Round the world in 80 seconds!
How does the song go...? 'I'm leavin', on a jet plane; don't know when I'll be back again...'
Is there any greater pleasure on the planet other than leaving to go on holiday to parts known or, even better, parts unknown? The thrill of discovery, the excitement of seeing, hearing and tasting something entirely different from the everyday... and the smug thrill of telling your friends when and where you're going.
With Holiday Supermarket, you can work out exactly where you're going, when you're going and when you'll be back again. And best of all... it can be absolutely anywhere in the world your heart desires!
Australia. The sunburned land down under is a wonderful antidote to the stresses and strains of winter. The Aussies are friendly, warm and welcoming. They speak a variant of English you'll quickly get to know and the beaches are amazing. You're first stop is likely to be Sydney. Take a bus out to Bondi and guess what? It looks even better in the flesh than it does in the pics. The Opera House is awe inspiring and set on the picture postcard Circular Quay. Melbourne is the cultural centre of Australia and of course, Queensland's claim to fame is the Great Barrier Reef - a quite extraordinary underwater playground for anyone wanting to pack the snorkel.
Head back via the Middle East. Dubai is the world centre for cranes at the moment. The place is jumping as new hotels spring up on every street corner. The magnificent Burj Al Arab is worth a look even from afar. Dubai has a reputation as a shopping mecca, and it's well deserved. You can also ski (!) there and take in the odd camel race.
Africa has so much going for it it's hard to know where to begin. South Africa's beauty is unsurpassed in terms of cities like Cape Town. The stunning bay, the food, the panorama as seen from Table Mountain. Head north into Namibia and see a real game reserve with plentiful 'trophy' shots for your camera. Head even further north and you have completely different countries like Morocco, where you can rock the casbah. Marrakech has to be seen once in a lifetime and for something a little exotic, check out Tunisia.
Asia has Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Bali to wet your whistle with. The impressive cooking that every fancy restaurant in Europe owes its influences to likely comes from city street stalls. Shanghai will astound you with its shopping, its population and its building activity. Hong Kong is the 'mad' centre of Asia. The crowds of folk going about their daily business make everything exciting here. Singapore is tiny, clean and perfectly formed. The exciting new Sentosa project is unleashing a 1,000 new restaurants, shopping, entertainment precincts and holiday adventures on the travelling public.
Canada beckons every skier with stunning playgrounds like Whistler, Lake Louise and more. On the Atlantic side of the country places like Montreal are carving out a new arts and culinary niche with an exciting blend of old Europe and Canadian can do. The old town in Montreal is delightful; the little bars, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and exclusive clubs are a cultural hub for the north-east region. Even hardened New Yorkers are finding something special in Montreal.
Speaking of which, many have done a weekend break in New York, but a longer stay is well worth considering. New York can be whatever you want it to be; a shopping paradise (head home clutching Fifth Avenue shopping bags to delight your friends), eat well at some of the world's best restaurants, explore the galleries and museums. (The Museum of Modern Art is still the world's best museum in our humble opinion.)
Venture to the centre of the country to see something different. Chicago is a land of skyscrapers and the view of the Lake from on high are spectacular. Shopping is great in Chicago. The magnificent mile (as they call it) is on Michigan Avenue. Shop after exclusive shop; small boutiques, the big brand names and competitive prices. If that doesn't turn your knees to water...
On the west coast of the USA is LA and San Francisco. Both are great destinations; San Fran because of the restaurants and sights like Chinatown, Coit Tower and Fisherman's Wharf. Los Angeles because of (what else) Disneyland and Universal Studios. You may even spot a star or two on Rodeo Drive. Certainly a Kardashian.
The Caribbean has Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Turks and Caicos (home to Keith Richards, Bruce Willis, Paul McCartney and more). There's also our favourite - Cuba. Slowly opening itself up to the more adventurous tourist, Cuba is a step back in time. Prices are cheap, food is good and the beaches are great. Wandering around the old town of Havana is sometimes sad when you consider the crumbling disrepair that Castro has crazily inflicted on the people. Yet there's a new spirit of optimism in the air. Who knows.
Of all the simple destinations, Europe is it for us. Throw a dart at the map and you'll have a great time. Holiday Supermarket can take you to Krakow (for Polish vodka), Paris (the city of lurve), Vienna (for cakes), Nice (for chi chi star gazing), Berlin (for no sleep), Madrid (for tapas), Barcelona (for art), Prague (for the best castle in Europe), Spain (for the best beaches), Turkey (for food and beaches), Amsterdam (well, you work it out), Copenhagen (for literally the best food in Europe), Bruges (for the prettiest old town), and Rome (to reaffirm your passion for life!). There's lots more of course, just jump on Holiday Supermarket to find out.
In South America, you're spoilt for choice. Rio for Carnivale? You and a million others will have a lot of fun, and of course, out of Mardi Gras season there's always Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer and all those pretty people. Climbing Machu Picchu in Peru isn't for the faint-hearted but you will truly have the adventure of a lifetime. You might get to South America via Mexico and there's a resort there with your name on it. Cancun is a non stop party and the perfect place to wind down after exertions further south.
Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, Holiday Supermarket can get you there. 'I'm leaving, on a jet plane...'