A real hidden gem in Latin America, Colombia is emerging as one of the hottest destination of 2014. Tainted by years of criminal connotations, those in the know are now tipping Colombia to be the next big thing. From beautiful beaches to unspoilt dive sites and its famous ‘magical realism’ culture, the country has plenty to offer. fly.com has flights from £475 to Bogota from London.
With a variety of new ships taking to the water in 2014, it is estimated that the Caribbean cruise market will have an influx of 8,500 additional cabins. Along with continued discounts across the industry, Travelzoo is offering a seven-night cruise to Florida and the Bahamas including flights to New York and transfers starting from only £979 per person.
Greece’s government is investing heavily in tourism infrastructure including airports, roads and ports making it easier for travellers to enjoy the beautiful mainland and its surrounding islands. TUI is predicting a 10 per cent rise in package holidays. Travelzoo is offering savings of £340 per person on week-long trips to Mykonos; staying in a luxury hotel on a half board basis with a seaview suite and flights from just £599.
The Caribbean island will host a Top Gear Festival in 2014 and Barbados regular Jeremy Clarkson will be joined by Richard Hammond and James May for an awe-inspiring line up of cars and driving talent. Stars will take to the track in a series of Top Gear style stunts and features for the action packed weekend and tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Barbados’ Bushy Park as the circuit reopens for the first time since its renovation by Bushy Park Circuit Inc, the developer and local promoter of the event. Get ahead of the race with a Travelzoo deal to Barbados for £849.
The tourist board is encouraging football fans travelling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup to enjoy a stop-over in Miami and with a host of new hotels opening in 2014. Try this: A five-night break staying at a deluxe South Beach hotel with flights start from £795 which includes a saving of £300 per person.
An increase of flights to Riga over the last few years has brought more competitive fares for travellers looking to explore the capital city of Latvia. Coupled with a short haul flying time of two and a half hours and that the city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2014, Travelzoo has tipped Riga as ‘hot’ for next year. A four-night break including flights, a city tour and a bottle of Latvian liqueur called Riga Balsam starts from £180 per person which includes a saving of 35 per cent.
Visitor figures have been on the up since the end of the civil war in 2009 and in January 2013 alone a staggering 97,411 international visitors visited the country, which was a 13 per cent increase on 2012. British Airways now flies from London to Colombo three times a week and accordingly, the number of operators offering holidays to the destination has increased. Travelzoo has deals which save £300 per person on a 12-nighttour of the country which includes several attractions such as Dambulla Rock Temple and Peradeniya’s botanical gardens and a four-night stay at an all-inclusive beach resort. Packages start from £1,279 per person and include flights.
Iceland will be featuring on people’s screens in 2014 in films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller hitting the cinemas on Boxing Day and Game of Thrones season four. The fantastic island is the on-trend destination for travallers in 2014. Fly.com has some amazing flight deals to Reykjavik with return flights for £149
Next year is Scotland’s ‘Year of Homecoming’ with the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup all being held in the country. The sporting world will be watching with wonder and 2014 will definitely be the year to say, been there…done that! Try this: A gourmet escape to Kinloch House, a luxury 19th-century Relais & Châteaux hotel in Perthshire, with 25 acres of grounds and mountain and loch views. An overnight stay-and-dine package costs £199 for two (usual price £425).
The Lonely Planet named Yorkshire the third best region in the world behind districts in India and Australia. The rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs are an obvious draw and in 2014 the Tour de France’s grand depart will be in Leeds. Travelzoo has a deal for a one night stay at a five star 17th century former coaching inn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for £149. The charmingly named Wensleydale Heifer has a Michelin-listed restaurant and this deal includes £64 to spend towards a meal there, canapes on arrival and a late checkout.