Blues skies are coming! 5 summer holiday destinations to whet the appetite


Don’t deny it, while you were on the bus this morning you found yourself dreaming of summer sunshine. There you were on a golden sandy beach, kicking back on a sun lounger, the heat beating down, an umbrella in your cocktail and just a good book for company. Then the bell rang, and by the time you’d snapped out of your trance you’d missed your stop and were left in a foul mood. Are we right?

It may only be the end of January but if the daily grind is already wearing you down then now is the perfect time to book a holiday. Let’s be honest, everybody needs something to cling to in the winter months!

What’s more as an added incentive if you book now through Quidco you can take advantage of record high cashback incentives on flights, hotels, car hire and travel insurance. Not bad, even if we do say so ourselves.

If you’re still not convinced perhaps these five summer vacation suggestions will twist your arm…

For the parents who want to relax while the kids play…Bodrum, Turkey

Fancy Mediterranean sunshine without Eurozone prices? Then Turkey, which is tipped to be one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in 2013, should suit you down to the ground. Great for hassle-free package deals for parents looking to relax while their toddlers are kept entertained, Turkey has an impressive 258 Blue Flag beaches scattering its coastline. Bodrum is the most well-known resort, served by its own airport, although Antayla, Alanya, Belek, Bodrum and Gumbet are also popular with tourists looking for feather soft sand and day trip boat rides to neighbouring Greek islands.

For the young, free and single 20-somethings…Koh Phangan, Thailand

Unique in many ways, Thailand is both a modern country and one with a rich cultural heritage to which it clings with both hands. Whether it’s Buddhist temples, trekking in the rainforest, skuba-diving sessions or taking timeout to indulge in the delicious local cuisine, there’s something for everyone. The country is also an amazing destination for those looking to party with Koh Phangan’s Full-Moon parties and their hedonistic combination of sand, sound systems, dancing, fire and cocktails attracting as many as 30,000 revellers every month.

For the mature couple looking to explore…the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Driving holidays aren’t for everybody, but if you’re looking for an alternative to the usual European city break they’re perfect for getting off the beaten track and indulging an adventurous side. Italy lends itself particularly well to the experience with stunning countryside and coastlines, charming towns, wineries, local restaurants, bustling cities and cultural and artistic treats aplenty. The winding, narrow roads of the Amalfi Coast – south of Naples – may be challenging but with UNESCO paying tribute to the region by adding it to its World Heritage list in 1997 it’s also very popular with those seeking dramatic views. In truth though, wherever you drive in Italy you’ll not be disappointed. Just watch out for the locals on their Vespas…

For the beach bum with a penchant for cultural pursuits…Barcelona, Spain

There’s not much that Barcelona doesn’t offer. From glorious beaches to beautiful architecture, tip-top tapas to tiki-taka football, it’s a glorious city which has gone from strength to strength since hosting the Olympics back in 1992. Stay for a weekend and let Antoni Gaudi be your host as you’re captivated by his iconic Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia or commit to a week and intersperse sunbathing on the Barceloneta beach with adventures in the youthful, artistic El Raval area. Like we said, the Catalan capital has a bit of everything.

For the adventure sports lover…Costa Blanca, Spain

Everybody knows Spain’s southern coastline is a great destination for sun, sand and Sangria but if you’re after an adventure that involves more than sampling paella and pints then fly to Alicante and head to the Costa Blanca. A few miles inland, the amazing limestone mountains are home to some of the best climbing action in Europe. With courses and accommodation available for all budgets and catering to all levels of experience you’re sure to get the adrenaline-pumping. If you’re more comfortable in the water then you can always hit the beach for great windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing, kite surfing and more.