Top 10 Destinations for 2012, as recommended by Travel Counsellor Jennifer Bradnam
Iceland – From £194pp
With more direct flights than ever before from the UK, why not make 2012 the year you enjoy a city break with a difference in Reykjavik. Few other cities in the world can offer the array of natural wonders it offers from geysers to volcanoes!
Turkey – From £579pp
Not locked into the euro zone, Turkey still represents an excellent value for money Mediterranean beach break. But it’s not all about budget accommodation, the country boasts some delightful boutique properties – yet at prices that won’t hurt your pocket.
Croatia – From £763pp
Often overlooked in favour of Italy or Greece, Croatia is the perfect beach break for culture vultures. Boasting UNESCO Heritage sites in Dubrovnik and Split, there’s plenty to see here from Roman palaces to Venetian porticos. And, not locked into the euro zone, it’s still good value for money!
Oman – From £929pp
If you fancy a Middle Eastern adventure this year, but don’t fancy the glitz of Dubai then Oman could be a refreshing alternative. Boasting well preserved forts, colourful souks, verdant desert oases and dramatic mountain ranges there’s something for everyone.
Cuba – From £1025pp
Once the only way you could get from Cuba to America, was to try and swim across! Nowadays the border is open with over 50 flights bound here a week from the USA. So if you want to see Cuba as it was you’ll need to move quickly!
Brazil – From £1399pp
The host for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, big things are happening in Brazil soon. So 2012 is the perfect year to see it before the crowds descend and it’s changed forever.
Malaysia – From £1479pp
Say ‘Far East beach paradise’ and most people think of Thailand yet Malaysia is just as enticing with an array of white sand beaches yet also verdant rainforest and sleek modernity in Kuala Lumpur.
Canada – From £1579pp
Getting to Vancouver, on Canada’s Pacific Coast gets easier in 2012 with a new direct flight launching in June. The perfect springboard for a trip into the Rockies, this cosmopolitan city celebrates its 125th birthday this year.
Vietnam – From £1675pp
With Vietnam Airlines launching their first direct flights to Vietnam from London just before Christmas, 2012 looks set to be the perfect year to discover this Far Eastern hidden gem. Why not join an escorted tour to discover the must sees?
Africa – From £3198pp
Think safari and Kenya’s Masai Mara or the Kruger National Park in South Africa come to mind, yet the Chobe National Park in Botswana offers one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa year round.
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