Plan Your Spring Holidays in Advance

How time flies! It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, yet soon enough we’ll be in the midst of spring. This year, be organised and plan your spring holidays in advance.

Choosing Your Destination

It’s worth scouting the internet to see what destinations have been touted as the must-sees of 2013.

CNN has named Scotland as its top travel destination for 2013. The northern beauty offers visitors ample opportunities for city breaks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, as well as outdoor holidays in the Highlands and Islands, and the Borders.

The Independent recommends you visit the exotic destinations of Montenegro and Iceland, while Conde Nast suggests you pay Brazil or The Philippines a visit. All wonderful places for independent travellers, couples and families.

Try to ensure you have at least a week to spend in your destination of choice, particularly if travelling to another continent. You need to keep jet lag in mind too.

It’s quite common for travel companies, like others to offer discounts in the month of January. The sales period usually applies to holidays booked for the first half of the year, so this is perfect for anyone looking to travel in spring.

See if you can snap up a good all inclusive deal or upgrade to a pricier hotel than you’d normally choose.

Spring Holiday Wardrobe and Footwear

The weather in spring can be very unpredictable, especially in northern countries like Scotland and Iceland, with fluctuating temperatures, occasional showers and potentially even surprise snow, depending on where you’ve chosen to go. You’re best off packing for all eventualities.

Layering is key to getting your spring wardrobe just right. These can be added and removed according to the temperature. Start with some simple base layers like a cotton T-shirt or a stretchy vest top and build your way up from there with cardigans and jumpers. It’s well worth taking some chunky knitwear as mornings and evenings can get very chilly. A waterproof top layer is essential. If heading on a city break, bring a trendy mac, but for the great outdoors choose a sturdy waterproof jacket from a specialist outdoors retailer.

In terms of footwear, a good idea is to bring a pair of wellington boots. Teamed with the appropriate clothing, these can be worn both in the great outdoors and in the city. Pack a short or foldable style to take up less space in your luggage.

For evening outings, pack a pair of leather loafers or brogues. These will satisfy most dress codes, even if you’re planning to head out for a special meal or a performance.

Sailing Destinations And Travel Tips

Sailing holidays are very similar to safari trips. It can be expensive and a one-time thing, but the experience will be one to remember for the rest of your life. An experience that can provide much more than sightseeing. Many often fall in love with the experience and become a slave for the sport or adventure that each of these can provide. Whether it’s sailing in an ocean or driving through deserted plains in an open top Jeep.

Let’s forget about the safari analogy and focus more on sailing holidays and adventures. Which are often over looked, and can provide an experience that allows anyone to achieve complete isolation whilst allowing for reflection and relaxation. One of the key decisions will be to choose who to bring with you, this can range from family members, wife or even going it alone. No distractions and no problems. With the added bonus of 100% privacy and no competition for a great spot, something that when visiting the beach is a common problem for most people. Consider this option as creating your very own island in the sea.

The next most important decision is to decide on a location. Fortunately there are a large selection of marinas and locations that provide sailing and yachting options around the world.

Its important to remember that although yachting and sailing are the most popular choices when venturing out into the Mediterranean sea. There are alternatives available such as catamarans. Each of the options available for the beginner to those more experienced.

Mediterranean sailing provides many hidden gems from hidden coves to the best marinas. All of which can be found throughout Greece, Turkey, Mallorca, Italy and Malta to name a few. Providing plenty of areas to explore and discover for the first time.

Perhaps you have a destination that you visit every year, instead of having the traditional holiday, consider researching the possibility of renting a yacht or boat and cover new ‘ground’. Making new discoveries along the way.

Another exclusive location within the Mediterranean is the French Riviera. Which remains one of the most luxurious, glamorous and sought after locations for sailing. With its wild and rugged coastline and the exclusive St Tropez on your doorstep.

Hiring a private yacht is the best way to experience this type of holiday at this location. Especially with Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo within reasonable distance.

Another great and unknown location for sailing is the middle east. An unexpected but exotic location with plenty to offer, especially the varied marinas that are very popular among the wealthy, but not limited to.

If you are also looking somewhere to dock your personal yacht, the marinas will be able to cater even the most luxurious mega-yachts. Whilst allowing docking between the many marinas throughout the UAE. Allowing the sea and city to be enjoyed together, whilst providing a high focus on hospitality that cannot be found anywhere else.

Middle East marinas located in Qatar are world renowned in particular and has become one of the main yachting destinations within the Middle East. It features 96 births and can accommodate up to 40 metre boats.

This only briefly covers the vast range of sailing and yachting holidays the world has to offer. With many more hidden gems that are waiting to be found.