TOP TIPS – The destinations to watch out for
Looking at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, we’ve asked our partners at Cox & Kings to make their recommendations, which includes destinations such as Indonesia, Brazil and Zimbabwe.
With the pound at its strongest rate against the rupee for at least ten years and a wide range of special offers available, holidays to India are going to be exceptionally good value for money. From converted palaces and forts, to homestays, havelis and tented camps, there is something to suit every taste and budget.
Recently named the best value long-haul destination by the Post Office, Bali is just one of the many islands of Indonesia. From white sand beaches and rugged coastline to mountainous interiors and lush vegetation, Indonesia has plenty to offer. It is rich in cultural, archaeological and historic attractions with a range of accommodation at prices to suit all budgets. With new direct flights launching in 2014 from London and an expanding network of domestic flights, more islands are becoming accessible. For Indonesia holidays, Cox & Kings suggests visiting the lesser-known jungles of Sumatra and Kalimantan to view orangutans in their natural habitats away.
Being outside the Euro zone is a great advantage to Russia, as it is a more affordable destination for those wanting a short-haul holiday. A new Faberge egg museum has opened in St Petersburg and with advance bookings to Russia already looking strong, its popularity looks set to soar. Russia tours have been bestsellers for Cox & Kings, its popularity looks set to continue.
With the football world descending on Brazil this summer, considerable investment is being made into the country’s infrastructure and accommodation. Visit the cities before the footballers arrive: Manaus, where England play their first match against Italy, is the starting point for trips into the Amazon; the metropolis of Sao Paolo is where England face Uruguay; Belo Horizonte, close to the well-preserved 18th-century town of Ouro Preto, built during the days of the gold and silver rush; and Rio de Janeiro, the stunningly beautiful and vibrant city, home to famous beaches and landmarks, tropical forest, samba and for two weeks, the base of the England football team. Cox & Kings recommends travelling on any Brazil tours outside the World Cup to avoid the crowds and increased prices.
Just a three-hour flight from the UK and no time difference, Morocco tours make an ideal choice for a holiday or short break. So many new luxury riads and hotels have opened over the last couple of years that prices are more competitive. From the Atlantic coast, through fertile plains to the mountains and valleys of the High Atlas, the country’s diverse landscapes are all accessible from Marrakech within a few hours’ drive.
One of southern Africa’s most enchanting countries, Zimbabwe offers stunning landscapes and superb wildlife viewing. Animal populations are healthy, many highly professional and passionate Zimbabwean guides have returned home, and numerous camps and lodges have been refurbished. Tourism hasn’t reached its pre-2000 levels, yet, but safari-goers are beginning to return in significant numbers. In an attempt to get Zimbabwe holidays back on the map, the lodges and camps are offering prices of exceptionally good value.