Searching for your next holiday but unsure where to go? I’ve shared seven useful ways to find a destination that’s perfect for you, and it can be just as simple as using your name! This post is sponsored by Flight Centre UK, but as always opinions are my own.
THE TRAVEL NAME GAME
Flight Centre’s Travel Name Game shows what destinations are popular with people who share your name. If you’re stuck on where to jet off next, this may be all the inspiration you need. Top destinations for ‘Ed’ are Sydney, Las Vegas and Cape Town, comment below yours!
AIRPORT DESTINATION OFFERS & COMPETITIONS
Sign up to Airport newsletters and follow them on social media to see what destinations land in your inbox and news feeds. A bonus is new routes and milestones often come with bargain offers and competitions, such as WOW Air’s fifth anniversary flash sale offering flights to Canada and USA from £99! Why not see if lady luck will help make the decision for you…
Airport competition pages:
Cardiff Airport recently announced new direct flights to the Middle East starting May 2018, connecting the region to far flung destinations like Australia and China via Doha. In September they hosted a giveaway to win 2 Qatar Flights to one of six long-haul destinations!
GET SOME “PINSPIRATION”
Speaking to influencers on social media or reading up your favourite travel blogs (like this one!) is one of the best resources for getaway inspiration. One of the easiest ways to feed my wanderlust is using Pinterest – feel free to see some of my latest pins on Europe City Breaks by clicking here.
Saint Paul de Vence, France
Navigating Pinterest is quite easy, sign up and simply search anything like “South of France” and start pinning new ideas for your next adventure.
VISIT TRAVEL SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
Events like The Cruise Show and Luxury Travel Fair are really useful for obtaining up to date information from industry experts. I always feel inspired after engaging with someone face to face about travel and enjoying hands on experiences at these shows like virtual reality, food tastings and quizzes.
A Place in the Sun Live, NEC Birmingham
Upcoming events for your diary:
- TNT Travel Show, Islington London (October 2017)
- Condé Nast Traveller’s Luxury Travel Fair, Olympia London (November 2017)
- Adventure Travel Show, Olympia London (January 2018)
- Telegraph’s Travel Show, ExCeL London (February 2018)
- Destinations Show, Olympia London (February 2018)
- The Cruise Show, Olympia London (February 2018)
- The British Tourism & Travel Show, NEC Birmingham (March 2018)
If you’re unfamiliar with Stumble Upon, it’s a tool that randomly loads a website based on your likes and interests. By selecting the travel category I’m instantly presented with blogs and articles like The Wonders of Petra by Landlopers and World of Wanderlust’s guide to Secret Small Towns in Europe.
I recently met with Kuoni who have a base in Cardiff’s John Lewis and heard how a customer can have a more personal experience in-store over booking online because of the ability to tailor make your holiday over a glass of bubbly. They do this by pairing the customer with an agent who’s clued up about your areas of interest, often drawing from their own experiences.
From my experience Kuoni is great for honeymooners and luxury seekers, Virgin Holidays for long haul destinations and family trips to Florida, and travel agents like Thomas Cook and Thomson for budget-friendly package holidays and all inclusive deals.
ASK FAMILY & FRIENDS
For unrestraint and totally honest advice, your nearest and dearest are sometimes the best people to ask, after all they know your likes and dislikes and can suggest accordingly from their own experiences.