Three Long Haul Holiday Destinations Worth Travelling to This Summer
Looking to travel further afield this summer? Get inspired by our collection of long-haul holiday destinations. We fly all over the world – from Europe to Africa – so we know the best places to visit and the top things to do when you get there. With so many options providing a wealth of varied itineraries, picking where to go can be tough. From the white sands of Dubai to the souks of Marrakesh, here are three of the best long haul holiday destinations worth visiting this summer.
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A cosmopolitan cityscape with pristine beaches, world-class restaurants and an exciting nightlife; Dubai is a holiday destination like no other. This ambitious city is more than brunching and swanning around massive shopping malls. Sure, it’s luxurious and packed full of gimmicky entertainment but it also has a strong culture and unique architecture that begs attention.
Top things to do in Dubai
- See the view from Burj Khalifa
Standing 828 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower and naturally dominates Dubai’s skyline. On a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is simply outstanding. For a more expensive ticket price, you can go up to floor 148 – at 555m high, this is the highest observation deck in the world.
- Browse the shops in the Dubai Mall
You can’t visit Dubai without taking a trip to one of its mega shopping malls. With over 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, you could spend days in the Dubai Mall. Not to mention its indoor theme park, ice rink, indoor waterfall, choreographed outdoor fountain and the giant Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
- Take a boat trip from Palm Jumeirah
A man-made island in the shape of a palm tree – there’s a reason locals say ‘only in Dubai’. One of the largest artificial islands in the world, Palm Jumeriah hosts a vast array of high-end hotels and fantastic dining options. Boat trips around and skydives over the island are a popular activity.
- Quad Bike through the Desert
Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai is the Arabian Desert. Take a desert safari Dubai-style with off-roading, quad biking and sandboarding followed by traditional barbeques, henna and camel rides.
- Visit the many Beaches
With close to 1,000km of soft, sugary shoreline in Dubai, you will be spoilt for choice when It comes to beaches. There are plenty of public beaches that are free for all, as well as private beaches and luxurious beach clubs. Visit Sunset Beach for the iconic ‘holding up the Burj Al Arab’ photograph, Kite Beach for water sports or Al Mamzar Beach Park for sheltered beach, lagoons and lush barbeque areas.
- Enjoy a Friday Dubai Brunch
The brunch scene in Dubai is a big deal…famous for great (often bottomless) food and drink, lively atmosphere and beautiful people. Brunch is a dining indulgence that Dubai has taken to new heights. Brunches typically run on Fridays (Dubai’s weekends run from Friday to Saturday) from noon to 4pm, be warned they’re not cheap!
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If Dubai’s artificial vibe isn’t your cup of tea, you might prefer a trip to the stunning island of Jamaica.
A jewel of the Caribbean, Jamaica offers a kaleidoscope of scenery, with beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and friendly locals. Sure, you could spend your time in Jamaica never leaving your all-inclusive resort, but why would you want to do that when you could be discovering old pirate towns, live reggae music and spicy jerk chicken! Read on to discover the best things to do in Jamaica.
Top things to do in Jamaica
- Bathe in the Dunn’s River Falls
There are some amazing waterfalls in Jamaica and Dunn’s River Falls are probably the most famous. The falls here are 180 feet high and 600 feet long and lead out into the Caribbean Sea. You can take a guided climb of the waterfall, hike a trail alongside it or just relax on the beach at the bottom.
- Visit Jamaica’s Beaches
There are so many amazing beaches in Jamaica it’s hard to pick a favourite. Whichever beaches you choose to visit, you will be rewarded with natural white sand, crystal clear waters, and shady palm trees. Enjoy the picture-perfect sands of Montego Bay, the water sports at Negril Beach and the sun-soaked paradise of Frenchman’s Cove.
- Hike in the Blue Mountains National Park
Along Jamaica’s eastern edge, you’ll find the majestic Blue and John Crow Mountains, a scenic masterpiece for nature lovers. Hiking through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Blue Mountains is an amazing experience whilst in Jamaica. There are many walking routes of varying difficulties available, and you can choose to follow a guide or navigate yourself. The area is also the source of the world-famous, fragrant Blue Mountain Coffee.
- Listen to tunes at the Bob Marley Museum
You don’t have to be much of a reggae fan to enjoy a bit of Bob Marley. Well, a colourful wooden house on Hope Road in Kingston was where Bob Marley lived and recorded from 1975 until his death in 1981. Today the house functions as a museum and shrine, including an hour tour where you will get to see Marley’s personal treasures, his recording studio and more.
- Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
With glistening, turquoise blue waters surrounded by lush greenery, Blue Lagoon wouldn’t look out of place in a travel magazine. What’s more, the water here changes colour through every shade of jade and emerald throughout the day. From the lagoon, you can take a short boat ride to the nearby Cocktail Beach or Monkey Island.
- Eat fresh seafood at the Pelican Bar
Located in the middle of the ocean on the South Coast of Jamaica, this thatched hut on stilts is hands down the coolest bar on the island. The only way to access the bar is via a 20-minute boat ride and if you’re lucky, you might spot wild dolphins and sting rays on the way. Once there, you can sunbathe, swim in the shallow water, drink an ice-cold beer and eat fresh seafood (food must be ordered ahead of time). It’s the ultimate place to chill.
The gateway to Africa and a country of spell bounding diversity, Morocco provides epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts and the warmest of hospitality. Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture or relaxation, Morocco has something for you. From skiing to sandboarding, incredible history and coastal towns offering beautiful beaches and amazing surf spots, there’s so much more than you first thought.
Top things to do in Morroco
- Hike around the Atlas Mountains
Spanning Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the Atlas Mountains are one of the world’s most breathtaking mountain ranges. Explore Berber villages, rare birds and green valleys. Most people visit the mountains to trek for several days, but a day trip is enough to give an enticing snapshot.
- Enjoy a camel ride around the Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is the biggest and probably the most well-known hot desert on the planet and can be explored from a number of places in Morocco. The huge dunes of Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, are a splendid sight. Camel trekking, camping, and photography are among the area’s top activities.
- Admire the history of Morocco’s Imperial Cities
Morocco has four imperial cities offering a wealth of experiences and attractions. Spend a couple of days appreciating the splendour of Marrakesh’s historical sites, browse bargains in the souks, unwind in pretty gardens, and wander through the frenzied streets of the medina. Admire striking architecture in Fez, enjoy the calmness of Meknes and explore the country’s capital city, Rabat.
- Relax on the Moroccan Coast
From Agadir to Tangier, the Moroccan coast feature beaches to suit any mood. Whether you’re seeking a popular tourist seaside resort or a hidden local cove, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Enjoy coastal walks, get involved in some water sports or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful views. Camels, horses and quad bikes are available on many of the popular beaches.
- Visit one of the many Waterfalls
Morocco is home to several spectacular waterfalls that are well worth a visit. The most popular to visit is Ouzoud Waterfalls, easily visited on a day trip from Marrakesh it offers stunning views, swimming and hiking opportunities. Paradise Valley, near to Agadir, has a number of falls for you to enjoy – take a dip in the cold natural pools that are surrounded by palm trees and mountain.
- Soak up the culture at Dkemma El Fna
Marrakesh’s Diemma El Fna square is Morocco’s centrepiece. Within Marrakesh’s main square you will find exotic performers, Moroccan chefs cooking in the open air, small shops welcoming you into the Marrakesh Medina, traditional cafés and high-end terrace restaurants.