Let us put "JOY" in your travel!
There are so many wonderful holiday destinations around the world, from the iconic history of cities such as Paris and London to the sun-kissed beauty of resorts like Bodrum and Acapulco. Some of the more intriguing among them involve a short hop from the mainland across the sea. Here are five islands that are well worth investigating.
Widely regarded as the world’s largest sand island, it’s located off the south-east coast of Queensland, and has been a World Heritage Site for twenty years now. Fraser Island has been popular with visitors for many decades, partly because of the wonderful beaches and partly because of the fascinating collection of flora and fauna. For those who like a little white knuckle excitement, hiring a 4WD car and driving on the sand trails is a must.
The map of Italy is famously shaped like a boot, and the ball it seems to be kicking is the beautiful island of Sicily. Rich in heritage and full of historic churches and buildings, it has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination in recent decades. The locals consider themselves Sicilians first and Italians second, and are fiercely proud of their homeland. A trip around the island is highly recommended, so be prepared to explore while you’re there.
The Isle of Wight is located on the southern coast of England, just across the sea from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. There are several towns on the island, including Cowes, which is famous for yachting. The unspoilt beaches and secluded coves will appeal to those who are looking for a little peace and quiet, but if you like life a little more lively, be sure to visit Sandown, Shanklin and Bembridge.
Hilton Head Island, USA
There are a vast number of islands around the coastlines of America that are worth making a trip to, and surely one of the most impressive is at Hilton Head Island. It’s located off the eastern coast of the USA and is part of the state of South Carolina. If you like your islands to contain long stretches of sandy beaches, plenty of cycle paths and walking trails, and with a world-famous golf course thrown in, this is the place for you.
It’s worth remembering that not every island has to be a natural one! Palm Islands is the name of a man-made archipelago that has to be seen to be believed. This huge construction project consists of three islands off the coast of Dubai, each of which will be home to residential, commercial and entertainment sectors. And as the name suggests, each of them will be built in the shape of a palm tree.
David Showell is a keen traveller from the UK who has visited several of the world’s finest islands. He works for comparecarhire.co.uk.