Holiday dreaming: Top destinations for post-pandemic travel inspiration

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26th February 2021

By Evie Goodwin

Glittering pebbled beaches, sunset strolls in cobbled streets, and sipping on Aperol spritzes in the sun. Daydreaming about future holidays is one of my favourite ways to (metaphorically) escape the grey reality the U.K for a while. Even though it’s not advisable to make any actual travel plans just yet, I find thinking about future trips to the sun motivating and therapeutic. Our current reality won’t last forever and it’s encouraging to think about a potential return to normality, however hypothetical that may be. Here is my list of dream holiday destinations to use for your own inspiration, or for just a few minutes of escape. Since we’re working with a student budget, all destinations listed are in Europe or the UK and can be experienced inexpensively.

Brac Island, Croatia

This Croatian island is a Mediterranean paradise, accessible via 1-hour ferry from Split. The resort town of Bol is the place to stay, with an abundance of restaurants, inexpensive Airbnb’s and host to possibly Croatia’s most famous beach, Zlatni Rat. A pleasant walk along the seafront from Bol’s picturesque harbour, will take you to any one of the surrounding beaches, which all feature long stretches of shallow, crystal clear water.

Bol Harbour (Image courtesy of Evie Goodwin)

One of Bol's many surrounding beaches (Image courtesy of Evie Goodwin)

Chania, Crete

This ancient town in Western Crete has been on my list for a while. A change of pace from the popular party towns of Malia and Hersonissos, Chania offers a more laidback nightlife in the form of bars and restaurants dotted amongst the old town. The town is said to have an atmosphere similar to Florence or Venice, due to its narrow, cobbled streets and 14th century Venetian harbour. If wandering aimlessly and good food and wine is your thing, definitely consider visiting.

Chania old town and waterfront ( Image courtesy of Pinterest)

Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of the smallest European Capitals, the city of Ljubljana is notable for its impressive green spaces and beautiful architecture. The university population here means cheap food and accommodation options are in abundance. Plus, the numerous bars that line the river are perfect for a chilled evening. Take the train or bus an hour outside of the city for a day trip to Lake Bled, an absolute must see.

Ljubljana Old Town (top), Lake Bled (bottom)

(Images courtesy of Evie Goodwin)

Seville, Spain

I had planned on visiting Seville last summer, tempted by its well-rated hostels, traditional Spanish tapas and the promise of year-round blue skies, but 2020 had other plans. This city is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, and well known as the hottest city in Europe- temperatures often reach above 40°C in the summer months! It’s therefore recommended to visit in the Spring or Autumn, when temperatures cool down enough to appreciate this highly walkable city.

Plaza de Espana, Seville (Image courtesy of In Between Pictures blog via Pinterest)

Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK

Cornish holidays seem to be a staple of the British summer, and although I’ve only visited this little fishing village for the day, I fell in love with Port Isaac. The town falls within both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Heritage Coast Area, recognised by Natural England, so you can count on its picturesque qualities. The view of the sunset over the Atlantic is incredible, and luckily most accommodation faces out over the water due to the town’s hilly nature. Port Isaac is perfect for a 2–3-night UK staycation.

(Image courtesy of Nancy Johnson-Kelly)

Berlin, Germany

It’s well known that the nightlife and atmosphere in Germany’s largest city is unlike anywhere else, which is why I was so excited to visit in June 2020! Even though it’ll have to wait a while longer, the unique cultural flair, art-scene and nightlife mean that Berlin is staying on my list. Aside from the partying, Berlin is well worth visiting for its historical significance and important landmarks, including the remains of the Berlin Wall and its sobering Holocaust Memorial. It is also incredibly cheap so perfect for a quick, budget trip or a stop off on a backpacking route. Spend your time in one of the city’s sprawling beer gardens, or lounge on the edge of the river like a local.

(Image courtesy of Not a Nomad blog via Pinterest)

We’d love to hear where you are most excited to visit in the comment section!

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