Top travel writers name their favourite destinations
If you’re looking for some real holiday inspiration for 2014, more than 100 of the UK’s most esteemed travel writers have revealed their favourite places – from cities to beaches.
Vacation inspiration website 101 Holidays conducted the biggest ever survey of the UK’s travel journalists in order to give travellers the best guidance of where to visit in the coming year.
Those questioned included household names such as Simon Calder of the Independent and TV adventurer Ben Fogle, along with editors from the biggest publications in travel, including Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall.
In each category, a top ten was created by adding together the total number of votes for each destination.
When the writers were asked ‘What is your favourite country?’, it was France that topped the list. France is the second most popular destination among British holidaymakers, with more than six million visitors a year, according to ABTA – The Travel Association. India came second, with Italy in third.
In the favourite cities category, New York, London and Paris made up the top three, but there was no place for Rome in the top ten. This is a reversal of last year’s Top Seven Cities competition organised by the travel website Where Are You Now?, which saw travellers vote Paris into first ahead of New York.
Fans of beach holidays should really consider booking a trip to Thailand in 2014, as the Asian country not only had the most best beach votes from travel writers, but also took the title of best beach resort, with Krabi beating San Sebastian in Spain and Jakes, Treasure Beach, in Jamaica. Second place USA is also well worth considering, with a wide range of beaches on offer, from powder white Gulf Coast bays to surfer-friendly west coast strips.
As for which airline to fly with, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic scored the lion’s share of the votes from the 100 travel writers, ahead of Singapore Airlines, which topped a recent Which? poll, with an 87 per cent score for customer satisfaction.