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Top holiday destinations

Top holiday destinations

Category: Travel

Updated: 13/07/2015
First Published: 13/07/2015

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Where are you heading to for your summer holiday this year? Are you staying local, jetting off to the continent, or perhaps venturing even further afield? There are always a lot of surveys carried out at this time of year, so we thought we'd give you a run-through of the top destinations – together with ways you can make the most of them.

Top British destinations

According to a study from TripAdvisor, Wales easily takes the crown in terms of British-based destinations for holiday rentals, occupying four of the top 10 spots. Llandudno came out on top overall with a near-perfect score of 4.97, but here's the list in all its glory:

  1. Llandudno, Wales
  2. St Davids, Wales
  3. Stirling, Scotland
  4. Hay-on-Wye, Wales
  5. Matlock, England
  6. Barmouth, Wales
  7. Portrush, Northern Ireland
  8. Bath, England
  9. Moray, Scotland
  10. Beadnell, England

To make the most of your UK-based break, it all comes down to preparation. Booking your travel arrangements in advance can save a small fortune – train tickets, for example, are a lot cheaper if you buy in advance rather than on the day – and if you're going self-catered, bring plenty of essentials with you in case there isn't a cheap supermarket nearby. Don't forget about travel insurance, either – it may not seem like something you need to worry about when you're so close to home, but things can still go wrong, so it makes sense to be prepared.

Europe's 10 best destinations for a family holiday

Next up, a list of the most popular family destinations in Europe, this time courtesy of a study by Lonely Planet:

  1. Kent, England, UK
  2. County Kerry, Ireland
  3. Black Forest, Germany
  4. Budapest, Hungary
  5. Vorarlberg, Austria
  6. Aland archipelago, Finland
  7. Ibiza, Spain
  8. Normandy, France
  9. Skomer Island and Marloes Sands, Wales, UK
  10. Bohinj, Slovenia

It may come as a surprise to see that Kent tops the list, but it just goes to show that you don't need to go that far afield in order to enjoy a great family break. As for how to make the most of these European destinations? Again, preparation is key – there can be some advantage in booking last-minute deals, but if you want to be confident in getting the location and price you want, it's often a good idea to book early.

Be on the lookout for things like voucher codes to cut the cost of your holiday, and cashback sites will often give you money back on your booking, too, so it could pay to do your research. Travel insurance is again a must, and if you're heading to the continent, you'll need to make sure you sort your currency exchange requirements in advance, NEVER at the airport – if you leave it until the last minute, you'll spend far more than you need to!

Most popular destinations worldwide

For those with true wanderlust, heading further afield is the only option. A study by, based on the destinations their users have searched for most, has uncovered the top holiday destinations across the world, and the results are in:

  1. Orlando
  2. New York
  3. Bangkok
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Las Vegas
  6. Malaga, Spain
  7. Faro, Portugal
  8. Alicante, Spain
  9. San Francisco
  10. Toronto

This is where getting your money sorted in advance really can pay dividends, particularly as many of these destinations mean you'll want to book for longer than your typical seven-day trip. That'll require a lot of spending money – particularly for those heading to the gambling halls of Vegas! – and you certainly don't want to carry it all as cash. That's where travel credit cards can come in.

Unlike most regular cards, travel credit cards won't charge you extra for using them abroad, with most having low (or no) foreign transaction fees. Those who would rather not use credit may like to consider pre-paid travel cards instead – you pre-load it with your chosen currency, so there's no need to worry about blowing the budget – but either way, leave your UK-based card at home and you can be confident that you won't come back to an eye-watering bill.

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