Travelling the world is a wonderful experience and for those with the means to do so it can be the trip-of-a-lifetime. To ensure that a long-term commitment to travelling does not have to be cut short it is important to keep a keen eye on the budget.
As well as this it is important to have some relaxing downtime, whether that be on the beach or a bit of pampering. This allows you to reflect on all of the amazing sights you have seen and recharge your batteries before setting out once again.
In order to achieve these two aims it is a good idea to do some research in advance and get a great deal so that you can truly relax and know your funds are not being eaten away. Here is a guide to some of the places to take that time out. So sit back and enjoy planning your holidays for 2013.
Croatia is pretty much the ultimate beach destination with its 5,835 kilometres of coastline stretching along the Adriatic. It is an incredibly easy place to travel with good public transport and an overall pleasant disposition in the locals.
It also offers some fascinating places to explore when you have had enough of relaxing on the beach. The picturesque old towns and pretty fishing villages are perfect for wandering around and taking it all in.
By booking through an online deal you will also be able to make your money go further and indulge in the type of luxury you haven’t experienced elsewhere on your trip. Sooth aching bones with a massage and wile away the hours in a Jacuzzi – absolute bliss.
Portugal is another great option for those of you who want to spend some time flaking out on the beach, with plenty of choices as to which piece of the coast to choose. Whether you prefer to be in a resort or tucked away in a quiet bay there will be somewhere that is just perfect for you.
As well as the sun worshipping, Portugal maintains much of its pre-tourist charm with little fishing villages to explore and small pine forests in which to take walks. And if all of that sounds like a lot of effort why not just chill out on your terrace or spend the day catching up on your reading by the pool?
When it comes to taking a break from the frenetic pace of a world trip then Greece is a good shout as it offers so many different possibilities. With hundreds of inhabited islands you are bound to find a spot that suits you, whether that be for accessing the beaches of Kos, nightlife of Zante or the historic sites of Crete.
Greek food is particularly tasty and an all inclusive deal is a great way to eat like King Minos while staying within your budget. Fresh salads packed with locally produced olives, feta cheese and the reddest tomatoes you have ever seen complement the climate totally.
Even if you intend to stay in one place for a while it is easy to hop between islands for a daytrip if you know that you get restless easily. Otherwise grab a cocktail and watch the sun go down behind the white-washed walls and blue sea.