The only thing that compares to actually being on holiday? Planning the places you’ll stay and the amazing things you’ll do during it.
With pointers on hotels, resorts and more, let Checklist get you in the mood for your next getaway.
Level up your holiday content
If you are looking to take your content to the next level and capture some awe-inspiring videos to impress your friends or followers, look no further than Nikon’s best-ever vlogging camera, the Nikon Z 30.
Designed with content creators in mind, this innovative, compact and lightweight mirrorless camera is guaranteed to help you take videos and stills that stand out from the crowd.
The advanced, automatic functions of the camera, alongside its vari-angle touchscreen monitor make recording easy, no matter the point of view. And with the added ability to record 125 minutes of uninterrupted video in vibrant 4K UHD, your footage will have never looked so good.
The Z 30 also promises crisp and clear sound, with sensitive built-in stereo mics and optional external mic. This means whether you’re filming at the top of a mountain or in a busy city, your sound will remain crisp.
This Insta-worthy footage simply isn’t possible on a smartphone, so the Z 30 is the perfect tool to express your creativity and enhance your future content.
The info: Click here to find out more.
Embrace effortless holiday style
Of course, sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays but they don’t just have to be practical. Look chic on those sunny days with a pair of shades from Ted Baker’s designer collection.
With lots of fashionable frames to choose from, there’s a style to suit every face shape. Popular choices include the Farley, a classic pair of glossy black shades with dark lenses to match and the iconic Ted Baker pattern on the side.
There’s also the Maeve, a rose gold pair that will up the glam factor of any outfit. They have a delicate metal frame with adjustable nose pads and plum-coloured lenses.
Plus, if you wear glasses, both of these frames are suitable for glazing with prescription lenses by your optician.
The info: Click here to shop now.
A fizz-focused trip to London
How can you visit London and not stop off at Europe’s longest champagne bar?
Set to the backdrop of the historic St Pancras International Station, Searcys Brasserie and Champagne Bar offers a tranquil escape from the station’s hustle and bustle.
Sit back in one of the bar’s plush booths as you indulge in a glass of fizz or have the Travel Afternoon Tea, which is served in a suitcase. Look out for the ‘Press for Champagne’ buzzers that ensure your glass is always topped up.
Open from breakfast to dinner, the art-deco brasserie is suited to any occasion, from lunches to dinner with friends, celebration parties and weddings. There are several private dining rooms for group dining to choose from, while Sunday plays host to the just launched Sunday Brunch Feast, featuring an unlimited buffet and waffle stations and free-flowing champagne, all paired with live jazz music from the restaurant’s resident musicians.
If that tickles your fancy, Mail readers can quote ‘STPANCRASBRUNCH’ for a complimentary glass of Champagne when you order a Sunday Brunch this summer*.
The info: Click here to find out more.
*Offer valid until 24/9/23.
Escorted tours for culture vultures
While some travellers are happy lounging on a beach, others like to explore the deeper, cultural layers of a country. That’s where Peter Sommer Travels comes in.
A British archaeologist and documentary filmmaker, Peter Sommer trekked 2,000 miles across Turkey, retracing the route of Alexander the Great, and fell deeply in love with travel. For 21 years he has been taking discerning travellers from around the world on expert-led unique cultural tours and gulet cruises.
Peter and his team organise a range of trips from archaeological adventures to hiking holidays to foodie jaunts. They specialise in six different countries: Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
All of the tours have small numbers of like-minded guests (maximum 10-18 trip depending) and are led by true experts in their field who understand what makes a journey meaningful.
The info: Click here to find out more or call 01600 888220.
Experience sunny Cyprus
It’s easy to be mesmerised by the sunlit views at Columbia Beach Resort in southern Cyprus.
This resort occupies a prime location in the sweeping arc of Pissouri Bay, which is home to a beautiful stretch of beach and enclosed by the white cliffs of Cape Aspro.
With honey-coloured stone and natural materials throughout that pay homage to traditional Cypriot architecture, the resort is quite the tranquil hideaway. There are 169 stylish suites, including the exclusive Eagle’s Nest Suites, as well as three restaurants and five bars.
And there are dedicated areas for relaxing at the award-winning Hebe Spa where you can have a treatment, before taking a dip in the indoor pool or jacuzzi.
The info: Click here to book directly and get 15% off your stay.
Be a happy camper at a holiday park
Adventure, value for money and entertainment galore… there are so many things to love about the great British holiday park.
Whether you’re planning a family, couple or friends trip, Hoseasons has the biggest collection of holiday parks in the country so you’ll definitely find something that fits the bill.
It boasts hundreds of sites across the UK in the likes of Devon, Norfolk and Scotland. Some are big on family fun with plenty to keep the kids entertained, while others offer a more relaxed vibe with glamping lodges and hot tubs.
There’s a price point for everyone, and you can book safe in the knowledge that you won’t get the same holiday cheaper anywhere else thanks to Hoseasons’ price match guarantee.
Oh, and of course, forget about passport stress and currency exchanges. Staying closer to home means all you have to do is pack up, hop in the car and let the good times roll.
The info: Click here to book your Hoseasons holiday.
Set your heart on the Maldives
The Maldives is renowned for its romantic appeal. Across the archipelago you’ll find resorts that are moulded for couples who want to enjoy time together surrounded by endless clear blue sea. And when looking for a resort that also delivers top-notch food, you can’t do much better than Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives.
Finolhu is a five-star resort that offers barefoot luxury vibes in an implausibly stylish setting.
There are four restaurants to choose from, where every table comes with a spectacular view. Couples can also book the ‘Romantic Destination Dining’ package, which sees you dine by candlelight on a private stretch of beach. Afterwards, you’ll return to your villa where a romantic turndown service awaits, including champagne, chocolates, bubble bath and rose petals.
Plus, there’s even the option to spend a night under the stars with your special someone with the Beach Bubble ‘Dream Eclipse’ experience.
The info: Click here to book your stay.
Learn to build your own boat
Perhaps your idea of heaven is a hands-on holiday where you can learn a new skill.
Boat Building Academy offers comprehensive courses that immerse men and women in the craft of constructing wooden boats and making furniture. Under the guidance of skilled instructors, students learn the intricate skills of lofting, shaping, planking and joinery, transforming raw materials into seaworthy works of art.
What’s more, the academy is based in Lyme Regis, a sublime location known as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ with miles of unspoiled coast to explore at leisure.
There are introductory courses lasting 2-5 days, as well as more intensive training programmes of up to 40 weeks. All levels and experience are welcome and bursaries are available.
The info: Click here to find out more.
Pack to the max for every airline
The luggage we choose can make or break a trip, which is why getting a reliable travel bag from a trusted brand is so important.
Aerolite is among the UK’s top luggage brands, specialising in lightweight, durable luggage bags and suitcases. They offer a fantastic range of styles and sizes, from large sets of suitcases to smaller travel holdalls.
Only travelling with hand luggage for your flight? Worry not, Aerolite’s cabin suitcases are designed to fit the exact maximum size of all the leading airlines in Europe and North America, including Ryanair & easyJet. This allows you to pack the max without finding yourself in a sticky situation at the departure gate.
Aerolite also has those last-minute jet-setters covered, offering free next-day delivery within the mainland UK.
The info: Click here to shop now and get a free holdall when you purchase a best-selling suitcase.*
*Terms and conditions apply.
A cabaret show to remember in Paris
An evening at the world-famous Moulin Rouge in Paris should undoubtedly be on everyone’s travel bucket list.
Located in the heart of the Montmartre district, the Moulin Rouge is the symbol of Parisian nightlife, known for its legendary cabaret shows and windmill-topped theatre.
The full spellbinding experience starts with a sophisticated dinner where you will feast on a menu developed by chef Arnaud Demerville. The award-winning restaurant serves up delicious traditional French dishes cooked with local produce. Accompanying your meal is a live orchestra playing toe-tapping classics.
When the culinary spectacle is over, it’s time for the main act. The Féerie Show is an incredible two-hour production that attracts 600,000 spectators a year. Step into the dazzling world of rhinestones, feathers and sequins and witness French cancan come to life.
The info: Click here to book your tickets.
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