How to find the holiday you really want

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With a world of possibilities out there, how do we make up our minds? Beverley Fearis offers some inspirational advice

Thanks to the internet – and no end of experts – we now have access to a wealth of information about even the most far-flung corners of the world. But, with such a bewildering array of options, how do you make the right holiday choice?

Well, Boundless is here to help, and we've made a start for you when it comes to sifting your options.

Are you after a guided tour or a cruise, perhaps? Or something off the beaten track? Maybe you're planning a solo expedition – or just fancy a bit of winter sunshine? Whatever you set your sights on, Boundless can help you decide where to go – and find you a great deal though one of our Approved Partners. Happy planning!


Grand tour

For even the most independent of travellers, there are times when it’s nice to put yourself in the safe hands of an expert and join an organised tour. If you’re travelling alone or with a friend or loved one, it can be reassuring to let a specialist company, with extensive knowledge of the destination, put together your itinerary and allow you just to sit back and go with the flow. It’s a social way of travelling, too, and often leads to lifelong friendships.

Is it for you?

Travel is social by nature and it’s great to share your travel experience with others, but you’ll need to be flexible and patient as not everyone will go at the same pace. Many guided holidays will incorporate free time, so you can have some time out but have the comfort and security of knowing you can join the rest of the group for breakfast the next morning. It’s also a good option for destinations where you’re less familiar with the language and etiquette.

Go to

Turkey, Morocco, India, China, Vietnam, Russia, Sri Lanka, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa, Japan

Boundless member offers

Travelsphere (boundless.co.uk/travelsphere); Warner Leisure (boundless.co.uk/warner)

Go Experiential

These days, many of us are seeking holidays with adventure, action and unique experiences. We’re looking to master new skills, test our endurance, achieve a lifetime goal, expand our horizons or perhaps just to step out of our comfort zone and go home with a sense of fulfillment and fabulous stories to tell.

Is it for you?

If there’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, or you’ve simply become a bit bored with beach holidays or city breaks, perhaps it’s time for something a bit more challenging. Even the most mainstream of tour operators are now offering add-on excursions, so you can spice up your regular beach holiday with a fun activity. Grape-picking, birdwatching, white-water rafting, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – you name it, there’s a company out there to arrange it for you.

Go to

Scotland, Ireland, Lake District, the Alps, Pyrenees, Croatia, Majorca, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brazil, New Zealand

Boundless member offers

Eurocamp (boundless.co.uk/eurocamp)

Be Prepared 

While some of us are happy to just pack our bag and wing it, others won’t travel without planning every detail of their trip, down to airport transfers, museum visits and even restaurant reservations. Luckily, there’s so much information available to us online, and help at hand from knowledgeable travel experts, it’s possible to arrange pretty much everything you see and do before you leave home.

Is it for you?

A well-planned holiday is a good idea if time is short, if you’re not a regular traveller or if it’s a special celebration where you don’t want anything to go wrong. Extra forward planning is also advisable if you’re travelling with young children or elderly relatives, if you’re going to a city or country where unprepared tourists might fall foul of unscrupulous operators, or if it’s a top tourist destination where even the locals have to book up in advance.

Go to

Rome, Barcelona, Venice, New York, Paris, London, Las Vegas, Thailand, India

Boundless member offers 

Barrhead Travel (boundless.co.uk/barrhead); Belmond (boundless.co.uk/belmond.com)

Local Hero

You’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower, walked the Great Wall, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, but did you really get under the skin of these destinations? You only have to look at the rise of airbnb to see that many of us now want a more authentic experience, swapping city-centre hotels for accommodation in apartments in local neighbourhoods to get a real feel for everyday life.

Is it for you?

If you’re confident enough to forego the security of a hotel concierge, take pot luck on an untranslated menu and don’t mind getting a bit lost, you’re ready to go local. You'll find hidden gems that few other tourists will have discovered and meet real local people who don’t work in hospitality. If you like the idea but you’re not quite brave enough, you can always enlist the help of a local guide.

Go to

Florence, Madrid, Brighton, Amsterdam, Bruges, Nice, San Sebastian, Athens, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Sydney, Melbourne

Boundless member offers

Cottages.com (boundless.co.uk/cottages); Villas4you (boundless.co.uk/villas4you)

Choose to Cruise

Cruising is often dismissed by those who haven’t tried it, but adored by those who have. Thanks to major investment in ships, on-board facilities and entertainment, and the development of more flexible itineraries and exotic ports of call, the popularity of cruising has grown considerably in recent years. In fact, cruising has become the fastest-growing travel sector in recent years.

Is it for you?

Cruises come in all shapes and sizes – from small, intimate river cruises to veritable floating ocean cities, offering everything from exploration, education and ballroom dancing to surf pools, dodgems, climbing walls and West End-style shows. Cruises can also cover some of the most remote corners of the world, which you’d struggle to see by any other means. And, whether you sail for just a few days, a week or take a once-in-a-lifetime world cruise, there’s the added benefit of not having to pack and unpack.

Go to

The Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic, Alaska, Norwegian Fjords, the Danube, the Nile, British Isles

Boundless member offers

Voyages of Discovery (boundless.co.uk/voyages), Swan Hellenic (boundless.co.uk/swanhellenic); Belmond River Cruises (boundless.co.uk/belmond); Barrhead Travel (boundless.co.uk/barrhead)

Simply Solo

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, 17 per cent of global travellers will travel solo for the first time in 2016. Travelling alone can be a truly liberating experience – imagine exploring a destination completely at your own pace, without having to consider the needs of a companion.

Is it for you?

There are potential pitfalls, including safety and security concerns, dining alone and the dreaded single supplements, but plan your trip right and you should be able to overcome all of these. The travel industry is quickly wising up to the needs of single travellers and many will now waive supplements, particularly in the low season. If you don’t like the idea of completely going it alone, you can join other single travellers on a specialist solos holiday.

Go to

The Greek Islands, Lisbon and Porto, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Brittany, Tuscany, Jersey and Guernsey, Dublin, Reykjavik, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand

Boundless Member Offers

Just You (boundless.co.uk/justyou)


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