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Posted 27 Jun, 2013 | No comments
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Where are you off to this summer? As the weather starts to brighten up and with the days being longer, your imagination is no doubt drifting to potential summer holidays. The early birds amongst you might have something booked already, but for the majority of us who don’t the world is our oyster.

So, where’s hot for summer 2013? We’re looking for warm temperatures, intriguing cultures and a bit of history thrown in too. We’re also thinking of making the most of our holiday allocation this summer and visiting a few hot spots. If that sounds like the perfect summer, grab your annual multi-trip travel insurance from Virgin Money, and pack your bags.

Here are our top spots for summer 2013 in both Asia and Europe. 



Whilst the likes of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have long since been top destinations in Southeast Asia, Burma (or Myanmar as it’s now known) is continuing to make waves. For those of you who’ve been to the north of Thailand, you’ll have an idea what to expect. You’ll find stunning temples, fantastic scenery and a real mix of cultures (especially the hill tribes). The country is also playing host to the 27th Southeast Asian Games in December, meaning the infrastructure is continuing to improve.

Sri Lanka

Since the country’s troubles finished in 2009, Sri Lanka has blossomed into a breathtaking tourist destination, with 2013 looking to be its biggest year yet. Late August, early September is the ideal time for a visit with monsoon season just over. The tropical coastline of this Indian Ocean island is a slice of a paradise, and with British Airways now flying direct, as well as a number of boutique hotels popping up, it could be time to forget the Maldives; well not quite.



It seems to get more and more popular each year; Turkey is a real destination to be reckoned with in 2013. All-inclusive resorts will cater to your every need, or if you’re thinking of organising the elements of your trip separately you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of quaint coastal fishing villages. For those flying into Antalya, spend a few days in the tree house hideaway of Olympos, before relaxing in the small town of Kas on the Turquoise coast. Amazing.


Croatia has long since been a big favourite amongst British holidaymakers and is once again set to be a big destination for 2013 (the number of festivals held there is testament to that), but if you’re looking a little further afield the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach is a good option. There are a number of small spots across the border in Romania which are well worth a look too.

Where will this year take you? 

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Nick Wharton & Dariece Swift

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

Learn more about Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift on their respective author archives on this site and on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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