In our dreams, this will be a New Year's Resolution - to take a fabulous trip every month, ideally one of these. Print this out for future reference.
January – The Alps
The Alps offer some of the most picturesque slopes in the world. Both skiers and non-skiers can relax and enjoy the exquisite beauty of one of the alpine villages with their chocolate box traditional charm or one of the ‘ski in ski out’ resorts that provide access to some of the best skiing anywhere. With world class hotels and restaurants together with exciting and lively après ski the Alps offer an exciting experience for everyone.
February - India
India offers an overwhelming variety and intensity of experience. It is a mystical land with a rich history that has spawned palaces, temples and monuments to rival any on earth, from the gleaming white Taj to the palaces of Udaipur. Bustling cities complement the majestic grandeur of the Himalayan foothills and the sweeping plains of Rajasthan.
March - Australia
Australia is a truly vast country with stunning landscapes, friendly cities, exotic wildlife, and a unique indigenous culture. Australia is a place of inexhaustible travel opportunities, from the Great Barrier Reef and the wine-rich vineyards of the Barossa to the dry expanses of the Australian Outback and the tempting azure waters that flank the sweeping honey beaches.
April - Bali
Bali is sometimes described as ‘The Island of the Gods’, it offers something very enchanting and magical. Discover the temples and local crafts of Ubud, admire the rice paddies that trip down hillsides like giant steps, or simply lie on one of the sugar white beaches and soak in the sun.
May - USA
The USA offers more holiday options than anywhere else in the world. Choose between the glamorous buzz of Hollywood; the fabled beachfronts in Palm Beach; the bright lights of Vegas; the attractions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, or the flamboyant white sands and laid-back vibe of Miami. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that hugs the Californian coast and experience different landscapes. Open your eyes and see a world full of infusive beauty and intrepid adventure, tropical sun and mountain cool, fast paced cities and fashionable beaches.
June - China
From the monasteries of Tibet to the rainforests of Yunnan Province, through the deserts of Xongjian to the frozen lundra of Heilongjiang, China offers a vast kaleidoscope of people and terrain unlike anywhere else on earth. Discover the wonders of ancient Beijing the site of the Forbidden City, and Xian, where the amazing Army of Terecotta Warriors stands. For something more relaxing visit Lijiang, the Venice of the Orient, and Guilin set amidst dramatic limestone peaks.
July - Malaysia & Borneo
Malaysia and Borneo are bubbling, bustling melting pots of races, religions and ethnic groups that live together in peace and harmony. One of Malaysia's key attractions are its extreme contrasts of towering skyscrapers looking down upon wooden houses built on stilts and the five-star hotels that sit several meters away from ancient reefs. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm sandy beaches and humid mangroves.
Borneo offers an undiscovered expanse of Jungle Rivers and primeval forests which for centuries sheltered strange savage tribes of head-hunters armed with deadly blowpipes. Today the virgin and secondary forests are a sanctuary for the dense wildlife population like the orang-utans, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, proboscis monkeys, and the many indigenous groups that you can meet up close in their tribal long houses.
August - Kenya
The migration of more than a million wildebeest and zebra is one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles that unfolds between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. For an unforgettable wildlife experience, arrange a safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
September - Croatia
With hillsides cloaked in forestry down to the water’s edge, tiny islands liberally sprinkled along miles of shoreline, and character towns filled with cobbled streets and Baroque churches, Croatia offers something for everyone. As summer comes to an end, Croatia can offer you gorgeous beaches, sailing, great food and first class restaurants and without the expensive price of the other Mediterranean countries.
October - Jordan
For an exciting desert experience, Jordan provides a land of mesmerizing beauty, rich in historical sites, unique landscapes and cultural experiences. With fertile valleys, remote desert canyons, splendid desert castles and roman ruins you can’t fail to be impressed. Gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea or simply stare in wonder at Petra, the ‘rose-red city’, a vast unique city carved into the sheer rock face - here is a destination that appeals to so many senses.
November - Peru
Few countries can offer the geographic diversity of Peru. Consider the vibrant and gastronomically rich capital of Lima, the mighty wall of the towering Andes and the tropical forests of the upper Amazon Basin and its mighty tributaries. Then there is the amazing urban creation on the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu which stands 2,430m above sea level, in the middle of a tropical rainforest, in an extraordinary beautiful setting. Take a cruise down the Amazon or visit Mach Picchu on the Orient Express’ luxury train or head southwards to the remote Colca Canyon, an area of outstanding beauty. Whatever you decide, Peru doesn’t disappoint.
December - Maldives
The Maldives continues to be one of the Indian Ocean’s shining stars, it is a geographical miracle having never experienced an ice age, the diversity of marine life is immense. For divers, the Maldives is recognised as one of the best places in the world to enjoy this activity. For the rest of us, the chance to swim in sparkling water over a reef bright with tropical wildlife and relax on powder white beaches fringed by swaying palms and brilliant turquoise lagoons will make you realise that paradise is not lost.