How time flies! It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, yet soon enough we'll be in the midst of spring. This year, be organised and plan your spring holidays in advance.
Choosing Your Destination
It's worth scouting the internet to see what destinations have been touted as the must-sees of 2013.
CNN has named Scotland as its top travel destination for 2013. The northern beauty offers visitors ample opportunities for city breaks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and elsewhere, as well as outdoor holidays in the Highlands and Islands, and the Borders.
The Independent recommends you visit the exotic destinations of Montenegro and Iceland, while Conde Nast suggests you pay Brazil or The Philippines a visit. All wonderful places for independent travellers, couples and families.
Try to ensure you have at least a week to spend in your destination of choice, particularly if travelling to another continent. You need to keep jet lag in mind too.
It's quite common for travel companies, like others to offer discounts in the month of January. The sales period usually applies to holidays booked for the first half of the year, so this is perfect for anyone looking to travel in spring.
See if you can snap up a good all inclusive deal or upgrade to a pricier hotel than you'd normally choose.
Spring Holiday Wardrobe and Footwear
The weather in spring can be very unpredictable, especially in northern countries like Scotland and Iceland, with fluctuating temperatures, occasional showers and potentially even surprise snow, depending on where you've chosen to go. You're best off packing for all eventualities.
Layering is key to getting your spring wardrobe just right. These can be added and removed according to the temperature. Start with some simple base layers like a cotton T-shirt or a stretchy vest top and build your way up from there with cardigans and jumpers. It's well worth taking some chunky knitwear as mornings and evenings can get very chilly. A waterproof top layer is essential. If heading on a city break, bring a trendy mac, but for the great outdoors choose a sturdy waterproof jacket from a specialist outdoors retailer.
In terms of footwear, a good idea is to bring a pair of wellington boots. Teamed with the appropriate clothing, these can be worn both in the great outdoors and in the city. Pack a short or foldable style to take up less space in your luggage.
For evening outings, pack a pair of leather loafers or brogues. These will satisfy most dress codes, even if you're planning to head out for a special meal or a performance.