Round Up: The Best Travel Guides For Making Last Minute Travel Plans A Reality

Just as so many others around us, we’ve got sunshine and getaways on our mind. The second that winter blues first began their descent back in January, we were straight on to Skyscanner to secure our summer holidays and have had countdown apps running ever since. 

For the more daring among us, we’re coming to terms with the thrill that accompanies bagging a last-minute bargain holiday. For a lot of us, whether due to work, family or personal issues, booking a trip last minute is the only option. The common misconception with this is a panic purchase and settling for a destination you may not have otherwise chosen. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way with these things. 

To spark inspiration and ignite a little travel bug fire in your belly, we’ve gathered up some of the best travel guides from The Style Edit archives. 

Buckle up, you’re about to embark on the best last-minute holiday ever this summer. 

10 Of Europe’s Most Instagrammable Locations To Add To Your Bucket List

“According to a recent survey conducted by Schofields, more than 40% of those under 33 prioritize ‘Instagrammability’ when choosing their next holiday spot,” the article continues. 

“The picture-worthiness of a particular place beats other factors such as cost, local cuisine, and whether or not alcohol is freely available at a low cost. Interestingly enough, sightseeing opportunities scored as the lowest priority on the millennials’ list.”

This isn’t necessarily a reflection of the shallow qualities that millennials are often tarred with but instead a reflection of where they find the content they trust. The argument lies that Instagram, despite constantly being embroiled in authenticity debates, provides a more accurate representation of a location that would be portrayed in a commercial travel guide. That and the fact that if someone that isn’t a professional travel writer or photographer can rack up likes on their Instagram post of a location, that’s a pretty good indication of them being in a spectacular spot. 

“When a local tourism board claims they’re the most desirable destination, that breeds skepticism. When other millennials make the claim, that holds more water.”

Ready to up your Insta game and discover new locations? Try one of these picturesque spots for an adventure worthy of all of the likes.”

The Alternative Holiday: 3 Charity Challenges Abroad To Get Involved With

“Over the course of the last five years, demand for charity challenges has increased by 92 percent as new research from the fundraising tour operator, Charity Challenge has revealed. “For many, embarking on a charity challenge provides a tangible way for them to fight a personal battle that they might otherwise feel powerless to overcome,” as Simon Albert, Director of Charity Challenge, explained. “The ability to raise money for a charity that’s close to their heart and the personal development benefits that come with going somewhere extraordinary and overcoming a physical feat are the main motivating factors for the people who travel with us and the reasons that charity challenges are growing in popularity, particularly among women.”

Taking on a charity challenge abroad doesn’t always have to be so far from home either. Further findings from their research concluded that whilst the popularity of its classic challenges, such as the Sahara Desert, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru, has remained high over the past 20 years, demand for challenges closer to home is the fastest-growing part of its business.”

Why Boston Should Be Top Of Your Bucket List 

“There are plenty of places on my bucket list but I have to admit before I went there, Boston, Massachusetts, was not one of them. But it should’ve been. Don’t get me wrong, I always thought it would be interesting, what with the Boston baseball and the history of the Boston tea party but being so close to New York City means people often choose to go there instead and Boston is, at times, overlooked. Of course, everyone loves New York but it’s always fun to explore somewhere new especially before the tourist masses take over. Following a visit to Boston last summer, these are just some of the many reasons why I strongly suggest putting this capital on your bucket list.”

The Travel Guides Hold The Answer To Your Summer Travel Plans

“It’s reached the time of year when summer is finally in sight. Suddenly, far off lands filled with sunshine and beaches are within reach and we’re so ready to shake off the real-life responsibilities in favour of a holiday. 

Whether you dedicated this bank holiday weekend to catching up with friends, sneaking off for a weekend break or just chilling to catch up on life, one thing’s for sure – this May bank holiday is filled with summer wanderlust. 

So if you’re yet to decide on your sunshine destination get ready to dive deep into the planning stages and check out our curated collection of travel guides currently breaking the internet.”

India Travel Guide: A Treat For The Senses

“India has always seemed an exotic and fascinating place to me so when a group of friends said they were planning a trip I knew it was finally my moment to see the country and make a life long dream come true. It was a chance to visit this magical country and see its beauty for myself!

The biggest dilemma is what to see, as the country is vast and varies hugely from north to south. If you’ve never been somewhere before everything is, of course, new and amazing, especially in a country so unlike any other, as is India. This trip was centred around the more Northern areas of the country and took in some of the iconic cities and historic sites, including of course the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple. A normal length vacation will only enable you to cover so much so a return trip is probably a must. India is among the greatest places I’ve ever travelled to despite the long and at times arduous journey, but the moment we arrived at our first stop it all seemed incredibly worth it. The beauty of the country the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells are all an absolute treat.”

Hot Hotels Of The World

“If you were asked to describe your dream holiday in one sentence, would the words ‘well-being’, ‘wining and dining’, and ‘interiors to make you weak at the knee’s all feature in your answer? Same here. We’ve rounded up five of the world’s finest hotels serving just that – serenity, shut-eye and style in spades.”

How To Plan The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway In New York City 

“Everyone is the same where New York City is concerned – if you’ve never been you want to go and if you’ve been one hundred times before, you want to go back. There’s no doubt about it, the Big Apple casts some kind of spell and makes everyone fall head over heels in love with it. 

From the stunning city sights to the bustling bars of Manhattan, there’s something for everyone in New York. Maybe I’m a little biased but I think the best way to explore New York is with your girlfriends. If you’ve ever watched Sex and the City or Gossip Girl, I think you’ll agree.

I was lucky enough to have a girls’ getaway in New York this summer and it didn’t disappoint. Here are my top tips on how to have the best girls trip of your life in New York without breaking the bank.”

Style In The City: 24 Hours In Paris

“It may be best known for its status as the most romantic city in the world, but Paris is an equally formidable contender for the international fashion capital.

So where are the best places to hit if you’re on the hunt, not for love, but for the lust-worthy design of all sorts in this wonderful city? Here’s a guide to Paris’ most heralded hangouts – places that will undoubtedly fulfill your desire for style inspiration of every genre.”

California Dreamin’: Where To Eat, Stay and What To Do

“While writing this article, I was curious as to how many songs there were out there about California.

Google’s results gave an impressively long list via Wikipedia. It was in alphabetical order but with multiple sub-divisions and no exact number, clearly, there are just too many to count. So I moved onto movies where a list complied by Ranker (the ‘leading digital media company for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings on just about anything’ according to their website bio) provided a list of at least 800 films before I gave up on scrolling.

Taking into account the famous landmarks, beautiful landscapes and increasing celebrity population, it’s no surprise that California has caught the attention of pop culture and held on to it like it’s no big deal.

The thing is, California is so much more than its celebrity appeal and tourist attractions. There’s a certain comfort in the Californian air that helps ease the jet leg and overlook the travel time spent on a plane. The laid-back vibe of SoCal encapsulates the instant relaxation associated with and required of a holiday while the easygoing nature of its people is infectious from the moment you step off the plane.

San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or Santa Monica. For some, these are the main stops focused on along their Californian adventure. This time we’re taking you 56 kilometres south of the city of Angels to Newport Beach, the SoCal coastal city known for its surfing, the Wedge and it’s yacht-filled harbour.”

Everything You Need To Know Before You Visit Bali 

“If the travel pages of every magazine and the InstaStories of pretty much everyone you know are anything to go by, Bali is the place to be this summer.

Take into account the postcard-Esque beaches, instagrammable bars and dirt cheap living costs, it’s easy to see why. Throw in the many “hot deals” and bargain holiday packages launched by the Jakarta Tourism Ministry (launched in a bid to boost the tourism sector) the only question left to ask is, what are you still doing here?

Bali’s narrative is told through two different approaches. On the one hand, you’ve got the seriously seductive stretches of white sand, crystal clear waters, peppered with fishing boats, surfers and some of the most luxurious and relaxing beachfront hotels in the world.

Whether a surfer or a honeymooner, you’re guaranteed to find your own version of paradise exploring this side of Bali.

The flip side reveals a more in-depth look at Bali’s culture through lush Balinese forests, exquisite templed, breath-taking waterfalls and rice terraces stretching out before you like nothing you ever have seen before.

The tranquility surrounding certain parts of Indonesian island is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle found in central Bali and on almost every Balinese road. The beauty, spiritual elements and deep sense of intrigue surround the culture of the island evokes the kind of escape that seemed only possible in daydreams.

With an ever-increasing amount of impressive cafes, A-grade spas and beach resorts, you’ll never want to leave.”

London For Millennials

“Are you on the lookout for new locations to take beautiful photos in one of the world’s coolest cities?

Or maybe you’re searching for the best places to eat, the cutest coffee shops and most Instagram-able market places. Well you’ve come to the right place as blogger, Katie Andrew, shares some of her favourite London pitstops with The Style Edit.”

The Insider Edit: Dubai

“A Northern Irish expat living in Dubai, Jayne Higgins offers her home-from-home guide to enjoying a fabulous trip to the United Arab Emirates capital. From sumptuous shopping malls to fine dining, and from beach clubs to stylish sky bars, the options are endless when it comes to experiencing Dubai’s many wonders…”

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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