Holiday planning

Are you the type of person that plans holidays way in advance or the type that loves a good last minute bargain?

I love the idea of trying to pick something up last minute, but every time I have tried, I’ve been disappointed with either the price or lack of options.

Any pointers?

This has lead me to think that the last minute deal is becoming a thing of the past and that the new approach should be to book way in advance.

I love looking online at a range of destinations but you can’t beat a good book to get you in the mood. Lonely Planet have always been my ‘go to’ books for learning all about a holiday destination.

They have some superb new releases out now including: Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World (paperback); 1st edition; £19.99; Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016; 1st edition; £9.99; Cape Town & The Garden Route; 8th edition; £13.99; Chile & Easter Island; 10th edition; £16.99; Cuba; 8th edition; £14.99;


Eastern Europe; 13th edition; £19.99; Europe; 9th edition; £17.99; French Phrasebook & Audio CD; 3rd edition; £7.99; Goa & Mumbai; 7th edition; £13.99; India; 16th edition; £20.99; Italian Phrasebook & Audio CD; 3rd edition; £7.99; Japanese Phrasebook & Audio CD; 3rd edition; £7.99; Pocket Guide Lisbon; 3rd edition; £7.99; Maldives; 9th edition; £14.99;


Mandarin Phrasebook & Audio CD; 3rd edition; £7.99; Mandarin Phrasebook; 9th edition; £4.99; Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra; 4th edition; £15.99; South India & Kerala; 8th edition; £16.99; Spanish Phrasebook & Audio CD; 3rd edition; £7.99; Western Europe; 12th edition; £18.99; Wild World; 1st edition; £29.99; Wine Trails; 1st edition; £19.99.

If you could choose ten destinations to travel to over the next few years where would you choose?

I think this is such a hard one to answer – we often play this game but I struggle because there are lots of places in the world that I have been to that I would like to visit again such as: the USA; Japan; New Zealand; Morocco; Dubai. I also struggle because there must be so many places on earth that are incredible and ten doesn’t leave me many options. However, in no particular order here is my list:

  • Australia
  • Lapland
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Kenya
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Cuba
  • Iceland
  • The Maldives

The trouble is, that there are really too many places to see and not enough time to see them. Wherever I go though, I always take my Lonely Planet guide with me as I just think these are the best. I love the layout of the guides and the photography makes me what to jump on the next flight. The new guides have these super, easy to use maps which make travelling to a new destination much more straightforward. I always loved these guides but the re-vamped ones are even better and an essential travelling companion in my view.

Do you take a guide book when you go on holiday?

Where is you favorite travel destination and where would you love to go one day? We would love to know, any on the list above?

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