New year, new annual leave days. Annual leave is your chance to take some time off work to do what you want. Most people will use their annual leave to book a holiday.
Whether planning a week or longer, staying somewhere warm, or taking a weekend break in a city to explore, holidays are an excellent opportunity to unwind, recharge your batteries and immerse yourself in the culture.
You could follow some of the travel trends for 2023 that many are likely to follow. Or you could choose to go down a different route entirely. If you are planning on traveling in 2023, here are a few places to consider visiting and how to plan a memorable trip.
A Weekend In Paris
Like many of us, the videos of the heavenly-looking hot chocolates and the scoops of cream mixed in have caused our mouths to water. Matched with picturesque buildings and iconic landmarks scattered throughout the city, Paris is the perfect weekend getaway spot. You could spend an afternoon sightseeing, taking a stroll down the Parisian streets. Or if you were tempted by the art, spend time wandering around the Louvre museum. Either of these will likely work up an appetite, so why not head over to one of the many restaurants and indulge in some fine French cuisine.
Consider the time of year when traveling to Paris. The autumn/winter months can be quite chilly, and if you do not want to be wrapped up in multiple layers when wandering around, look at traveling to Paris in the spring/summer months when the temperatures are a little higher. Unless you are planning to watch any of the sporting events at the Olympics in 2024, going to Paris in 2023 might be the ideal time to find affordable accommodation and transport.
Viva Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. A popular phrase used to describe the eccentric and iconic city and the adventures many embark upon when they arrive. The bright lives, the Strip, warm weather and big production shows performed most evenings are just some of the attractions that have thousands descending on the city annually.
One thing that Vegas is most known for is the casinos. To help get you in the mood for a trip to Vegas, spend some time playing a few online casino games. Build up your confidence playing the games. This way, you can feel more prepared when you step foot into one of the many casinos Vegas offers. Search online for the most exciting online casino for experienced players, and choose the one with the most enticing offers. These can help to give you a better chance of success.
Eurovision In Liverpool
Europe’s biggest music competition is coming to Liverpool! That’s right, Liverpool was chosen as the hosting city for Eurovision in 2023, and the city is buzzing with excitement. Talented artists from across Europe, and Australia, will descend on Liverpool to complete the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. It will be a night of fun, chaos and, of course, music.
If you are hoping to attend, planning is crucial. Think about accommodation as the city is seeing high demand from Eurovision enthusiasts looking to attend the event. This high demand is being matched by soaring accommodation costs. Spend time looking at the different costs for accommodation the weekend of Eurovision. See if it is possible to book accommodation out of the city centre to reduce the prices. Look at what transportation will be like, and if you could travel into the city and back out once the event has ended. It will undoubtedly be a night to remember, regardless of which country wins, but it will most definitely be one you want to attend.
UK Staycation To York
Not all the places you have to visit have to be abroad. You could easily travel the length and breadth of the UK, finding some hidden gems that lie within. Why not pop over to York and explore this beloved city? York is a popular tourist destination for those living in the UK and abroad. The rich history, endless ghost stories and picturesque views continue to draw visitors year after year.
The city walls can offer a great walking trail that allows you to see the city from different viewpoints. After finishing your wall walk, you could go through the city centre streets to find The Shambles, York’s most historic street. The medieval, cobbled street is home to some of the most well-preserved medieval buildings and famous shops, including the viral sensation The York Ghost Merchants. After picking up a handmade ghost, you could visit the Minster, spend an afternoon in the Jorvik Viking Centre, or have afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms. If you hope to attend during the festive period, you can also wander around the Christmas markets to pick up some last-minute gifts.
The Grand Budapest
Bursting with history, great food, striking architecture, and an abundance of things to do, consider booking a trip to the grand Hungarian capital, Budapest. This vibrant city welcomes thousands of visitors every year, and it is understandable why it is such a beloved holiday spot. There is an endless choice of things to see and do. The traditional Hungarian food offers many mouth-watering dishes and unique bars to have a drink at. For instance, the Ruin Bars are one of the most popular due to the interiors and multiple choice of vendors within.
For something more relaxing, you could visit one of the several thermal baths the city is renowned for. Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe, but it is also the most popular in Budapest. Visitors to Széchenyi have the choice of various pools to take a dip into.
There are two large thermal baths outside and several inside to choose from, along with a few steam rooms and saunas to relax in. If you visit the baths, take your flip-flops and towels. If not, you will have to buy them there, which can be costly.
Whether you choose to travel abroad or stay in the UK in 2023, you will likely find a holiday you will love. If you travel alone, with friends or a loved one, you can make it a memorable trip with the activities you get up to.