The Top Travel Tips For 2017
Let’s face it, none of us want to be sitting at the desk, standing in the workshop, perched behind the counter at the café, or wherever else your work environment may be. We all dream of being somewhere else. Some dream of tiny cocktail umbrellas, others look forward to the day that they are standing in front of a sheer rock face with nothing but a harness, some rope, and a deep (and misplaced) sense of invincibility. Whatever the reason, each and every one of us wants to not be working. To this end, we will sit and scroll through endless variations of flights to places we can’t afford, wistfully swiping away our dreams.
This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s entirely possible to have an amazing holiday experience for the cost of buttons. I’m going to say metaphorically here before someone takes that literally and tries to sue me for false representation. There are myriad opportunities to go away on a budget but still feel as if you’re living a cost free, care free lifestyle. It should be noted that this is going to be centred around Europe, because I’m European. Sorry rest of the world.
So where to go?
It’s got sights, culture and cuisine, yet Lisbon’s rarely mentioned alongside southern European heavyweights such as Barcelona or Rome. If this mystifying lack of recognition is what helps the Portuguese capital remain a bargain, long may it continue. Add the weakness of the euro, and the city looks like an unbeatable deal. Should you need more persuasion, though, consider the museums: from Egyptian artefacts at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian to pop art at Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon groans with them, but the appetite appears unsated: a museum devoted to the history of Judaism in Portugal is coming to the Alfama district in 2017.
Overlooking the extraordinarily blue waters of its eponymous lake, Ohrid enjoys a stunning position that is best viewed from a boat. From the water you’ll see the town’s terracotta roofs broken up by centuries-old church spires (the city claims once to have had 365) and overlooked by the turreted walls of Car Samoil’s Castle. Ohrid has transformed itself from Macedonia’s religious centre to its busiest holiday resort, and its beaches are the best by far in this otherwise landlocked nation. However, a planned new lake-shore development will likely change this sleepy town forever, making now a great time to go.
They used to call her the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, but – though she’s hit the snooze button a few times – Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action. The new LGV Sud-Ouest line, due for completion in mid- 2017, connects the city with Europe’s high- speed train network and cuts travel time from Paris to just two hours. Its timing is perfect. The recently opened Cité du Vin continues the impressive redevelopment of the Garonne riverfront with a state-of-the-art wine-lovers’ experience, and the city’s gastronomic revolution keeps building on its own success. She’s going to skip breakfast: all aboard for Bordeaux’ grande bouffe!