Best values for 2013 travel
Posted on Friday 02 November 2012
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It may be hard for some globetrotters to believe, but 2013 is just around the corner and it may be time to start planning annual trips. The first step, however, is choosing a destination, and that can be a daunting task. To help travelers make a decision on where to head in the new year, CNN compiled a list of a few of the top value locations throughout the world.
"Destinations on our 'best value' list are for those who want to make the most out of their dollar when traveling," Andy Murdock, editor for the popular travel review site Lonely Planet, told CNN. "While the choices are not the cheapest destinations on the planet in every case, they're great options for travelers who want to visit somewhere new and interesting without draining their bank account."
Whether travelers are looking for the perfect summer holidays or fun family vacations, these destinations can provide it. Many offer a combination of history, scenic beauty and plenty of adventure, but there are a select few locations containing that extra something that can take a holiday to the next level.
Searching for some fun for the whole family? Consider heading to Spain, where a historic culture meets modern cities and miles of beaches to provide everything needed for the ultimate vacation. Families can explore the ancient history of the country with Barcelona holidays or take in the art and culture during a stay in Madrid.
For those who want to sit back and relax on one of the nation's many Mediterranean beaches, grab a Malaga car rental and head to the resort town. A vibrant nightlife and casual atmosphere make this city the perfect destination for beach holidays, but the metropolis is not without its own culture. Malaga is the birthplace of iconic artist Pablo Picasso, and many museums are dedicated both to his life and works as well as other examples of contemporary art.
Travelers looking to trek off the beaten path can jet over to Slovenia, where a multitude of hidden gems await. Coastal areas along the Adriatic Sea offer a warmer climate for vacations, while major cities like its capital, Ljubljana, boast everything from medieval castles to world-class ballets and orchestral performances. For jetsetters looking for a quintessential European experience without high prices or heavy crowds, Slovenia may be just the ticket.
Nestled between Italy, Austria and Croatia, Slovenia offers amazing European geography combined with a unique culture and has often been referred to as "The Sunny Side of the Alps." Picturesque villages, snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills fill much of the landscape, providing opportunities for travelers to ski, hike or simply stroll through the cobblestone streets of quaint towns.
The block of countries referred to as Scandinavia make up much of the northern part of Europe, and it is home to what many predict will be some of the best value destinations in 2013. Comprised primarily of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, this region offers the perfect landscape for everything from adventure travel to spa holidays. Many places in Scandinavia are far from cheap, but there are plenty of opportunities to find great deals.
With so much to do and see in the area, travelers can consider hopping on a cheap flight to Copenhagen and using that city as the jumping off point for a road trip or extended trek through the region. Hike the pristine gorges of Norway, ski through Sweden or take a detour at a famous hot springs or sauna in Finland. The endless options mean that travelers can customize their holiday to create the ultimate getaway.
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