We’ve only just bid farewell to 2016 but it’s never too early to start planning your first 2017 getaway. These five holiday destinations offer great value for money as well as lots to see and do!
If you’re after some sun this winter, head to the southern hemisphere. The beautiful and diverse landscapes of South Africa are world-famous, and with affordable prices, why wait to see them for yourself? If you’d like to combine an exciting city break with mountain hiking, Cape Town is the place for you. For something a little different, the traditional medicines in the Muthi Market in Durban are free to browse and fascinating to see. If you fancy buying something at the market, be aware that the trade is vital to the local culture and economy but is less beneficial for the animals and plants used in many of the remedies. For a chance to see those same flora and fauna in their natural habitats, visit one of Pretoria’s many gardens, animal sanctuaries or nature reserves for an experience you’ll never forget! The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary are among the top family and budget-friendly outings to be found.
A tropical getaway can be within easier reach than you might think. Jamaica boasts affordable accommodation and activities as well as a Caribbean climate, stunning mountain vistas, clear blue waters and white sand beaches. The resort town of Negril boasts one of the top 10 beaches in the world as well as cliffs for those who enjoy diving. And with activities ranging from hikes in the Blue Mountain surrounding the capital, Kingston, to historical tours of Spanish Town and Devon House, to a wide range of water sports and the legendary beach parties, your Jamaican holiday can be as adventurous or laid back as you wish. As a bonus, James Bond fans can visit Ian Flemming’s former residence, Goldeneye, and filming locations from Dr. No and Live and Let Die in Kingston and Montego Bay.
Jamaica truly is a Caribbean jewel.
Suffering from Brexit burnout? Escape to Norway, a country that has carved out a unique relationship with the EU, offers good value for money on the exchange rate with the pound, and also happens to be a fun, affordable and easily accessible vacation spot. Popular Norwegian holiday activities such as ski trips, Northern Lights breaks, dog sledding and Fjordpass excursions are always a treat, culture buffs will also want to visit Oslo, which gives out the annual Nobel Peace Prize and is home to Bygdøy, the centre for history and the Norwegian Vikings’ history, as well as a number of major museums and galleries.
If the weak pound and your carbon footprint have got you down, why not make 2017 a Staycation year? The UK boasts many beautiful and fun-filled holiday destinations that are only a short car, coach or train ride away. The English Riviera in South Devon, Llandudno and Conwy in North Wales, and Greater Yarmouth in Norfolk are full of family-friendly attractions as well as stunning coasts and beaches.