Where Can I Travel to Right Now?

With the new travel rules now in place for many of us, a whole new world of holiday possibilities has opened up.

From European hotspots to long haul escapes and tropical hideaways, there’s plenty out there to inspire you!

So, if you’re not sure where to start, take a look at some of our favourite destinations you can travel to from the UK now, without needing to quarantine…

11 Places You Can Travel to on Holiday Right Now

1. Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

Many of us have been eagerly awaiting travel to resume to the Maldives. Finally, this magical destination has been removed from the UK’s red list and travellers are now welcome to enter on their holidays.

When should I visit?

The Maldivian islands are the ultimate winter sun destination. Anytime between November and April will be perfect, with dry, sunny weather and beautiful blue skies. The monsoon season generally runs from May to October, with the wettest weather around June.

What can I do there?

  • Take a castaway experience and enjoy a picnic on your own desert island
  • Watch a film under the clear night sky at Soneva Jani
  • Play a round of golf in an incredible setting at Velaa Private Island
  • Unwind at the world’s first underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi

More Maldives inspiration: Where to Stay in the Maldives: Which Island is Best for You?

2. Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley

Portugal was one of the first destinations that reopened for holidays from the UK in 2021 and has been a popular spot all summer long. With sun-kissed beaches along the south and rolling mountains to the north, this is the perfect place for a getaway for families and couples alike.

When should I visit?

While popular in the summer, Portugal is also great for an escape in spring and autumn. While it cools down later in the year, October is the perfect time to go to sample the wines during the harvest season, while the golf courses are available year-round. If you’re looking ahead to next year, families should pencil in Portugal for May half term.

What can I do there?

  • Visit the array of scenic Blue Flag beaches
  • Head to Six Senses Douro Valley to wander vineyards, taste the wines and Port, or sample the authentic cuisine
  • Play on the world-class golf courses with beautiful views
  • Stroll down Vilamoura’s marina and admire the yachts

3. Spain

Ikos Andalusia

Spain needs little introduction to seasoned holiday-lovers! There’s so much on offer here, from the sunny Costa del Sol and city of Barcelona on the mainland, to the Balearics and Canary Islands. From mountain retreats to beachfront bliss, this vibrant country has countless highlights.

When should I visit?

Of course, summer is peak for Spain. But, there are pockets you can visit almost year-round. You can find some last-minute sun in Marbella in October, enjoy the warmth of Tenerife in winter or take a city break to Barcelona come spring.  

What can I do there?

  • Enjoy the chic marina in Marbella and dine at the wonderful array of restaurants
  • Stay at Barcelona’s Hotel Arts to explore the city and taste Michelin-starred cuisine
  • Relax in a spa retreat in Mallorca and potter around the artistic village of Deia
  • Seek out the warm shores of Tenerife for a winter or new year break

4. Turkey

D Maris Bay

Turkey is one of the latest destinations to be removed from the UK’s red list, which is great news for anyone looking to enjoy the scenic beaches, beautiful landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine. Rich in history and culture, and packed with exciting activities, you can choose to hide away in the ‘Turkish Riviera’, enjoy the lively coast of Bodrum or delve into the watersports of Fethiye.

When should I visit?

Outside of summer, early autumn can be beautiful. With a laidback atmosphere, you can still enjoy afternoons with temperatures easily upwards of 20°C, while the sea still has some warmth. You’ll have plenty of daylight to enjoy the sights and walk the scenery, too – or, simply relax at the spa or by your pool with some drinks and mezzes.

What can I do there?

  • Relax on some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches
  • Visit the historic sites, such as Ephesus and the ancient city of Kaunos
  • See the sunken ruins of Kekova, either with a boat trip, a kayaking excursion or by hiking to the top for stunning views
  • Sip on the local wines and fill up on fragrant food along the waterfront

5. Antigua

Curtain Bluff

One of the most popular Caribbean islands, Antigua is warmly welcoming, full of character and bursting with soft sandy beaches. Known for being a world-class sailing destination, you can take boat trips around the coves inbetween relaxing in the sun, dining on the freshest local food and exploring the historic harbours. What’s no to love?

When should I visit?

The Caribbean is known for its winter sun, with many people flocking to its shores once the weather turns chilly back at home. While popular over Christmas, February and March are also great times to visit – perfect timing for a half term break.

What can I do there?

  • Head up Shirley Heights on a Sunday afternoon to join in the renowned barbecue with live music
  • Sail around the coast to really get into the Antiguan spirit
  • Visit Sting Ray City to snorkel among the friendly sea critters
  • Potter around the pretty Nelson’s Dockyard UNESCO World Heritage Site

Take a look at more things to do in Antigua here.

6. Barbados

Cobblers Cove

A true titan when it comes to Caribbean escapes, Barbados is a magnet for luxury travellers! With a reputation for being one of the most sought-after islands, you’ll find a trove of exceptional resorts lining the platinum sands of the West Coast. Loved by families and couples alike, there’s something for everyone here.

When should I visit?

Like Antigua, Christmas is a hugely popular time to visit Barbados. While you might struggle to find availability for 2021, why not plan ahead to next year? If you simply can’t wait, the weather will still be dry and sunny as late as May, so there’s plenty of time.

What can I do there?

  • Spend Friday evening at Oistins Fish Fry and savour a variety of grilled seafood with Caribbean flair
  • Discover the renowned restaurant scene, including fine dining and more laidback fare in incredible settings
  • Go snorkelling and come face to face with the famed hawksbill turtles
  • Make the most of the birthplace of rum, sampling the drink in a punch or sunset cocktail

Want to know more? See all of our top things to do in Barbados.

7. St Barths

Hotel Le Toiny

Sophisticated, picturesque and timelessly elegant, St Barths is fondly known as the St Tropez of the Caribbean. With a chic French influence, come here to sip wine at waterfront bistros, browse luxury shopping boutiques and admire the views of rolling green hills and turquoise waters from the peaceful beaches.

When should I visit?

Another winter sun destination, the dry season runs from November through to April. If you really want to escape the crowds, though, May and June are still sunny and dry. As the sun is also less fierce, you can make the most of the wonderful beaches and terraces.

What can I do there?

  • Spend an afternoon wandering the pretty harbour town of Gustavia with its boutiques, bars and galleries
  • Completely hideaway in your luxury resort
  • Dine on an excellent array of Creole cuisine and fresh seafood catches
  • Hike or take a boat ride to the beautiful beach at Colombier

8. Turks & Caicos

COMO Parrot Cay

Turks & Caicos is a true natural paradise. Out of the 40 islands in this archipelago, only eight are inhabited, making this destination the ultimate in escapism. Here, you’ll find some irresistible private island retreats, where you can recline on the powdery sands, almost entirely undisturbed.

When should I visit?

Like the other Caribbean destinations mentioned, you can visit at any point in the dry season, from December through to April. The lower temperatures of May to August are also perfectly pleasant, and any short bursts of rain can be waited out in your hotel’s spa.

What can I do there?

  • Go snorkelling and see the amazing array of underwater flora, coral and marine life
  • Visit the beaches of Grace Bay, said to be among the most beautiful in the world
  • Try the conch fritters – one of the most popular dishes on the islands
  • Go sailing, windsurfing or kiteboarding in this stunning setting

9. Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah Al Naseem

Pristine beaches, desert adventures, glittering shopping malls and thrilling theme parks – Dubai has plenty to offer! While it’s a favourite family holiday destination during half term breaks, couples will also love the stylish bars and world-class restaurants on offer.

When should I visit?

Avoid the summer months between June and August, as temperatures can reach sweltering highs. Whether you want a new year escape, a family break or a spring treat, Dubai will be a perfect destination.

What can I do there?

  • Head out for a desert adventure and camp under the stars or take an exhilarating dune buggy ride
  • Tick off some of the renowned theme parks, including the dizzyingly high waterslides!
  • Indulge at some of the world’s best spas and hammams
  • Head up the towering skyscrapers for glittering city views over lunch

We’ve got a full guide with more of the best things to do in Dubai.

10. Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

If you’d rather keep away from the bustle of Dubai, head to Oman. This Middle Eastern destination offers a more authentic feel, with striking rugged landscapes and historic forts and mosques in place of glamourous high rises.

When should I visit?

One thing that Oman does share in common with Dubai is its weather. Summer is just as hot, exceeding 30°C frequently. Between November and March, it’s more comfortable, though you’ll still be plenty warm enough with temperatures in the high twenties.

What can I do there?

  • Walk the Wadi Shab and see the emerald water pools glimmering below
  • Visit Muscat’s breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Mosque and admire the fine architecture
  • Explore the historic Nizwa Fort and delve into its souk to taste fresh produce
  • Stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay and dine with breathtaking views of the mountains

11. Mauritius

Trou Aux Biches

The tropical Indian Ocean island of Mauritius offers a truly blissful break. Hemmed by warm waters, powdery sands and coral reefs, the inland comprises swathes of lush rainforest. It also has a rich heritage, with influences from Africa, India, France and China resulting in a colourful culinary scene that will get your mouth watering.

When should I visit?

Mauritius can be a year-round destination, depending on what you’re looking for. Temperatures are highest between December and March, but rainfall does increase. The late summer months are cooler, but dryer. October and November are one of the ‘sweet spots’, but don’t be put off visiting at other times of year.

What can I do there?

  • Explore the beautiful Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the iconic Flic-en-Flac beach
  • Take a hike around the base of the UNESCO-listed Le Morne Brabant mountain
  • Go snorkelling or diving to see the colourful marine life

12. Greece

Ocean view in Santorini

From sleepy Greek islands to thriving nightlife and ancient historical monuments, there’s surely something for everyone in Greece. With plenty of beautiful beaches to explore, and a trove of tavernas from which to sample to local food, there’s more than enough to tempt you in with.

When should I visit?

Depending on where you go, you can make the most of Greece at almost any time of year. You can explore the culture of Athens in March, take a spring break in Peloponnese, enjoy Mykonos in the height of summer or take a romantic break to Santorini as autumn draws in.

What can I do there?

  • Take a boat trip around the pretty coves of Corfu
  • Discover the unspoilt beaches of Halkidiki
  • Watch the sun set over the caldera in Santorini
  • Head to Crete for beautiful mountain scenery, golden beaches and quaint streets to potter around

If you’d like some advice on where you can travel to now, contact us to speak to our Travel Specialists. They’re keeping up to date with every new travel rule and entry requirements across all of our destinations.

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