Say the words 'summer holiday', and chances are you'll picture laying by the pool in a nice hotel abroad. But who says that all summer holidays have to revolve around sunbathing and swimming? If you're looking to do something a bit different this summer or even next year, then have a look at our list and see if any of these tickle your fancy.
1. Head to a festival
Not just for noisy teenagers looking to get drunk, a festival is a great way of experiencing music and entertainment in a whole new environment and getting away from everyday life. Whether it's watching dazzling light displays, listening to amazing live music or even just relaxing with a beer or two, nothing beats the atmosphere of a festive weekend. Festivals like Glastonbury or Bestival see dozens of families attend every year, and although the festival season is already well and truly upon us, there are still tickets up for grabs for some of the smaller events across the UK and even overseas. Pack your wellies and your tent and turn your camping trip into a weekend of a lifetime.
2. Go on safari
Always wanted to see nature's most majestic creatures in their natural habitats? A safari trip could be the perfect choice for you! The word 'safari' means 'to go on a journey' in Swahili, and certainly a safari trip offers a real adventure - a chance to stray off the tourist trail and experience wildlife up close. Whether you're flying down to a national park airstrip where animals roam the runway or trekking up into the rainforests to watch mountain gorillas, make sure you pack some binoculars and you'll have an experience like no other.
3. Set sail on a cruise
From cruising around the Caribbean islands to discovering the hidden gems of the Baltic, a cruise holiday can take you anywhere in the world. Ideal for those who want to see more than one country at a time, you can embrace live on-board and use the time in each port to explore a wealth of new places. Cruise ships are getting more impressive year on year, with cinemas, swimming pools, casinos all becoming the norm, so it's no surprise that they're becoming all the more popular with holidaymakers. Get booked onto an all-inclusive cruise package and you can even enjoy as much food and drink as you like. Perhaps hit the ship's gym every now and again to make up for it!
4. Go hiking
Hate the thought of lounging around and doing nothing all day? If you're the type of person who can't sit still and loves the idea of experiencing great views and challenging yourself, then why not book a trekking holiday? Hiking the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu is one of the most popular options when people think of hiking abroad, but there are so many other great destinations for getting some fresh air and pushing yourself further than you thought. Not only does an active holiday allow you to see more of the world, you can get fitter along the way!
5. Stay at a theme park
One for the thrill-seekers - there's never a dull minute when you go on holiday to a theme park! Whether you're heading to one of the Disney parks or trying out a more unusual theme park, there are so many to choose from across the globe. Perfect for any holidaymaker who wants to keep busy during the day and enjoy spectacular shows in the evenings, theme parks always a great option for families who enjoy endless entertainment.
So what are you waiting for? If you need any help booking your dream summer holiday, then get in touch with our Holidays By Design team and see how we can help!