Let us whisk you away to five far-flung places: just while planning holidays with loved ones is on hold. We can but dream for now. So go ahead and fall in love with these beautiful destinations.
ALBEROBELLO, PUGLIA, ITALY
From Verona’s dreamy arena to Tuscany’s verdant hills, there’s nowhere we dream of more often than Italy. Not to mention the food. But for something different and of particular beauty, Alberobello in Southern Italy is home to the beauty of ‘trulli’: traditional dry stone huts with whitewashed walls. The simplicity of design is striking.
IMAGE CREDIT: Photo by Raunaq Patel on Unsplash
SKAGEN, NORTH JUTLAND, DENMARK
Spin your tabletop globe and look right at the top. Head as far North as you can go in Denmark, and you’ll spy a place where two seas collide: Skagen, with its white sands and wild seas (the North Sea and the Baltic Sea) and an unbridled display of dancing light.
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AKAROA, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Drive just South of Christchurch, and you’ll find Akaroa. A small harbour town with French heritage buildings, flowers in abundance and turquoise water that shimmer at the base of surrounding mountains. Photography doesn’t do this place justice, you have to see for yourself.
IMAGE CREDIT: Photo by Michael on Unsplash
TONGA, SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC
The Kingdom of Tonga is also known as The Friendly Islands. Tempted? As the second most at risk country from climate change, it has just received a grant from the Commonwealth in order to adapt. A slow pace of life, with chickens and pigs roaming freely, this is a forward-thinking, yet innately relaxed destination. Set up your hammock between palm trees, hop in and drink it all in.
IMAGE CREDIT: By Uhooep - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
Not far away from the mainland is this coral cay island. Marine life aplenty, you can pop your snorkel mask under the water before breakfast to see a green turtle cruising by. Or head out further afield and dive with manta rays. With sustainability at its heart, this eco resort is postcard perfection.
IMAGE CREDIT: By © Underwater Earth / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Aaron Spence