Whether it’s a short getaway down up coast of ‘Straya or a months-long expedition through the most far-flung Peruvian jungle imaginable, taking a break from everyday life is not only enjoyable; it’s necessary.
But where do you decide where to go when you’ve decided to go?
Everyone’s got their old faithfuls (never met a Perthonality who didn’t love Bali) but sometimes you want to go somewhere you won’t bump into Tom, Dick and Harry. Somewhere you can get a fire Instagram pic and people will blow up your celly with the “but where tf are you?” comments.
1. Tulum, Mexico
Eternal ‘It girl’ Cara Delevingne recently celebrated turning 25. What did she do to celebrate?
She took a boatful of her best friends on a luxury getaway to Tulum.
I am so lucky to have such incredible friends, thank you for inspiring and supporting me ladies #Sexico ????????????????????????
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Among her crew was model-of-the-minute Abwoa Aboah, Vogue casting director Tallulah Bernard, Game of Thrones actress Jazzy De Lisser and Mark Ronson‘s ex-wife, Josephine De La Baume.
They rode on luxury boats, visited ancient ruins and lapped up the Mexican sun at a $10K a night (per person) luxury villa.
Whether you go full luxe or visit on a shoestring budget, Tulum is out of this world. It’s famous for deep blue cenotes, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, lush jungle and a near-constant warm Caribbean breeze. While it’s growing in popularity, it still retains a laid back community vibe.
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It’s basically as close as you can get to heaven on earth.
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The castle is a history-lovers dream, having been built way back in the 1130s. It has seen civil wars, sieges and conflicts, as kings fought with rival barons, faced rebellion and clashed with republican forces.
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These days though, it’s a huge drawcard for visitors. Sitting atop a hill with the best vantage point across the North Sea, the historically-significant site is basically a heritage listed collection of walls and towers.
Old Parcel’s Office, a groovy (eww sorry I said that word) industrial art space:
It has been fun making lots of minecraft characters for coastival arts festival #minecraft #art # coastival
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And Crescent Art Centre:
I’ll be at the Crescent Arts Centre for most of the day invigilating /Adˈvɑːnst/. The new exhibition currently running at the Crescent. If your in the Belfast area, pop by and have a chat! It’s definitely worth a visit! Runs till the 23rd July! ✨✨#new#exhibition#2016#graduates#staff#new#work#show#team#painters#visual#artists#contemporaryartist#fineart#Belfast#city#amazing#gallery#beautiful#diverse#work#worth#avisit#holidays
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3. Reykjavik, Iceland
The incredible northern lights are back! ???? The summer is ending and now it’s time for the beautiful fall colors and some northern lights! ???? Double tap if you have seen the northern lights ???????? photo by: @jvn.photo
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The country’s capital, Reykjavik, is an arty Instagrammer’s paradise. They’ve got streets lined with candy-coloured houses, museums full of viking history and ponies, so many wild ponies.
The capital city sits pretty on a sparking silver sea and is overshadowed by snow-capped mountains. It’s wondrous.
Blue lagoon, Iceland.
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Locals call it the ‘hidden gem’ of the Italian Riviera, and it’s considered as the doorway into the Cinque Terre.
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The town sits on the coastal line across the end of a striking valley, wooded thick with pine and olive trees. The streets have that Italian charm you’d expect in a Diane Lane film but lack the touristy vibe you get in the country’s most well known towns. With only 6,000 permanent residents, it’s as local as you can get.
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#italia #italy❤️ #liguria #levanto
A post shared by Marina Lemaeva (@marinalem) on Sep 10, 2017 at 9:56am PDT5. Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
A moody shot of the Isle of Skye captured by @the_kafka . The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly major island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It’s abundant wildlife includes eagles, seals, whales, otters and deer. Skye’s coastline of bays and peninsulas, combined with the black Cuillin mountain range, create a stunning landscape. . Tag us to be featured ????????
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A readers’ poll by travel company Rough Guides have counted the top twenty most picturesque places in the world and Scotland has come out on top thanks to their their wild, wooly beaches and deep lochs.
The beautiful Scottish highlands never fails to disappoint. It’s famous for crumbling castles, thunderous bagpipes and kilts worn commando-style. And now, the Great British land is famous for one more thing: being voted the world’s most beautiful country. Tap on our link in bio to read the full article. ????@aridley88 #VisitScotland #Scotland #EnglandandScotland
(I’d say Outlander probably helped, too.)
Are you salivating for a trip yet? Do you like the idea of group travel but want to stay in control of where, when and what you do? You’re in luck. Come 2018, Contiki are launching their first ever Independent Insider tour. It’s basically a fully-customisable Eurotrip but without the rigid itineraries and wake up calls, but with the benefit of making lifelong mates.
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