The British have a long and rich history of exploration, from the voyages of Captain James Cook to the adventures of Sir Ranulph Fiennes. But it seems these days the trend is being bucked, with almost a quarter of holiday-makers admitting they will not venture more than four miles from their resort this half term.
The survey, from Budget, also highlighted that within that circle of comfort, the majority of Brits will keep sightseeing strictly limited to local bars and restaurants (78%), the beach (76%) and the… wait for it… supermarket (67%).
Many, it seems, are simply lacking in confidence. Nearly three quarters admit they would like to see more of the country they visit, but are put off by the possibility of getting lost (30%) and concerns about driving abroad (24%). Others worry about not being able to speak the local language (26%) and some put it down to not knowing the best places to visit (20%).
Fortunately, we’re here to help. My Destination offers free digital guides to regions the world over, including ones popular with winter-sun-seekers, so we’ve selected three of our favourites to get you started. These guides are jam-packed with local knowhow that goes far beyond the sun loungers. The detailed maps will ensure you don’t get lost, the extensive information on transport will save you the stress of driving, and as for the best places to visit, well, come in and see for yourself…
With 300 days of sunshine, this beautiful Mediterranean archipelago has long been a favourite with those seeking to escape the onset of winter blues.
This region in southern Portugal is famous for its ridiculous number of beaches, a staggering 69 of which have been given Blue Flag status.
Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago sprinkled off the west coast of Africa with gorgeous year-round whether and plenty to explore beyond the beaches.
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