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Summer Getaways – My Top 5 2019 Destinations

Summer Getaways – My Top 5 2019 Destinations

Veronica Murphy

Okay, so I know it’s still only February, but I can’t be the only one who is ready to ditch their winter wardrobe and start browsing bikinis. Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a post-leaving cert celebration or a getaway with the girls, NOW is the best time to start planning in order to bag the best bang for your buck. Here are my top 5 2019 destinations I recommend this summer…

1. Budapest 

Budapest has grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are good reasons why. When booked early, return flights to Budapest in late June/July range from €150-€200 maximum for 1 week, which is pretty good as it is peak season. You’ll never run out of things to do in Budapest. From the beautiful architecture to the thermal baths, once you get to Budapest, you may never want to leave. Be warned.

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such a beautiful day x blue lagoon x – – – 

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2. Iceland

Having recently just ticked this on off the bucket list myself, I cannot recommend visiting this country enough. However, one thing I will say is that if you are hoping to travel to Iceland, you will need to prep in advance. And by prep I mean SAVE SAVE SAVE. I had always heard it was an expensive country, but don’t think I really realised just how expensive. It can be done on a budget however by doing things like your own food shop rather than eating out every night. Unless you can afford to pay between €13-€15 for soup, in that case, live it up! The scenery is unbelievable and the Blue Lagoon is just as amazing as it looks in pictures. The weather is a bit like Ireland; unpredictable. Do plenty research before you go!

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3. Malta

Ah, Malta. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches, explore the winding streets through the city, take a day trip to some of the surrounding islands such as Gozo and have a go at some cave diving then visit the Ggantija Temples – they pre-date the Egyptian pyramids! Malta does not seem to be overly-expensive either, hooray! I don’t know about you, but I’m already planning a one-way trip. 

4. Positano, Italy

The postcard-perfect colourful town of Positano in Italy along the Amalfi Coast has been slowly growing in popularity. The town is beaming with idyllic beaches, little boutiques and amazing food. This location is perfect for a lai-back holiday retreat. If you’re the type who prefers to stay busy on your holidays rather than relax, why not hike along God’s Path, or visit some of the other towns nearby. As Positano is becoming increasingly touristy, if you would rather visit the city minus the hustle and bustle, consider visiting during the off-peak season – it’s still just as breathtaking outside the summer months.

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Pretty sure most of this ice cream ended up on my hand instead of my mouth ✨ ☁️

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5. Croatia

If I could pack up my belongings in the morning and move anywhere in the world, it would probably be Croatia. The town of Zadar may be overshadowed by its capital Zagreb and others like Dubrovnik and Split, but don’t let it slip under the radar. Cobbled streets, located by the seaside and scorching summers are not all they have to their advantage, the people are helpful and friendly too which is always a bonus when going somewhere you are unfamiliar with. While staying in Zadar and you take a boat trip out to one of the many surrounding islands or visit some of the national parks such as Plitvice or Krka. Best of all, Croatia won’t break the bank and while I was there, affording to eat out every night of the week was never an issue. Definitely one you will need to add to your travel list.

What are your Top 5 2019 Destinations?

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