Reset Inspiration #006
Making decisions is hard, especially when it comes to some well deserved R&R. We've taken the hard work out of your holiday planning so you can sit back, relax, and rest assured that we're here to offer a helping hand with some inspiration each month, covering the why, when, and most importantly, where.
Relax: Phu Quoc - Vietnam
When: November - March
If you're a sucker for white sand beaches, then you'll be a sucker for Vietnam's most popular southern island, Phu Quoc. Almost as if it was designed with budget luxury in mind, travellers are offered £5 massages on the beach and £2 cocktails as they watch the sun go down. If that isn't enough to tempt you, Phu Quoc has its own Vietnamese answer to Disneyland - part of the luxury Vinpearl Hotel Group, Vinpearl Land is open to any tourist looking to have a fun day out. Vinpearl also offers its own safari park on the island where you can see a variety of rare native species and exotic animals.
Not to be missed is Starfish Beach, where hundreds of starfish the size of your face chill at the bottom of crystal clear waters. Then, when you're all tuckered out from exploring, you can head to the main strip in Duong Dong and try some of the locally brewed beer for less than 50p.
Where to Stay: Vietnam is a dream for affordable luxury. From 5* hotels to family-run B&Bs, you can find a place to stay on every budget. We recommend the Duong Dong area if you like to be have oodles of local eateries on your doorstep.
Culture: Seville - Spain
When: March - May & September - November
Known as Spain's Frying Pan in the summer, Seville is a fantastic place to go for a sunny European winter break. Reaching up to 18c even in the depths of January, this little area of Andalusia is a fantastic mix of mouth-watering cuisine, historical sights and architecture, and cheap, delicious cava. Home to more famous sites than you could hope for, plan your trip with visits to Seville Cathedral, Plaza de España, and the Real Alcazar, then wind your way through the cobbled streets that offer some of the best of Spain's cuisine, from paella, to patatas bravas.
If you have time, try and squeeze a trip to Cordoba into your itinerary, whose Mosque, Alcazar, and Roman Bridge attract some of the keenest history buffs in the world. When you've immersed yourself fully into Spanish culture and feel it's time to take a break, head over to Marbella or Malaga just 2 hours away for a bit of time by the sea.
Where to Stay: Staying in Seville's city centre is a great idea if you like to step outside of your hotel and have the main sights within walking distance. Most of the narrow streets in the centre are either pedestrianised, or pedestrian priority, and parking is expensive so it's good to bear this in mind if you choose to stay further out. There are plenty of gorgeous AirBnbs in the area that a perfect for a true local feel.
Adventure: Yosemite National Park - USA
When: All Year Round (Peak season is Summer)
The infamous MacBook screensaver, this breath-taking National Park has been on most people's bucket lists since day one. Be sure to visit Yosemite Valley, the Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls, but if you have time to spare then you can include off-the-beaten-path adventures into your itinerary.
If it's your thing to get clued up on your surroundings, getting a guide is a must. Guides will be able to point out local wildlife and tell you about the geological history of the area, as well as getting you familiar with the trails available for your experience level. Whether you're looking for a challenge or just to raise the heart rate a little bit, Yosemite can provide the perfect adventure for every kind of traveller.
If you're getting to Yosemite from San Francisco, try to find time to explore Golden Gate City too. From its bohemian neighbourhoods to its world-famous landmarks, State-side adventures can be found both at the tops of mountains and in the hearts of cities.
Where to Stay: From camping to lodges to hotels there is something for everyone at Yosemite. If you do choose to camp, make sure to bring enough layers to stay warm at night.