With a long, hard, lockdown winter well underway and travel restrictions in many domestic and international locations in place, an idyllic holiday is out of reach for just about everyone right now.
However, planning one isn’t and it might be the perfect tonic to expand your imaginative horizons in the weeks and months ahead.
So why not create a vision board for your ultimate lockdown family holiday and fill it with everyone’s ideas for the perfect break, in order to help you decide where you’ll head off to once some semblance of normality returns?
Sounds good? Let’s play fantasy holiday league with three fab picks to help you get started!
1. South Africa
The rainbow nation is one of the world’s most spectacular places to visit and there’s a mind-blowing array of things to see and do.
Meeting the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, and leopard) by taking a Kruger National Park safari is a must, but don’t miss beautiful Cape Town ̶ the Mother City is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and take in blissful views from Bloubergstrand. Finally, take a boat trip to Robben Island to see the prison where the late, great Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many years.
2. French Riviera
You’ll find grace, glitz and glamour on the Cote d’Azur ̶ the awesome Art Deco Hotel Belles Rives in Juan Les Pins is the former villa home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the location he dubbed his ‘sun-kissed otherwhere’ and artistic genius Pablo Picasso spent many happy years living and working in this area too.
Head to Cannes if you want glam hotels like Martinez and the InterContinental Carlton, while a romantic drive around Cap d’Antibes reveals high-end celeb hotels like Eden Roc and billionaire mansions by the bucketload ̶ the likes of Enjoy Travel lets you compare car hire for legendary locations like this.
Yearning for good vibes, sandy beaches, bass-heavy tunes, fiery food and friendly locals? In that case, it doesn’t get much better than Jamaica.
But you can also hike up Blue Mountain peak if you prefer exploring the vertiginous, verdant interior, stay in a beautiful bolthole carved into the cliffside at Negril’s Rockhouse Hotel & Spa, or spend time in Kingston soaking up the authentic roots vibes at Trenchtown Culture Yard, attending a dance like Stone Love or eating posh lobster patties on the manicured lawns of Devon House.
Finally, for something a bit spooky, head to Rose Hall near Montego Bay, the former home of Haitian voodoo queen Annie Palmer ̶ if you dare!
So there you have it ̶ a triple-whammy of fantasy holiday picks to help you get your own competition started.
Have fun debating your ultimate family vacay and heading off into the blue horizon for real before too long.
What’s your fantasy holiday? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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