Just like that, 2018 has come to a close.
While we don’t quite know where the time has gone, what we do know is that we are already planning our holidays for 2019.
With an average of 25 annual leave days for workers in the UK, the hardest question is always where to spend your precious holidays each year.
To help you out, below is our edit for the 10 best places to go during each month of the year – 120 destination ideas in total.
Whether you want a snowy escape at the bottom of the world or a sun-filled holiday in the tropics, below is a guide to help fuel your wanderlust.
With the festive season over and seemingly endless dreary weather on the horizon, January is arguably one of the best times of the year to book a holiday. Why not head to Patagonia, Slovenia’s Lake Bled or New Zealand for a chance to clear your head? Or, if you’re after some winter sun, try Jamaica or Bali.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in January here.
The coldest winds tend to hit in February and every year they catch us by surprise, which is why this month we tend to focus on finding somewhere warm to holiday. Morocco, Brazil and Cambodia are all wonderfully humid and exotic while Switzerland and Norway offer nearby winter wonderlands.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in February here.
Whether you want to enjoy some early summer rays or hit the last of the powdery pistes, March is all about searching for blue skies. Head to Cuba for endless sunshine or to the Maldives to experience the end of its high season. March is also a great time to visit Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or Rajasthan in India where the weather will be dry but not too hot.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in March here.
Thanks to the Easter weekend, April has long been a favourite time of the year for Brits to take holidays. This April, consider heading to Ethiopia during the dry season for out-of-this-world landscapes, Japan for cherry blossom season and to Lisbon for cheap flights and warm days.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in April here.
May marks the beginning of warmer weather in the UK and we begin to jet off for our pre-high season sunny breaks. Head to a yoga retreat in Ibiza, experience warm, dry days in the Seychelles, go on a safari in Botswana or visit the Scottish Highlands before the midges strike in summer.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in May here.
Undoubtedly one of the best times of year to go on holiday, June marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere and brings warmer temperatures without the hordes of tourists. This is the perfect time to head to Greece, visit the west of Ireland or go on a bucket list trip to Rwanda.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in June here.
With summer and the school holidays now in full swing, July is the perfect time to look further abroad. Try a long-haul holiday to Australia, New Zealand or Tanzania or keep it closer to home and experience our famous European summer with jaunts to Positano, Costa Brava and Bordeaux.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in July here.
Stay closer to home this August with trips up to Edinburgh for the annual Fringe Festival, to the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall or hop across the Irish sea to Galway for a summer road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. Further abroad, Iceland, Austria and Croatia are also ideally visited in the August sunshine.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in August here.
School’s back, which means if you are sans kids, September is a great time to soak up the last of the summer sun. Head to Albania, China and French Polynesia for somewhere different or stick to European favourites like Croatia, Greece and Italy for guaranteed balmy evenings.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in September here.
October marks a change of season as the leaves turn from green to gold, but there are still places you can go to chase the warmer weather. Try Western Australia for white sandy beaches and vast expanses of outback, Seville in Spain for balmy days or to Romania to visit the original Dracula’s birthplace – October is Halloween after all.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in October here.
Christmas arrives early to the UK in November when the Oxford Street Christmas lights in London are turned on at the beginning of the month. But if you want to avoid the pre-Christmas madness, opt for a long-haul holiday to Turks and Caicos, Kathmandu or California or stay closer to home with a city break to Lithuania.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in November here.
A pre-Christmas trip is always a good idea – as long as you’ve got all your Christmas shopping sorted beforehand. This December, head to Zermatt in Switzerland for pretty powdered pistes, Vanuatu for a taste of the island life or Antarctica for the trip of a lifetime.
You can read our complete guide for where to travel in December here.
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