The COVID19 pandemic has had a horrible effect on people and businesses all over the world. With that said, there is one industry in particular that has seen explosive growth during the pandemic. That would be the online casino gambling industry.
With hundreds of millions if not billions of people hunkered down in their homes for extended periods of time, adults have been looking for things to keep them entertained. Not only is online gambling fun and exciting, but each player has a legitimate opportunity to win a little money. That would explain why online gambling grew by close to 50% in Europe over the last year.
What is very true about the world of online gambling is the rules and regulations from one country to the next can vary greatly. That is even true among neighboring countries.
For the remainder of this article, the discussion is going to focus on online gambling in The Netherlands. We will investigate the legalities surrounding retail and online gambling by the Dutch people as well as having a discussion about the Dutch Lottery.
How is Gambling Regulated in the Netherlands?
Before we get into the heart of these issues, we want readers to know that almost every country in the world with the exception of many countries in the Middle East allow some form of legal gambling. In many countries, lotteries are very popular among country residents.
Since almost all countries permit some form of gambling, the government of each country will typically provide a government regulator to oversee such activities. These regulators are typically responsible for overseeing gambling providers to make sure gamblers have some form of protection against rogue gambling providers.
In The Netherlands, the governing regulator is the Kansspelautoriteit – KSA (Netherlands Gambling Authority), which was established in 2012. The KSA is responsible for controlling all retail and online gambling that takes place in The Netherlands.
Is Retail Gambling Legal in the Netherlands
The term retail gambling covers a wide range of gambling activities. Under this umbrella, we would expect to see horse racing, brick and mortar casino gambling, sports betting, poker, and Lotteries.
Currently, retail casino gambling and poker are legal as set forth by the Betting and Gaming Act of 1964. However, all retail gambling activities are controlled by the government-owned Holland Casino. That means the industry is controlled by a state monopoly. There are approximately 14 land-based casinos in operation in the Netherlands.
As for retail sports betting and lotteries, they too are legal. However, these activities are controlled by the Dutch Lotto under the direction of the KSA.
Is Online Gambling Legal in the Netherlands?
Currently, online casinos, poker, and sports gambling are illegal gambling activities in The Netherlands. Online lotteries are permitted by law. However, there was legislation put forth in 2019 that would legalize such activities. If all goes according to plan, the legislation could be passed in 2021.
At this point, we would be remiss to not mention that tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people in the Netherlands gamble online. You are probably wondering how that is possible?
While online gambling is technically illegal in The Netherlands, the government has decided to take a practical approach to the online gambling issue. Instead of trying to police the population to make sure they aren’t playing online games of chance for real cash, the government has decided to simply not prosecute anyone from doing so.
In lieu of not enforcing the ban on internet gambling, the KSA has shifted its focus to international online gambling operators. The KSA has determined they will allow Dutch online gambling enthusiasts to access offshore or out-of-country online gambling sites as long as the operator has received the proper licensing from the KSA specifically designed or online gambling operators. Once an international operator has secured proper licensing from the KSA, they can operate freely for the benefit of Dutch residents.
If there is any doubt about whether or not the KSA will enforce their licensing rules, those doubts were removed in August of 2019. That is when the Kindred Group was hit with a whopping fine of €470,000 fine for illegally accepting online wagers from Dutch players without having a license to do so. Who is the Kindred Group? Only one of the largest gambling conglomerates in the world.
For what it is worth, online operators that accept wagers from the Dutch people are subject to a tax rate of approximately 30% on all gambling revenues the operators receive directly from Dutch gamblers.
Should the Draft Bill on Remote Gambling get passed this year or in the future, it would change the online gambling landscape in The Netherlands. Operators would be permitted to actually based their online operations in The Netherlands with the proper licensing from the KSA. At that point, the government would likely seek to take more control over sports betting and poker as well.
The Dutch Lottery
For a country with such strict rules related to gambling, it is surprising to find out that The Netherlands is home to one of the oldest lotteries in the world, the Staatsloterij, which originated sometime in the early 1700s. Today, the Dutch Lottery draws as many as 5.0 million players with every drawing.
While the Dutch Lottery was first organized in 1957, the first drawing was not held until the mid-1970s. Since that time, the Dutch Lottery has turned thousands of Dutch people into instant millionaires. Both lotteries combine to offer a wide selection of daily, weekly, and monthly lottery games. Scratch cards are also very popular among the Dutch people.
Where Can I Gamble in the Netherlands
If you are visiting The Netherlands and are looking for something to do while out seeing the sites, you might get the urge to visit one of the country’s 14 land-based casinos. While the available casinos are scattered throughout the countryside, visitors can visit casinos in major cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leeuwarden, Breda, and Utrecht. Poker players and sports bettors can get access to those forms of retail gambling through the very same casinos.
Under the direction of the government through the KSA, persons must be at least 18 years old to gamble in The Netherlands. Furthermore, the Betting and Gaming Act of 1964 sets forth very strict guidelines related to wagering limits on slots, table games, and sports betting. Also, the government obligates operators to look out for problem gambling issues under the threat of fines for not refusing service to gamblers who show signs of a problem gambling issue.
Dubai holidays remind you of Las Vegas, that’s the kind of effect it has on you, no doubt about it. This classiest of Middle East’s cities is a great place to visit on your holidays. The big downside is that it’s an expensive city to stay and shop in. We went to several malls and did a lot of shopping (most of it was window shopping), but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The desert is impressive with unbelievable sand dunes that extend as far as the eye can see. Our full day desert tour was a novel experience, and something I’ve since recommended to many friends. Our Camel ride was different from the elephant ride we experienced in India, but was pretty good nonetheless. This is perhaps the most authentic insight into Dubai’s traditional culture one could hope for. Our city tour was quite organized and travelling through Dubai in double-decker buses was fun.
The boat ride across creek side was a good experience and worth it for the city views. The city has plenty of buses and taxi fares are reasonable. Taxis are tough to hire on Thursdays and Fridays so ensure that your hotel calls one in advance. I’m not much of a skiing person but my wife did try her hands at skiing in the enormous Mall of Emirates.
Anyone going for holidays in Dubai should know – Attire – Swimsuits are o.k. on the beach but make sure you’re wearing casual/smart wear in the city. Never, repeat never roam bare-chested, let’s just say it could create problems for you. Women must dress conservatively. January was surprisingly pleasant for a place that’s in the desert. Dubai laws prohibit sale of liquor outside hotel bars and restaurants. Don’t Ever Drink and drive, you may regret it, their laws are super-strict and you have been warned. Food is quite palatable, even in the more reasonable places, and I personally liked the Shawarma, made from chicken. Remember to be courteous and don’t chew with your mouth open. The only time we visited a fancy restaurant, the food was lip smacking. Shisha Bars are quite popular and apparently great places for socialising.
No description of the city can be complete without mentioning Dubai’s legendary shopping. We quite liked Deira Gold Souk, and even bought some pretty gold jewellery.
The malls were incredible, and make sure you’re carrying extra cash, because the variety is incredible and the temptation to spend money strong. We had a great time and next time we plan to go in March when the Dubai Shopping Festival is in full force. Booked using Zip holidays .
We had been planning a trip to Australia for two years, but somehow things just never materialised. I convinced my boss that I needed a long trip (I certainly deserved it!) and we landed in Sydney. Now I’m not a very confident swimmer but somehow the wife coaxed me to muster up some courage and try windsurfing. Boy, did I goof up. Joanna had pretty much doubled up with laughter by my third dive face first into the water! We enjoyed Rump Steak and Tiramisu at Mancini’s. Spent the entire afternoon climbing the Harbour Bridge’s arch with some Japanese tourists, who clearly couldn’t speak English if their lives depended on it! But the views are truly unbelievable from the top, and worth all the effort. Pity we had so little time. Chinatown Nightmarket was full of people trying to sell all kinds of stuff but the cuisine was good. The Opera house looks great from the ferries and the short but insightful tour took us backstage in this world famous landmark.
We also visited Blue Mountains and saw Red hands cave and some other Aboriginal attractions. Even saw a body painting demo. If you ever visit Sydney, make sure you have a couple of days for Blue Mountains. Nice place, that!
We left for Canberra where we visited the Parliament house and other national monuments. National portrait gallery has great Aussie portraits of important folk. We even got to mint our own $1 coins at the Royal Mint! Namadgi National Park is still pristine and has crazy hopping Kangaroos and Wallabies.
Canberra to Melbourne by bus takes about 8 hrs and we were a bit sore when we got down. Melbourne has gothic laneways and great coffee. A few hours of sightseeing and we enjoyed some Spanish tapas. Melbourne is heavy on culture and time just rushed by.
Perth in Western Australia was next on our itinerary and a really pretty city. On Australia’s other side, it is four hours away by plane (we had earlier thought of going by train but the journey takes ages!). We had a relaxing day on Rottnest Island in waters that reminded me of the Caribbean. Visited the magical AQWA Aquarium and King’s Park and Botanic Garden. Margaret Valley to the south of the city is an awesome place and has great wine, chocolate and cheese factories. Went south to Pemberton and spent a day exploring Karri Forest with some of the tallest trees in the world.
It’s an incredible country and there’s so much to see, that we can only wonder what we missed on that short trip. We plan to go back whenever we can get the chance. Australia holdiays are well planned when booked via Zip holidays.
As a British holidaymaker, I most enjoy short trips from England to anywhere within 4 to 5 hours flying distance. As a zealous traveller, I find no distance too great when incredible journeys summon!
My unending love for merriment has urged me to embark on many journeys and experience new cultures. Years of travel have taught me three important lessons: Respect for heritage, appreciation of beauty within simplicity and beholding grandeur within subtlety.
If you are planning a trip in the near future and out of UK, you may want to consider my recommendations.
Top 10 holiday destinations
Land of the finest red wine and Tango, of beautiful vineyards and of the warmest sunshine, SPAIN is the British holidaymaker’s most popular and frequently visited holiday destination. Here’s an account of my ‘exploits’ in Spain.
Majorca or Mallorca has been an experience close to heaven! Set on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s largest Balearic Island is haven for tourists in search for tranquil waters, sand, sun and frolic! With over 10 million people frequenting Majorca every year, the island is prime attraction for young pleasure seeking holidaymakers.
Adorned by the picturesque villages of Soller, with the mountains of Sierra de Tramuntara flanking the seaside, the wild terrain and soaring mountains lie beautifully in contrast with the gentle roar of the Mediterranean waters.
Arresting beaches, romantic coves and mystical mountains…Majorca is your best pick this season!
Largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is a mix of beautiful coastline, majestic mountains, quaint valleys and dangerously alluring ravines. One of the most popular tourist destinations around the world, Tenerife’s volcanic landscape traps the serene within the untamed. A temperature averaging 20 degree Celsius, the island is one of continuous Spring.
For lovers of nature, a trip around the rugged massifs of Anaga, volcanic mountains of Dorsal, the depressed valleys of Valle de La Orotava and Valle de Güímar and the notable ravines of Ruiz, Fasnia, Güímar, Erques and Infierno make for an ideal ramble!
• Gran Canaria
One of the islands in the Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria’s volcanic origin endows it with fissures vents that make the island the second most populated island after Tenerife. With its varied landscape and climates, Gran Canaria is a Continent within a little island. The cool north and warm south of the island combine with beautiful beaches in the east and rockier mountains in the west.
Bird lovers can catch a glimpse of avian variety in the Palmitos Park. The botanical garden of Tafira Alta tops my list as a plant lover. Tourists looking for commercial amusement can take a tour around the lovely towns of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, and Maspalomas, among others.
The endearing little island of Ibiza is located in the Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest Balearic Island. Infamously popular for its summer club parties, Ibiza has grown as a Spanish holiday spot in the last 35 years. Ibiza is your place if you tire of the natural world too soon. Walk into Privilege or party at Eden. Take a splash at the water parties in Es Paradís or enjoy a new experience at foam parties hosted by Amnesia.
Ibiza offers rustic beauty with long sandy beaches and unsettling weather. Prior to June and after September, expect quieter times at Ibiza as the island is empty of tourists and bereft of its nightclub frenzy.
• Other Spanish destinations:
Benidorm, the ‘Manhattan of Spain’, popularly referred to by Americans, has an interesting skyline of tall hotels and apartment buildings and is essential a tourist city and the fifth most popular holiday locale in Spain.
The ‘white’ village towns of Costa del Sol are packed with charm and old world hospitality offering rich and famous visitors with abounding amusement.
A monotonous fauna and impressive flora sums up the volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote. Especially beautiful in the months of February and March, Lanzarote displays a colourful bloom brought by the winter rainfalls.
To a British, a leisurely Spanish holiday is a compulsion. If you haven’t been there insofar, I believe you are yet to experience your best holiday ever!
Cyprus, the third largest Mediterranean island, is immensely popular among Brits. I have loved the country for its history, not to mention the angelic sandy beaches and clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea. If you love the water, you can indulge in a variety of water sports like diving, sailing, fishing and a hoard of other activities like horse riding and mountain trekking.
The lovers’ paradise, there’s Aphrodite dwelling in every home and Adonis roaming every land in Cyprus! Set at the crossroads of European, Asian and African continents, Cyprus has a new world to discover at every bend and corner. Enjoy the exotic flora and fauna of the island and explore charming coral bays, cliffs and hauntingly beautiful under water caves.
Relive history through Greco-Roman limestone theatres in Pafos, or the imposing Gothic monuments of Nicosia and various other remnants of Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Assyrian rule at Paphos and around Cyprus.
I recommend Cyprus to anyone intrigued by the thought of time travel
As the richest empire of the ancient world, Turkey still holds dear to the Ottoman grandeur. A glimpse of exotic Asia within modern Europe, Turkey is mystical personified! Lovely towns, cobbled roads, colourful bazaars and the scent of aromatic spices… Turkey is enigmatic. Fierce men and sultry women, warm days and cool desert nights brings with it romance and mystery.
Enjoy water sports, relaxing spas and European luxury at fabulous beach resorts of the Black, the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, delicious cuisines and entertaining night clubs at Istanbul, historic remnants at Antalya, natural beauty of Burdur and superbly accommodating towns and hotels around Turkey.
God’s own country, Greece, is nostalgic. Serene, tranquil and charming, Greece reminds you of a bygone era, when Gods and Goddesses walked the earth. Land of Hercules and Achilles, Greece is a land of fierce warriors and of passionate love!
I was lost admiring the remnants of ancient history at the Island of Crete and trudging along Mount Olympus and quite taken with the Rhodope range with its thick ancient forests. The historic towns, with its cobbled stoned roads, volcanic topography of Santorini and archeological sites, charming little harbors and the wonderful hospitality of Athens and luxurious resorts of Santorini, Paros, Myconos and Crete…left me craving for more!
Enter Africa and into the home of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world. Visions of great kings, vast desserts and pyramids rush through your mind with every step on the Egyptian soil. Set at the banks of the striking River Nile, Egypt is more than 5000 years of history that speaks for its immense popularity as a tourist destination.
Cairo is your capital city and has an abundance of male dominated traditional coffee houses, solely catering to men and for their social amusements! Colourful bazaars, jingling ornaments, flowing garbs and the busy hum-drum of old markets gives a slice of exotic old world charm.
You must visit the Giza pyramids of Kephren, Menkaure and Queen’s pyramids and the majestic Great Sphinx. Also see the pyramids of Abu Rawash, Abu Sir, Zawyet el-Aryan, and Saqqara among others. Delve into the mysterious and enigmatic Valley of Kings’ tombs and pits.
Other places you should see are Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Museum of Islamic Arts, Mosque at Al-Azhar, and Manial Palace Museum among others.
America is a land of opportunities. Unfortunately, not much of that includes an opportunity to admire natural beauty and explore virgin locations.
• Las Vegas
Las Vegas tops the tourist charts with its host of colourful and lively casinos, bars, clubs and infamous little town streets and corners. A gambler’s paradise, Las Vegas is stylishly designed for the rich and flamboyant. Not the best family getaway but frequented by many with a thirst for frolic and merriment.
• New York City
Almost every Hollywood film’s center of natural calamity, alien attack and home to super heroes, New York City has a lot to offer by way of technological advancement, but little of any excitement not found in London. You will come across every one of those plazas, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs that you have left back home.
A day or two should be enough to visit the Statue of Liberty or Madison Square Gardens.
The sunshine state of USA is perfect for holidaymakers looking for a classic sea, sun and sand getaway. Surf across waves, or go diving, snorkeling, paragliding and participate in volleyball games on shore. At Florida, the fun is never ending!
Children and adults alike will enjoy visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Seaworld. Florida’s happy countenance and cheer makes for an ideal family holiday.
Italy, home of the greatest empire the world has ever seen and mother to European art, architecture, science and literature. Made of two islands on the Mediterranean Sea – Sicily and Sardinia, Italy is the treasure trove of European history.
Most holidaymakers visit Sicily for remnants of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum, and the leaning Tower of Pisa and no corner of this picturesque city are amiss in its rich cultural heritage. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Petrarch, Dante, Galileo, Vivaldi, and many more, still haunt the corners and bends of this romantic city.
Throw in a generous ounce of Catholicism, a love for beauty, family and leisure and warm, nonchalant Italian demeanor and your Sicilian experience is one to be cherished!
Sardinia has that naïve, rustic quality, a peacefulness that gives comfort. Its mountainous island with sparing coastal plains attracts tourists for its natural, untouched beauty. Dry and windy summers and mild winters make up the Sardinian climate and gives way to the characteristic Italian warmth.
Did you know that Sardinia is the origin of the oldest forms of vocal polyphony? And the tradition of guitar songs that we love so much and have come to associate with romantic boat rides through Italian towns, has its origin in Sardinia too?
I loved Italy. You will too!
The Caribbean, a group of 7000 islands collectively known as the West Indies, is situated in the Caribbean Sea. Rich natural ambiance and sunny cultural demeanor are distinguishing qualities of the Caribbean.
Located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is a land of complex coastlines, steady winds and unbroken stretch of coral reefs. Bright and sunny, Antigua is predominantly British though the American fashion and popular culture too has its influence on the island’s deeply religious and spiritual disposition.
One major attraction of this island is the national Carnival held during the month of August. Historically, the Carnival commemorated the end of slavery in the West Indies during British rule. Our Brits can search for their special colonial relation with Antigua, though celebrations today depict anything but.
• Saint Lucia
The perfect tropical weather, romantic beaches and super fine resorts, rainforests, Sulphur Springs and the world’s only drive-in volcano, Saint Lucia is for travellers seeking pleasure, adventure and discovering the untouched.
A range of water sports like snorkeling, diving, fishing, surfing, yatching and adventure hiking, and trail riding offers the perfect family holiday experience!
‘The land of wood and water’, Jamaica is a combination of spectacular waterfalls and rivers, striking bays, romantic woodlands and forests and marvelous caves and mountains, Jamaica is vibrant, lively, colourful and much more. Guided jungle tours, raft rides down the Martha Brae waters, water sports, shopping, mouth-watering cuisine, Jamaica has something for everyone.
Be sure to carry a pair of shorts and T-shirt or sundress before you step out of the beach. Walking about in your bathing suit is offensive to Jamaicans.
Palm fringed white sandy beaches, extraordinary dance and musical culture, bloody history and multicultural ethnicity make Cuba a land of continuous excitement and wonder. The enchanting Trinidad, vibrant Havana, intriguing and isolated Baracoa and charming restored old cities are some of Cuba’s prime attraction.
Sophisticated yet charmingly naive, Barbados is one of boundless seas and endless sandy shores. Breathtaking sunsets, beaches, waterfalls and caves combined with romantic moonlight cruises, sightseeing, fishing, water sports and a vivacious culture and spirited inhabitants make Barbados your destination for endless merriment.
Situated in Southern European areas of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a small yet densely populated European archipelago of 7 islands. Originally part of UK, Malta has gradually become one of the top holiday destinations in Europe since 1964 and after its independence.
Malta’s natural beauty is from its numerous bay harbours along the coastline, low hills and terraced fields and the formation of small waterbeds during the rainy season.
No language or cultural barriers, country bearing fishing villages and a mix of Arabian, Phoenician and Byzantine refinement, cuisine and architecture make Malta a treat and a home away from home for Brits.
Dubai, where money flows out of oil and tradition meets modernisation.
One of the seven populous cities of United Arab Emirates, Dubai today looks far removed from the charm and adventures of the Arabian Nights. Yet, one never fails to catch glimpses of timeless deserts, vibrant lifestyle and distinguished warmth that make up the exotic allure of Dubai.
Home to the Burj Al Arab, the tallest building in the world, Dubai is many of the world’s firsts like the under water restaurant of Al Manhara, the largest shopping mall, indoor ski system of Ski Dubai, and the highest tennis court at Burj among others. The trade and commercial hub of the Middle East, Dubai offers advancement and entertainment and unrivalled luxurious resort facilities.
Still not sure where to plan your vacation?
Sometimes when booking holidays, we’re more concerned with activities involved, or nature of the holiday than the actual destination. In case you’re looking for a Cruise holiday or Safaris, Honeymoons, Top luxury holidays etc, then why not try Best at Travel – They are my favourite tour operator (I booked all above destinations with them). Give them a call and they’ll help you find the right holiday for you at the right price.
For my detailed outlook on which operator to use to book which holiday, read my blog on top holiday destinations for British holiday makers (not just top 10) or go to Zip holidaysfor a comprehensive list of holiday destinations.
8 hours on a plane is a day wasted but nowhere 2 hours away is warm enough or far enough for me to really feel like I’m on holiday. So, where I ask myself is the best holiday destination from London and other parts of UK for us Brits?
The ideal flight time for me is 4-5 hours and looking on the world map, there are a host of warm, luxurious and relaxing destinations within that flying time. Shame, none of the travel companies like Best at Travel, Kuoni, Zip holidays or Holiday Hypermarket ever consider that. You end up searching these sites for hours with a highly confused state of mind. Having been through this, I decided to post a little research for those facing the same dilemma as me.
So, which are the best Holiday destinations for people flying from the UK?
This listing will help you find your next holiday.
First, where do us Brits go most on holiday? I went through some search records on Google and found the following:
Top Holiday Destinations
(by number of travellers from UK every year)
1. Spain holidays
Since Spain is the most popular holiday destination for us Brits with over a million searches a month, I’ve divided Spain into regions to fully calculate its popularity.
Majorca or Mallorca is heaven. I’ve been there myself. With a vibrant nightlife and amazing scenic views and beaches, this largest of all Spanish island tops Spanish holiday charts with over 300,000 monthly searches for Majorca alone. If you’re looking for a party place or an opportunity to be in the quiet surrounded by nature, Majorca is your best bet. Recommended – Majorca holidays
Tenerife is the largest of the 7 canary Islands in the Atlantic ocean. Just off the coast of Morocco, Africa, this Spanish territory commands the status of one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. As they say, the place where spring never ends, Tenerife is the highest point of Spain with its Mount Teide volcano. The temperature averages 20 degrees celcius throughout the year and is considered to be the best in the world by many. 320,000 searches online every month.Recommended – Tenerife holidays
Gran Canaria holidays
Also one of the seven canary islands, the Gran Canaria is the second largest and second most populated after Tenerife. Volcanic in nature, The Gran Canaria offers a unique natural experience, with fissure vents, differnt soil and vegetation. The Gran Canaria is famous for its family holidays and is full of well appointed resorts. 180,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Gran Canaria holidays
Ibiza is a beautiful little Spanish island located in the Mediterranean sea that has become hugely popular as a holiday top spot in the last 35 years. What makes Ibiza special is the extended coast line of sandy beaches, a chilled out way of life and seclusion. As all Spanish holidays, Ibiza town will offer you a buzzing nightlife and for those looking for peace and quiet, there are plenty of resorts surrounded by nature and tranquility. 135,000 searches per month. Recommended – Ibiza holidays
Other notable Spanish holiday destinations
With a 100,000 British people searching for holiday packages in Benidorm, this is the 5th most popular Spanish holiday destination followed by Costa del Sol at 60,000 searches and Lanzarote (another beautiful canary island) with 55,000 searches.Recommended – Spain holidays
If you haven’t yet experienced a Spanish holiday, you haven’t yet been on your best holiday. Majorca alone gets 2.5 million British holiday makers a year and 2008 was a record high.
2. Cyprus holidays
Cyprus is the number 2 holiday destination for us Brits. On average, 400,000 of us search for Cyprus holidays online every month. Yes! Every Month! No wonder I’ve been to Cyprus twice myself. In Cyprus, most popular spots are Limassol and Paphos – Paphos is full of ancient sites as old as 4th century BC, lies in the southwest of Cyprus and is a world heritage site by UNESCO. Limassol is the capital of southern Cyprus and is a popular shopping destination. Recommended – Cyprus holidays
3. Turkey holidays
With just under 400,000 searches on Google alone, Turkey is the third most visited holiday destination for British holiday makers. The ex-Ottoman empire with a taste of Asia within Europe, Turkey is a top holiday destination where you’ll find snow-capped mountains and sunny beaches at a few hours’ distance. Istanbul, the largest city is where we flock most to, to live the Sultan size life for a few relaxing days. Recommended – Turkey holidays
4. Greece holidays
Close on the heels of Turkey, Greece holidays are very popular amonst British people. With just under 400,000 searches online a month, we love Greece, especially the Island of Crete. Crete, as legend goes, was where the Greek God Zeus was born and is the present resting place of Greek Gods. The southern-most of all Greek islands, Crete is the meeting point of Africa, Asia and Europe. If you’re looking for a busy, choc-a-block resort holiday, Greece is the place for you, where not UK holiday makers, but tourists from all over the world flck in great numbers. Recommended – Greece holidays
5. Egypt holidays
Enter Africa – Egypt is our 5th most visited holiday destination and top-most in Africa. With 320,000 searches every month, we Brits get-away to Egypt often during the winter. The gorgeous clear waters of river Nile, 5000+ years of history, tourist attractions like the pyramids and cities like the Sharm El Sheikh (the city of Peace) surrounded by the Red sea and Mount Sinai are top reasons for Egypt being a top holiday destination. I’ve been to Egypt twice and I’m in love with that place. People are friendly and forthcoming. I recommend Egypt Holidays if you’re going to Egypt.
6. America Holidays
Las Vegas holidays
I would have imagined America to be much higher up in the list of our top holiday destinations, but the long plane journeys and shortage of natural beauty are two major reasons why most people visit the United States for its advancements, not untouched natural places. Las Vegas leads as one of USA’s top holiday destinations. The city most popular for its casinos, gambling and high lifestyle attracts us Brits in large numbers every year. Recommended – Las Vegas Holidays
New York city breaks
The world’s capital city as its popularly known is the centre of all action. The list of tourist attractions is longer than London’s and if you’re expecting to get away, beware, you’re getting back into the mad rush. New York is a great weekend or short stay holiday destination if haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty or Madison Square Gardens. Recommended – New York Holidays
The sunshine state of the US – Fun doesn’t end any time of the year in Florida. With 3 of the world’s best amusement parks – Disneyland, Seaworld and Universal, Florida is also the world’s amusement capital. Great place for family holidays. Recommended – Florida Holidays
7. Italy holidays
With 240,000 searches a month, Italy comes at number 6. Italy is made of two islands – Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily is the mainland region of Italy where holiday makers go in search of Roman empire history, leaning tower of Pisa, the Colosseums and Rome. Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island. Sardinia or Sardegna is a top holiday destination, famous for its natural beauty and beaches. Recommended – Italy Holidays
8. Caribbean Holidays
Caribbean Islands stand out as holiday destinations for the Americans (because of the proximity and short flights), but Europeans are not far behind. At a combined 200,000 searches per month from UK, The Caribbean is a fast growing holiday destination amongst us. The Caribbean refers to the Caribbean sea, islands in that sea and nearby coastal areas. Top holiday destinations within the Caribbean are Antigua holidays, St Lucia holidays, Jamaica holidays, Cuba holidays and Barbados holidays. Lying between North and South America, the Caribbean is famous for its holidays – from Golfing to sky-diving, fine dining to clubbing, there’s nothing the Caribbean doesn’t offer. That, at a time when Britain is freezing! No wonder, with recent media coverage, Caribbean holidays are busier than ever before. Recommended – Caribbean Holidays
9. Malta holidays
Coming back to Europe, Malta is a gorgeous island with an English connection. After gaining independence from United Kingdom in 1964, Malta developed itself as a top holiday destination. With English spoken widely, British people face no language barriers and holidays are even more fun. This Mediterranean island country offers some unique features like fishing villages, and a combination of Byzantine, Arab, Phoenician and St John Knights’ culture, architecture and cuisine. 160,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Malta Holidays
10. Dubai holidays
The world’s highest man made structure, world’s first under water restaurant, world’s first palm housing, world’s longest shopping mall, world’s first indoor ski system and world’s highest tennis court are just the tip of the iceberg. Dubai – The city of the world’s firsts opened its doors to the new world and we all visited in large number. Today, Dubai is the top holiday destination in the Middle East. With 150,000 searching for Dubai holidays every month, Dubai stands out amongst the 7 Emirates in UAE. With desert, beaches and mountains to offer, sunny holidays don;t get much better. Recommended – Dubai holidays
11. Maldives holidays
The paradise islands, as the 1 thousand two hundred fascinating Maldives islands are affectionately called, offer crystal clear waters and desert sands in the middle of Indian ocean. With 80 self sufficient islands cum resorts, you’re never short of natural beauty, peace and tranquility. The top “get away from it all” holiday destination Maldives won’t disappoint you. 120,000 curious British holiday makers search Maldives holidays every month. Recommended – Maldives holidays
12. Goa holidays
Further East, Goa is an English holiday maker’s favourite Indian holiday destination. With Churches and Temples co-existing in this city they call “Tropical Paradise”, you’ll find miles of beautiful palm tree beaches and acres of windy paddy fields. Adding to its charm are old fortresses, wide roads and motor cycle hires. The Portuguese were defeated off Goa in 1961 by the Indian army and since then, Goa has grown into the most popular holiday destination within India. With an offshore casino, saturday markets by resident British people and a rock music culture, Goa will give you unforgettable memories. Or you might end up in Goa longer than you planned, like many others. 100,000 searches. Recommended – Goa holidays
13. Thailand holidays
Further east from India, welcome to Thailand. Best time to visit is between June and October. The capital city of Thailand – Bangkok boats of some of the world’s top 5 star hotels and is famous for its hospitality. Visit Thailand for a crash course in culture diversity and hospitality.100,000 searches. Recommended – Thailand holidays
14. Australia holidays
Melbourne is 22 hours and 30 minutes away from London. You better not plan a weekend break to Australia. A gorgeous country that holiday makers love, Australia is number 20 in this list only for its distance from the UK. Australia has everything from coral beaches, skyscrapers, nightlife, peace and tranquility, great standards of life, extreme sports – you name it. A great place for a long holiday, I rate Australia as one of my top holiday destinations and a must visit. Make sure you take out at least a couple of weeks to enjoy Australia fully. Recommended – Australia holidays
15. Mauritius holidays
They say the beauty of Mauritius is its people. With clear waters, white sandy beaches and year-round holiday making, Mauritius is Asia’s Spain. Tourists from India, China, Japan and other far east countries keep Mauritius abuzz the year round with traditional dances, customs and delicious seafood. Being close to mainland Africa, in the summer, Mauritius can be very hot and humid, and therefore the best time to visit is July to September (their winter). With British and French history, you won’t face many language problems in this Indian ocean holiday destination. 70,000 searches. Recommended – Mauritius holidays
The tiny yet perfect Indonesian island of Bali is the center of all action and one of Indonesia’s top holiday destinations. Visit Bali for white sand beaches, awe-aspiring cliffs, nightlife and to submerge into the truly multicultural environment. 35,000 monthly searches for Bali holidays. Recommended – Bali holidays
17. South Africa holidays
When you mention any part of Africa for holidays, wildlife plays an important role and South Africa is no different. South Africa is UK’s top holiday destination in Africa for the British colonial connection. Amongst others, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban offer the best natural views and beaches. 30,000 monthly searches. Recommended – South Africa holidays
18. Hong Kong holidays
A few years ago, Hong Kong was a British territory. Now a part of China, Hong Kong is the most happening place in the far east. This majorly Buddhist city is a remarkable example of success of Capitalism and offers towering hotels, world’s most modern luxuries and one of the most popular holiday destination within Hong Kong is Kowloon. For some peace, you can travel to the Sai Kung peninsula. 27,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Hong Kong holidays
Still not sure where to go?
If you don’t mind where you go, and you’re more focused on the kind of holiday, you may end up saving substantial sums of money. My best bet while booking a holiday is calling one of my favourite agencies – Best at Travel or Directline Holidays and just chatting to an advisor regarding what’s cheap this season. I’ve always found Best at Travel and Directline saving me money.