There are so many different types of holidays to take and ways to experience the word. However, many of us have our favourites and rarely stray from them.
I personally love a city break, both short and long-haul. I have a friend who likes to return to the same destination and hotel each year, another who loves a cruise and my family are all about the multi-destination trips.
I want to expand my horizons and try out different types of holidays over the next few years. Partly due to curiosity and wanting to move out of my comfort zone and also due to necessity – I’m expecting my first baby in March.
Last year I visited Lille twice via Eurostar, Cornwall and a surprise Wowtrip to Cologne. I think it was the Wowtrip that really pushed me towards thinking about new holidays. Although it was a city break it was a trip I had very little to plan for and we didn’t know where we’ be going ’til that very morning. It was a real surprise and so much fun.
Travelling by Eurostar was also a refreshing experience. It was so easy to do and I can’t wait to visit more places by train in the year ahead.
So, let’s take a closer look at the different types of travel available. I’ve left out some of the classics such as beach, city and ski trips. Some are still pretty obvious holiday options but hopefully there will be a few that haven’t crossed your mind before.
Given my love of walking on city breaks I think a walking holiday could make a lovely change. I’m all about getting outdoors more this year and what better way to do it than a tailor-made walking holiday. Have you ever been on one?
Headwater offer self-guided trips, independent exploring and small guided groups. Going off with a guided group would be the way I’d do it. I like the idea of being with a local who has lots of knowledge to share and can take you to all the best hidden spots. These types of trips are also a good way of meeting new people.
Headwater offer walking holidays across the UK, Europe, the Mediterranean and Bermuda. So there are plenty of options to pick from.
Pick your destination, book the flights and jump in your rental car. Road trips can be as simple or planned out as you want them to be. It’s the flexibility they allow that makes them so appealing.
Some people will plan everything to the smallest of details. They’ll have hotels ready for every destination and activities booked in advance. Then there are those who’re a little more carefree and will book a couple of hotels and then chance it as they go. The latter gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore and stop where you like.
Are you more of a carefree traveller or do you like to have a little structure to your trip?
Wellness & Spa Holidays
Spa holidays are something I’ve thought about for a while now. The idea of visiting somewhere new and staying in a spa hotel really appeals to me. It would be more of a short, weekend break as opposed to a full week. Alternatively, you could opt for a yoga retreat or a wellness break and stay for a week or two.
Sometimes you just need a bit of luxury and relaxation. Some time to focus on you, read, eat good but healthy food and perhaps even get to some exercise classes. I think it’s the perfect type of holiday for a busy couple or friends who want to try something new.
Maybe you’re at a point in life where you need to take a step back, focus on yourself and have a break from everyone around you. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’d actually say it’s very important to be able to spend time with yourself.
My only experience of solo travel is New York but even then, it wasn’t really solo travel. I was on my own during my flights, which I loved and had some days to explore NYC on my own but I was staying on the floor of a friends apartment and I had another friend in the city. So it was a combo of solo travel and the option to have a few days with friends.
What types of holidays would you like to take in the year ahead? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Thanks to Headwater for collaborating with me on this post.