If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We have all your must-visit hotspots for 2018 covered, from charming Cape Verde to beautiful Italy and fascinating Turkey.
Trust us – you’ll be bursting with excitement once you check out these dreamy summer holiday destinations.
Made up of 10 exclusive sun-drenched islands just off the coast of Africa, you’ll find the footprint beaches of Cape Verde. Boasting gorgeous lunar landscapes, cobbled towns and sands the colour of pearls, say hello to paradise. This hidden treasure has two main islands – Sal and Boa Vista – which you’ll instantly fall head over heels for.
Cape Verde holidays have all the makings of a long haul destination, minus the lengthy flight time. Taking around 6 hours and 15 minutes to get there, you can experience amazing explorations such as climbing dormant volcanoes and snorkelling in indigo blue seas without that dreaded jet lag feeling.
It’s a fantastic holiday for sun worshippers with warm climates all year round, plus when you’re not soaking up the African sun, you can explore the islands Portuguese heritage.
They say good things come in small packages, and with Montenegro that’s certainly the case. Prepare to be mesmerised by dramatic backdrops filled with majestic mountains and bays with a Fjord resemblance.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Adriatic Sea you’ll find around 120 beaches here, and many with a Blue Flag award. But if you consider yourself a bit of a culture-vulture, Montenegro is known for its medieval villages and historic architecture, some over 2,000 years old.
It’s been named the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ and it’s no surprise with its azure blue seas and soul-stirring beaches.
Start your adventure with some white-water rafting down the Tara River Canyon to witness the breathtaking waterfalls and tumbling rapids, or head for the Blue Grotto, a secluded cave, which has proved a big hit with nature lovers.
The towering forest of Biogradska Gora is another great spot, not only for its views but for its hiking opportunities. It doesn’t take much for this tiny Balkan country to lure you in.
One of the perks of holidaying in Italy is the fact there’s so many world wonders to cover. Start your journey at the famous Italian Lakes, and look out for George Clooney at his house in Lake Como, or feel inspired at the Valley of the Temples in Sicily.
It’s the ultimate destination for a romantic retreat with its world-famous wines straight from the vineyard, mouth-watering Italian cuisine and striking Amalfi Coast.
If this hasn’t tempted you, then floating along the Grand Canal from the seat of a gondola in Venice will. World Heritage Site hopping is another must – and if you fancy something a little cooler, there’s famous skiing resorts here too.
The best part is you can cover it all, spend a week or two bouncing from one city to another and tick off all the top sights. Trust us, once you get a taste of true Italy, you’ll never want to leave.
A Canary Island favourite, Gran Canaria is a winner all year round. This Spanish island not only boasts magnificent volcanic backdrops, but it also sees sizzling temperatures in the coldest of months.
If you’re thinking of making Gran Canaria your next summer stop, pack your sun cream and expect highs of over 30°C.
You’ll find resorts to suit all tastes here including laid-back towns and hard-core partying in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s cosmopolitan capital. Choose from over 80 glittering black sands, toe-sinking golden stretches of beach, or head south of the island for some waterpark fun and a chance to swim with dolphins.
Join in with the summer fiestas and watch as parades and dancers take over the streets in celebration. Then after all that excitement, catch a glimmer of the sunset while sampling some tasty tapas or paella in one of the charming seafront restaurants – surely that’s an offer you can’t refuse?
As well as being the home to alluring Mediterranean waters and tall majestic mountains, Turkey has plenty of hidden gems to discover. Nearly every city has its own castle and ruins of ancient empires, so as well as lapping up the gorgeous weather you’ll be in a cultural haven.
Holidaymakers flock to Turkey for a traditional hammam experience, also known as Turkish baths. This is a spa treatment like no other, and includes a relaxing body scrub and massage, leaving your skin glowing.
Hide away in secluded coves, head off-the-beaten-track or discover world wonders – the choice is yours. But whatever you do, don’t forget to stop by Istanbul where you can get lost in a whirlwind of jaw-dropping architecture with a visit to its famous palaces and local mosques.
There’s more than meets the eye with this Turkish delight.
So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a holiday to one of 2018’s hottest summer destinations.