A new year brings a host of new travel opportunities.  

ABTA's annual Travel Trends report 2018 released last week predicted strong sales for overseas holidays this year. Faced with increased competition for convenient flights and popular destinations, people are booking ever earlier to secure their preferred resort or departure date.

City breaks and beach holidays remain the most popular choices, but twice as many people are planning to cruise this year as did last year, including more families and those aged 18-24. All-inclusive is popular particularly for those with young families, 34% of whom expect to take one in 2018.


New Horizons

A quarter of those polled were planning to visit a country they've never been to before with a third expecting to visit a new resort. New low-cost, long haul routes provide a great incentive for heading somewhere new. Celebrity travelogues such as the Real Marigold Hotel and its follow on series along with quality nature programmes like the BBC's Blue Planet II offer an engaging new perspective on familiar destinations for prime-time consumption. 

The future looks bright. 

Here are ABTA's 12 destinations to watch in 2018. Which is top of your list?

24 hours in Copenhagen

  • 24 February 2017

Copenhagen, the colourful capital of Denmark, is bursting with things to do to suit every taste and interest. With warm, long summer days and frosty winters, whenever you decide to visit it’s guaranteed to be the perfect backdrop for a unique city break.

Top 5 destinations for a romantic city break.

Romance is in the air. Here are five great cities to spend time with your loved one. 

Travel trends for 2017

  • 30 December 2016

Three travel trends you won't want to miss. 

In order to give the best possible holiday advice, our team are always out and about experiencing destinations first hand. Jackie from Howard Travel has just returned from a few days of exploring the delights of St Petersburg in Russia. There is so much to see and do in the ‘Venice of the North’, but here is a summary of what Jackie got up to…