Ones to watch in 2014
It’s that time of year again, time for reflecting on the last 12 months and looking ahead to what’s next. This year we’re still expecting big destinations such as Benidorm, Albufeira and Marmaris to remain popular but what new destinations are going to rise? I’ve taken a look at our booking stats, upcoming events and trends to try and predict where is going to be big in 2014.
Holidays to Brazil
Ok so it might be an obvious one, but we can expect big things from this South American country. Undeniably the FIFA World Cup is going to put a lot of focus on the country and no doubt many will be travelling to watch the big games. Of course around the football there is an opportunity to discover beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests and bustling cities. Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Manaus are all preparing for the crowds by improving security in the main towns and making the areas generally more welcoming. It’s going to be an exciting place to be , although still worth visiting regardless of the football. And it’s clear from our booking figures that Brazil is already an up and coming destination with a 93% increase in room nights booked in 2013 compared to the previous year.
Holidays to Greece
Ok so not such a ground breaking revolution that Greece will be popular with tourists, but there are some areas which are growing in popularity. In previous years we’ve seen areas such as Kardamena in Kos and Stalis in Crete remain the most popular resorts across the islands. Whilst these areas are likely to remain popular next year we have already seen an increase in bookings to Tsilivi in Zante and Sidari in Corfu. Tsilivi can be found on the north-east coast of the island, not too far away from the capital of Zante Town. Tsilivi is a traditional Greek village on the coast and has a welcoming attitude towards tourists. This part of the island is perfect for families or anyone looking to relax in a picturesque and traditional setting. Sidari offers more of a party scene and is set to rival other Greek clubbing resorts such as Malia and Kavos. The beaches are blue flag and of course white and sandy, so perfect for lazy days in the sun.
Holidays to Bulgaria
Having been named as one of the best budget destinations of 2014 by Lonely Planet, you can certainly expect to spend less in this somewhat underrated country. Bulgaria offers both beach and city holidays, both at an affordable price. If you like your beach holidays head to Sunny Beach (the name does give it away a little), where you’ll find calm waters, restaurants and bars, ideally suited for a more relaxing holiday. For a holiday away from the beach, Sofia the capital of Bulgaria is certainly worth a visit. It’s a real hidden gem of a city with pretty architecture and entertainment to keep you busy, oh and did I mention it’s cheap? Close by you’ll also find the ski resort of Mount Vitosha, ideal for a budget ski break. Last year we saw a 16% increase in room nights booked to Bulgaria and I’m expecting this to continue rising.
Holidays to Mexico
My final prediction for 2014 is Mexico; with a 48% increase in room nights booked in 2013, it’s hard to ignore the country’s increasing popularity. Another one to make it onto the Lonely Planet budget destinations of 2014, Mexico should not be disregarded as an expensive holiday. One of the most popular holiday destinations is Cancun, which has a lively and fun scene alongside stunning white beaches. Cancun turns into a party area in Spring Break, but most of the year it’s perfectly suitable for all ages and holidaymakers. If you really want to capture Mexico’s beauty then the Riviera Maya area is worth looking into. It offers a quieter pace than Cancun but you’ll still find plenty to do with a local theme park and ancient ruins (Mayan Temple) to visit. The hotels in these parts of Mexico tend to be big, plush and all inclusive but without a big price tag. Mexico is a really beautiful country to visit and it’s certainly worth travelling that little bit further for it.
Are there any destinations that you think I’ve missed? Where are you heading to in 2014?