Madrid

There’s little that can’t be done in and around Reykjavik. Urban scampering leads you from cosy cafes to wool-packed shops full of blankets and jumpers. Music venues foster an intriguing scene, and art fills the streets, galleries and shoreline. In winter, souped up 4x4s get you across snow and ice filled tundras to ice caves, lava tunnels and waterfalls that mesmerise. Though, accessing the open plains on a traditional Icelandic horse has a certain air of authenticity that a monster truck can never really muster. In the seas? Big whales are regular visitors and tour operators get you as close as ethically possible.
Puffins add a splash of colour to nearby islands and the Northern Lights cast ethereal glows over the skies. It may be a land of fire and ice – but Reykjavik’s streets hold as many wonders. A punk museum wedged into a disused public loo might not be for everyone, but it does give a hint at the city’s sense of humour. Elsewhere, the colourful streets deliver a dose of a very different kind of architecture. Ancient Euro/Roman/Baroque stylings have been cast aside in favour of functional buildings. That’s not to say it’s bland. Just different. Which is, after all what we’re all here for. A change of scene. And that’s available in Reykjavik at every turn.

Reykjavik

There’s little that can’t be done in and around Reykjavik. Urban scampering leads you from cosy cafes to wool-packed shops full of blankets and jumpers. Music venues foster an intriguing scene, and art fills the streets, galleries and shoreline. In winter, souped up 4x4s get you across snow and ice filled tundras to ice caves, lava tunnels and waterfalls that mesmerise. Though, accessing the open plains on a traditional Icelandic horse has a certain air of authenticity that a monster truck can never really muster. In the seas? Big whales are regular visitors and tour operators get you as close as ethically possible.

Puffins add a splash of colour to nearby islands and the Northern Lights cast ethereal glows over the skies. It may be a land of fire and ice – but Reykjavik’s streets hold as many wonders. A punk museum wedged into a disused public loo might not be for everyone, but it does give a hint at the city’s sense of humour. Elsewhere, the colourful streets deliver a dose of a very different kind of architecture. Ancient Euro/Roman/Baroque stylings have been cast aside in favour of functional buildings. That’s not to say it’s bland. Just different. Which is, after all what we’re all here for. A change of scene. And that’s available in Reykjavik at every turn.

Copenhagen

For the wanderluster who wants everything at their doorstep but isn’t so keen on spending hours travelling from location to location, there’s no better destination than Vancouver. The Canadian city has an abundance of rare wildlife, some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery and hiking trails on earth, and a thriving cultural scene that can go toe to toe with anything in the Old World. And that’s not mentioning the world class skiing facilities just ninety minutes away.

The great thing about the city is it so seamlessly blends everything you could want, while maintaining a high standard of, well, everything. It’s why you can eat at a world class restaurant on the same day you go whale spotting, or spend an afternoon taking in a serene hiking route and the evening strolling around thriving, historic Gastown. It’s also one of the only cities in the Western world where over half of the residents aren’t native English speakers (hence the varied culinary offerings). Vancouver is a city of extremes, definitely, but one that does them all so well you’ll be wondering why anybody ever leaves.

Skyscraper City of Melbourne skyline from the Gate Bridge

Melbourne

For the wanderluster who wants everything at their doorstep but isn’t so keen on spending hours travelling from location to location, there’s no better destination than Vancouver. The Canadian city has an abundance of rare wildlife, some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery and hiking trails on earth, and a thriving cultural scene that can go toe to toe with anything in the Old World. And that’s not mentioning the world class skiing facilities just ninety minutes away.

The great thing about the city is it so seamlessly blends everything you could want, while maintaining a high standard of, well, everything. It’s why you can eat at a world class restaurant on the same day you go whale spotting, or spend an afternoon taking in a serene hiking route and the evening strolling around thriving, historic Gastown. It’s also one of the only cities in the Western world where over half of the residents aren’t native English speakers (hence the varied culinary offerings). Vancouver is a city of extremes, definitely, but one that does them all so well you’ll be wondering why anybody ever leaves.

Vancouver

For the wanderluster who wants everything at their doorstep but isn’t so keen on spending hours travelling from location to location, there’s no better destination than Vancouver. The Canadian city has an abundance of rare wildlife, some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery and hiking trails on earth, and a thriving cultural scene that can go toe to toe with anything in the Old World. And that’s not mentioning the world class skiing facilities just ninety minutes away.

The great thing about the city is it so seamlessly blends everything you could want, while maintaining a high standard of, well, everything. It’s why you can eat at a world class restaurant on the same day you go whale spotting, or spend an afternoon taking in a serene hiking route and the evening strolling around thriving, historic Gastown. It’s also one of the only cities in the Western world where over half of the residents aren’t native English speakers (hence the varied culinary offerings). Vancouver is a city of extremes, definitely, but one that does them all so well you’ll be wondering why anybody ever leaves.

Aerial view of Kualoa area Mountains of Oahu in Hawaii

Hawaii

Is there a more adventurous set of islands than Hawaii? Thrills are as abundant as the beaches. And, frankly, we wouldn’t want it any other way. If you’re going to give skydiving a go, why not do it in one of the world’s most beautiful drop zones? Take a similar approach to weddings – or pro-posals – if the mood takes. Pop that Hawaiian lei on for the inevitably sumptuous photography and you’ve got yourself a wedding Instagrammers can merely dream of. Already wed? Hitched or single, you’ll do well to venture into the rainforests, lava fields or coral strewn sea beds to feast your eyes on nature’s colour-packed bounty.

San Francisco Bridge - Sea views

San Francisco

Before you prepare your glutes and hammies for San Francisco’s rolling hills, brush up on beans. More specifically, coffee beans. Few beverages are consumed here that haven’t been ground to perfection. Pour over, cold brew, cortado. You’ll need to learn a whole new language. Forging ahead with a multitude of ways to serve a cuppa is just the start. In a city strewn with free-spirited hippies, tech more often than not takes the headlines. Silicon Valley spills out into the streets with frequent opportunities to fly your geek flag unabashed. In fact, whichever flag you’re flying, you’re welcome in San Francisco. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the world’s largest and the city is suitably, and pleasingly, rainbow-clad.

Turkey Mountains and Aegean Sea

Antalya

Don’t be fooled into thinking Antalya’s yet another city the Romans littered with antiquities. Yes, there are ancient walls, artefacts and an olde world harbour to enjoy, but then there’s the rest of Antalya. Which, frankly, is an area so epic and diverse, they really should consider scaling it down a smidge for the more FOMO-challenged among us. Hop in the hire car for 90 minutes to visit a glorious beach – you’re still in Antalya.

Rhodes bay

Rhodes

Rhodes Let’s cut right to the Rhodes chase. It’s one of Greece’s most popular islands for a reason. And, perhaps surprisingly, we don’t think that reason is the happy hour deals in Faliraki. Party-central it may be, but holidays to Rhodes can – and do – delve further than Bar Street’s wealth of nightlife. Obvious…

Hong Kong view

Hong Kong

A holiday to Kos can be many things. Yes, you can book yourself an all inclusive fortnight of sun and singing your heart out in the bars of Bar Street. But you can also flit here as part of an island hopping scamper around the Dodecanese. Or perhaps just set foot ashore for 8 hours as part of a cruise. Better still, find yourself a mid-sized hotel that’s just a little off the beaten track and have a good old rummage through Kos and its many different sides. Harbour-side cocktails al-ways get our vote. Though, you’ll want to rack up some culture points in the castles, ruins and archaeological spots first.