13 Places to Visit in 2013

7th January 2013

We think that the best way to get over your January blues is to give yourself something to look forward to and that means you can start planning your 2013 holiday! We’ve picked 13 places to visit in 2013 so take a look and tell us; which take your fancy?


Named as the UK City of Culture for 2013, Londonderry or Derry as it is often shortened to, is the ideal choice for a short staycation. Take your pick from a variety of events on offer throughout the year and explore one of Northern Ireland’s primary cities.

Perast, Kotor Bay, Montenegro


In a country as stunning as Montenegro, it’s tough to pin down a specific area to visit! Whether you choose to roam the 5 national parks and explore the beautiful interior landscapes or opt to visit historic towns like Budva and Kotor, you will not be disappointed. Explore this jewel before it loses any of its shine!


From Montenegro, cross the border into neighbouring Croatia; another Adriatic delight! Tour the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik and cosmopolitan Split, or head for the sea and find your own little slice of heaven with a spot of island hopping…the number of which is apparently unknown! Perhaps you could count them all?


Although it is a bit on the pricier side, a trip to Iceland is high on many wish lists and with sightings of the Northern Lights argued to be optimum this winter, you best be quick! To further increase your chances of seeing this natural phenomenon, rather than going on just one excursion, consider accommodation where you are awoken when the green hue is in sight!

Black Sea Coast, Northern Turkey


With more and more flights being introduced to Turkey, it’s easier than ever to explore this fascinating European expanse. Why not get off the beaten track and delve deeper into Turkey during 2013, uncovering unknown cities like Samsun on the Black Sea Coast or Gaziantep in the south east.


This year, Amsterdam will be celebrating the 400th birthday of the canal ring as well as Vincent Van Gogh’s 160th! After a 10 year renovation, the Rijksmuseum will finally re-open its doors with several other attractions, including the Artis Royal Zoo, also marking important milestones. Whatever time of the year you come you will be sure to enjoy an action packed break in this year of anniversaries.


If you don’t want to visit mainland Portugal, why not consider a holiday in the archipelago of the Azores which float way off shore. These volcanic islands are both peaceful and beautiful and are an ideal escape for all ages. Drink in the attractive landscapes and make the most of the excellent whale watching opportunities!

St Vincent Beach, Caribbean

St Vincent

Enjoy a “switch off from technology” holiday on the Caribbean island of St Vincent in the coming year! With technology and gadgets consuming more and more of our everyday lives, this is the ideal way to enjoy a truly relaxing break. Drop off your laptop, mobile and tablet and bask in the beauty of the Caribbean without interruption. Do you think you could do it?

Greek Islands

The country may be suffering financial difficulty but don’t let if put you off. Tourism is more important than ever and you can still enjoy a fantastic holiday. After all, the Greek Islands will still offer the same dreamy combination of sun, sea, sand and tradition!

Sri Lanka

The Independent suggests Sri Lanka as a top destination to visit in 2013. With past conflicts finally having reached culmination, this petite but intriguing country is opening up for exploration. Unearth ancient cities, revel in the fantastic sandy beaches and so much more before the crowds beat you to it.

Saint Martin

Experience an entirely new beach destination with a trip to Saint Martin this year. This tiny island is split between two nations; the Netherlands (St Maarten) and France (Saint Martin). From white sandy beaches to lush rainforests, it’s everything you dream of and more.

Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel


Perhaps you have already tackled the famous Inca Trail in Peru or the Camino de Santiago in Spain? Whether you’re a tried and tested trekker or a newbie, the new hiking trail in Israel is one to consider. The Gospel Trail is said to follow in the footsteps of Jesus himself. Religious or not, it’s a sure fire way to see some stunning parts of Israel. Would you travel to Israel?


If all else fails, we will always have ye old faithful Spain and that’s definitely a good thing. The warm waters, hot sun and wondrous cities means that Spain is a winner every year! Choose the Costa Blanca and visit Murcia, pick Malaga to explore the region of Andalucía or head south west and revel in the beauty of Jerez de la Frontera.

What travel plans does 2013 have in store for you – near or far? :-)

By Kerri Ware from Economy Car Hire

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