what are the top 10 holiday destinations
So, according to the UKs biggest travel companies here is what the Brits chose as the top 10 holiday destinations.
Brits top 10 holiday destinations
Top 10 holiday destinations number 10 – Thailand
Thailand comes in at number 10 of our top 10 holiday destinations. Phuket is the most accessible of Thailand’s island destinations and it’s also the gateway to a great many of the world famous and amazing Thailand beaches, national parks and islands that come to mind when you think of Thailand.
Phuket island has a rich cultural history, especially in Phuket Town. The locals live at a more ‘traditional pace’ and there are many beautiful examples of gorgeous Chinese Shrines and Temples.
You are seriously spoiled for choice for food options in Phuket with undoubtably a greater variety of cuisines than anywhere else in Thailand, outside of Bangkok of course, from hawker stands, beach vendors, local noodle shops, great Thai and Seafood restaurants right up to the finest International Dining.
While the beaches and blue skies are a major draw, its the range of activities on offer that makes Phuket such a great all round destination.
You’ve got Famous island excursions, world class snorkeling and dive trips, boat trips, Elephant Trekking, Jungle Safari, World Class Golf Courses, cooking classes, traditional Thai massage, Caberet, go-carting, water parks, shooting ranges…
Top 10 holiday destinations number 9 – Croatia
Perhaps and unexpected result however with the pristine coastline of Croatia it is among the most beautiful in the world – and one of the least spoilt in Europe. It’s also very good value compared to other Mediterranean countries.
Stay in one of the beautiful resorts that dot the coastline, or head out to one of the many stunning islands that lay off the coast. The island of Hvar is a real stunner, easily reached by ferry from Split. It has fabulous beaches and a great selection of budget and luxury hotels.
The historic city of Dubrovnik has been beautifully restored in recent years. Originally built by the Venetians, the Pearl of the Adriatic has some great food and is a wonderful base from which to take the ferry to surrounding islands.
Also, take a look at neighbouring Montenegro which though tiny – half the size of Wales – is one of Europe’s fastest growing holiday destinations. Many visitors flying into Dubrovnik and take the half-hour drive across the border.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 8 – Egypt
It’s difficult to know where to start with the historic treasures that Egypt boasts, but a great way to explore them is on a Nile Cruise. Float in luxury between the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and the great dam at Aswan. The capital Cairo is home to the Egyptian Museum where you can see King Tutankhamen’s solid gold death mask, and just outside the city are the iconic pyramids and Sphinx.
Late in 2013 the Foreign Office lifted its travel warning on the main tourist areas of Egypt.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 7 – Turkey
In terms of price, Turkey has benefited from its exclusion from the Eurozone. Although it suffers from inflation and isn’t as cheap it was 20 years ago, it still compares favourably to its western neighbours.
With its endless Aegean coastline, Turkey has some of Europe’s finest beaches, many of which remain relatively unspoilt. And you’re rarely far from a magnificent Roman ruin or majestic mosque. Although most summer sun seekers head straight to the coast, a short break in Istanbul should not be missed, ideally in spring or autumn.
You can also explore the coastline of Turkey on a gulet cruise.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 6 – Italy
Ancient culture, great beaches, fantastic food and charming people – it’s no surprise that so many of us decide to holiday in Italy. It is simply one of the best summer holiday destinations in Europe.
For a taste of la dolce vita, head to the wonderful cities of Rome, Florence and Venice – for an extra dash of old-school glamour, you can even travel to Venice on the Orient-Express. For a relaxing stay in the countryside or close to a beach, rent a villa with private pool.
Umbria is a beautiful region of Italy, boasting medieval market towns, wonderful vineyards and great works of the Renaissance – and is largely untouched by tourists. Beach lovers will be blown away by the 500 miles of coastline in Puglia in the south, not to mention the traditional architecture and terrific food and wine.
The Italian Lakes attracted some of the first package tourists from the UK and they continue to be popular for their beautiful setting, mountain views and great transport links for visiting local sights.
The lesser-known area of Le Marche offers everything you would expect from Italy – great beaches, historic palaces and galleries stuffed with masterpieces. The island of Sicily combines historical sites with a gorgeous coastline, while Sardinia has the country’s best beaches, and the Amalfi Coast is a fantastic base from which to visit Sorrento, Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 5 – Great Britain
No list of holiday destinations for UK travellers would be complete without mentioning our own great country: not just England, but Wales, Scotland, Northern Island and some of our lesser known islands such as the Scilly Isles and the Isle of Wight.
The UK’s most popular tourist destinations include London, Devon and Cornwall, West Wales the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, East Anglia and Scotland.
In London you can rent a good-value apartment. In the English countryside you can rent a Downton Abbey-style historic house sleeping 6 – 60 people. Perfect for birthdays or anniversaries.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 4 – USA
America is the most popular long-haul destination for British holidaymakers and it’s not hard to see why. The USA has an impressive diversity of landscapes, iconic cultural sights, friendly people and great food. See our full recommendations at 101 USA holidays.
New York is an obvious starting point, a 24/7 hit of street-level thrills and high culture. You can stay in a stylish boutique hotel or arrive on a Transatlantic cruise, combine the Big Apple with Las Vegas, or escape the city to the tranquil countryside of Upstate New York.
New England is charming. Whether you opt for a classic 2-week fly-drive, a coach tour or big road trip, you’ll see a lot without covering too many miles. Most trips start and finish in Boston and include a visit to Cape Cod, the classic American seaside resort.
Other highlights of the East coast include Niagara Falls and the cities of Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. You can drive across Virginia, retrace the Civil War route, visit DC, Philly and New York on a single trip, or visit the settings of classic TV shows on a location tour.
There many ways to explore the US: you can rent a car or a motorhome, take an epic tour by railway or get off the beaten track on a cycling tour, a family adventure holiday or a group tour for young people aged 18 – 38. You can take a river cruise on the Mississippi, indulge your love of American music or visit the country’s finest gardens. You can even get married in the USA.
California and the West Coast is packed with things to do – you could tour California in a hire car or make like a Rat Packer in Palm Springs. In the North West, Washington and Oregon states boast stunning scenery.
Chicago is one of the world’s great cities and the jumping off point for classic driving routes in Michigan and the Great Lakes. You can also combine the Windy City with the Rockies and Alaska.
The West is a great region for road trips: you could tour the great National Parks, explore the Wild West in Wyoming, take a trip down Route 66 or explore the wide open spaces of Colorado. Classic rail journeys include Seattle to LA, Chicago to the Grand Canyon and a tour of music capitals.
America’s cultural impact on the 20th Century can be celebrated on a Music & Movies Trail or by visiting a music festival such as Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Adventurers can raft down the Grand Canyon, camp in the Northern Rockies, track wolves in Yellowstone or stay on a working ranch. America has superb skiing, particularly in Colorado and Wyoming.
The South has a timeless charm and many great states to visit including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina. In Alaska you can take a small-ship cruise or see grizzly bears in Katmai National Park.
Love beaches? Hawaii is stunning whether you opt for an island-hopping tour, a small ship cruise or a relaxing stay in stunning Kaua’i. Florida is easy to reach from the UK: Orlando is the big draw, but you can drive to Key West or find luxury hotels in Miami and the Keys.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 3 – Greece
Holidays in Greece are all about simplicity. Despite the recent economic crisis, it is the whitewashed villas, the friendly tavernas, the hot sun and blue seas that keep us coming back year after year. Even Greek food is a masterpiece of simplicity, both traditional and healthy.
It is the islands that attract the most visitors. Corfu’s villas never lose their appeal. If you’re looking for the quintessential small Greek island, we recommend Paxos, which has no airport and is a great place for lazy days, boat trips and lovely villas.
If you fancy being more active, the Lakitira Beach resort on Kos, just off the Turkish coast, offers a wide array of watersports.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 2 – France
The relationship between the British and French has had its ups and downs over the years, but our love of all things French shows no sign of abating. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are never short of new destinations to discover.
If you’re looking for an excuse to crack open a few bottles, take a wine tour or a champagne weekend. Or relax and watch the countryside roll by on a luxury hotel barge with gourmet meals, fine wines and excursions all included. Destinations include Burgundy, Provence and Gascony. You can also find a great selection of river cruises in France.
In the French Alps you can ski on a budget, or with the family, and the mountains also make a great destination in summer. You can rent a French chateau and even in winter you’ll find long days of sunshine on the Cote d’Azur, where you can enjoy the timeless beauty of Nice.
Top 10 holiday destinations number 1 – Spain
Finally the 1 one of Britains top ten holiday destinations is Spain.
Spain has long been a favourite of British holidaymakers, and it remains the UK’s number one holiday destination. In particular, the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca are perennial big-hitters, along with Canary Islands such as Tenerife and the beautiful lesser-known La Gomera and La Palma. Other great beach destinations on the mainland include the Costa de la Luz and Catalonia.
Northern Spain is overlooked by most tourists, even though it combines magnificent empty beaches with rolling countryside, mountains, medieval towns and buzzing cities. It’s authentic, great value and the food is superb.
There’s a lot more to Spain than beaches. There are great walking holidays in the north and cycling in Catalonia. The rise of low-cost airlines has benefited city breaks in places like Palma and Seville – both of which are rich in culture.
You can also explore Spain on board a state-run luxury train such as the Transcantábrico and La Robla.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief review of where the UKs biggest travel companies discovered are the top 10 holiday destinations…