Summer Holiday Inspiration

Summer Holiday Inspiration

January 8, 2024 0 By travelyoutopia

Planning your summer holiday early is a good idea for a number of reasons. Booking flights, ferries and trains early means you’ll enjoy cheaper fares, you’ll get the pick of the best self catering accommodation, hotel rooms, restaurants and experiences plus it will give you something to look forward to as you navigate your way through the cold winter months. With more clients contacting me about my concierge service, here are the benefits of using a travel concierge service. I will:

  • Save you money by negotiating the best rates from suppliers, rates you won’t find online
  • Find you the best accommodation based on my knowledge and on the ground contacts
  • Save you time and effort meaning you won’t have to spend hours online searching for the perfect holiday
  • Inspire you with new ideas and ways of travelling
  • Never recommend anywhere that I wouldn’t stay myself
  • Give you all the information, tips, activities, restaurant recommendations and everything you need to ensure you have a holiday to remember

But which places are clients requesting the most and where are the best places to go on holiday in Europe? I’m seeing some trends emerging – here are the top European holiday destinations so far:


You might only think of Austria when considering a winter ski holiday but this country is well worth a visit in the Summer months too. Take your pick of some of the best spa hotels in Europe, numerous hiking trails in the Tyrolean Alps, Sound of Music vistas, excellent food and culture, glacial lakes and summer sports activities to keep any active traveller happy. Some of the best places to visit in Austria include: Salzburg, Vienna, Zell am See, Graz and the Styrian Wine Roads. Not your regular summer beach holiday but with wellness resorts, lakeside swimming and pristine man-made beaches it’s safe to say the Austrians know how to do summer.


From the allure of cosmopolitan Istanbul to the more laid back coastal resorts along the Turquoise Coast, Turkey is having a moment. Travellers are being lured by some of the best luxury beach hotels in Europe, reasonable prices compared to the rest of Europe, great food, fascinating culture, ancient ruins and relatively short flight time from the UK (four-ish hours from London Gatwick). If you’ve explored the Greek islands and want to experience something similar but slightly different, planning a holiday to Turkey is a great option. Opt for Izmir, Kaş, Fethiye, Bodrum, the cave hotels in Cappadocia or atmospheric mountain retreats in the highlands.


Still one of the most enduring holiday destinations in Europe, Italy has it all. Some of the best food in Europe, art and culture that will blow your mind, friendly, passionate locals, breathtaking countryside and a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. While summer in Italy can see you packed in like sardines on the beaches, escape the coastal crowds and head inland to explore the romantic landscapes of Tuscany, foodie hotspots of Emilia-Romagna or rugged beauty of the majestic Dolomites. If you’re craving beaches try one of the Italian islands such as Sicily, explore Puglia or head to the Italian lakes – Lake Maggiore is a good bet.


Spain will always hold a special place in my heart. I love the culture, food, people, cities, music and landscapes. I’ve travelled around most of it on various European road trips with the family and it never fails to disappoint. Sharing my on the ground knowledge with clients is one of my favourite pass times. From the alluring port city of Cadiz to the chic shores of the Costa Brava, let me help you decide where to go in Spain. If you prefer the islands, Mallorca, Ibiza and Minorca are great options when planning a holiday to Spain. Travellers can still enjoy relatively cheap prices when it comes to food, drink and accommodation so booking a summer holiday in Spain is a smart move.


Researching and booking a summer holiday for a family this week in Croatia has bought back some very happy memories of Croatia holidays with family and friends. After driving across Europe to Croatia on our summer holidays, I have experienced numerous stop offs in Croatia and discovered some absolute gems. Croatia boasts around 1,000 miles of coastline, nearly 1,200 islands, stunning National Parks, UNESCO heritage sites and some of the most crystal clear waters I’ve ever seen. Whether you want to spend time on the mainland in buzzy Zadar, head to the Italian-influenced Pula region, explore real-life Game of Thrones sets in Dubrovnik or escape to some of the best islands in Croatia, I can help.


I’m seeing more clients who want to stay closer to home this summer, choosing holidays in the UK. And why wouldn’t you want to make the most of everything the British Isles has to offer with a UK staycation? With some of the best beaches in Europe, a thriving foodie scene, arts and culture, famous nightlife, mountains, lakes and forests, holidays in the UK are perfect for families, solo travellers and anyone who wants to get a real taste of British hospitality. Some of the most popular destinations in the UK include Cornwall, Dorset, The Cotswolds, walking tours of The Lake District and Norfolk.

There’s a special offer running throughout January – £150 per destination. This is how it works:

  • Book a free 15-minute discovery call to discuss ideas
  • Decide on your destination(s)
  • Complete a briefing form highlighting what you need
  • Once payment is received I’ll get to work on researching options
  • I’ll find you the best options to fit your brief
  • I can also share the best shops, bars, restaurants, day trips and off the beaten track spots
  • Once accommodation is booked and secured you’ll have everything you need to be in full control of your holiday

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