What helps you get through Mondayitis or a particularly bad day? Dreaming about travel! Doing so will also keep you on track towards saving for your next big holiday. Take a break to invest in a little armchair travel, and you’ll soon notice your inspiration soar.
Iceland offers natural wonders at every turn.
Front row seats to the aurora borealis, swimming in geothermal lagoons and snowmobiling through icy forests are just some of Iceland’s incredible attractions. This is a country where the word ‘awe-inspiring’ takes on true meaning, with astounding natural wonders at every turn. Watch whales breach in Icelandic waters and traverse the Golden Circle for waterfalls, lava fields and canyons. To warm up from the cold, Reykjavik’s restaurants and bars are world class.
Island living awaits, on Bora Bora.
Overlooked by the iconic peak of Mount Pahia, the island is encircled by coral reefs and idyllic beaches.
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When dream-worthy travel to you means bungalows perched over aqua seas, the honeymoon haven of Bora Bora is the destination to aspire to. Overlooked by the iconic peak of Mount Pahia, the island is encircled by coral reefs and idyllic beaches, with an interior of jungles and Polynesian temples to explore. When you’re not swimming in the translucent lagoon or lazing on a bungalow balcony, hike, snorkel and bike around the island.
Kefalonia’s majestic Myrtos Beach
3. Kefalonia, Greece
The Greek Islands swarm with tourists, however, despite starring in Hollywood blockbusters Kefalonia remains largely free of the associated traps. The largest of the Ionian Islands boasts emerald green mountains framing azure seas. Myrtos Beach is perhaps the most famous, with its stunning arc of white pebbled beach on a backdrop of soaring cliffs. If you love history, you’ll find castles, ruins and fortresses aplenty.
With its seven picturesque hillsides, Lisbon is a city that truly belongs on a postcard. Cobbled streets are home to endless architectural delights, quirky stores and enticing cafes, for all-day strolling with plenty to see. People watch by the water at Praca do Comercio and explore the majestic Jerónimos Monastery. Visit Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, Alfama, for Saint George's Castle, the Tile Museum and a taste of the atmosphere that’s long inspired poets, writers and photographers across the globe.
Escape to paradise beaches in Zanzibar.
5. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Africa’s east coast is home to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. As a beach destination, it rates as one of the best in the world, with white sand, pods of wild dolphins and coral gardens galore. When you’re not playing Robinson Crusoe, you’ll spend your time exploring UNESCO-listed Stone Town, with its colourful blend of cultures, maze of alleyways and grand Arabian mansions. When it’s time to eat, your taste buds are in for a treat with fresh, grilled seafood topped with the island’s famous spice blends.