than ever.
Flight duration- Approx. 6 hours
161% YoY increase in bookings
It comes as no surprise that Italy has been welcoming masses of tourists for centuries, but this year in particular has seen a large spike in bookings with a 161% increase. The prime hotspot being the Neapolitan Riviera region thanks to its Mediterranean beauty Amalfi and sophisticated seaside town Sorrento. We also saw the addition of Calabria holidays this summer- with this sun-drenched, natural beauty we can only expect Italy’s popularity to keep on rising.
Flight duration- Approx. 3 hours
168% YoY increase in bookings
Sitting proudly on the Caribbean Sea and rightly so, Jamaica continues to impress holidaymakers and has bagged the title of our most popular long-haul destination of 2018. Bookings have nearly doubled this year which comes as no surprise with its unique combo of paper-white beaches, ramshackle reggae bars and feel-good vibes. While its white sands are certainly alluring, its natural beauty also contributes to its popularity. With hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains, it’s clear to see why.
Flight duration- Approx. 10.5 hours
So, where will 2019 take you? Start your holiday search here.
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