What do a good cup of tea, queuing and Broadchurch have in common? They've all reached the upper echelons of British national obsession. Top of the pile, however, is surely our love of discussing the weather and, in particular, why the sun isn't shining. It's no surprise then that studies continue to show that we Brits are increasingly suffering from a lack of Vitamin D. The answer? Escape to sunnier climes, of course. With that in mind, the Original Travel team has canvassed the globe, studied the Campbell-Stokes recorder and had a hearty discussion about something called evapotranspiration… all in the name of bringing you the very best destinations for getting that Vitamin D hit. And with summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan your escape to the sun…
Here at Original Travel we've always been slightly batty about Botswana, and it's not hard to see why considering it is home to two of the world's most beautiful landscapes. The Okavango Delta is Africa's biggest oasis and, quite frankly, one of the most beguiling wildlife strongholds on the planet. Elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, they're all there. Then there's the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world and home to the Zu'Hoasi bushmen, some of the only people on earth who can survive without permanent water. And the best part? Summer is the best time to go.
Sitting at the crossroads between middle and southern Europe, Croatians seem to have cherry picked the best of both - the order and efficiency of the former and the hospitality and joie de vivre of the latter. With a coastline to rival that of France or Greece (or anywhere for that matter), some unexpectedly excellent food, historic cities and great hotels, Croatia offers a quintessential European summer holiday experience.
The clichés abound about Italy but this is one instance in which they are all absolutely true; it is home to the best food in the world, the architecture of cities like Rome, Florence and Venice is staggering and the scenery is varied and almost unilaterally stunning. For a classic holiday experience, head to L'Andana in Tuscany where you can enjoy the region's undulating hills and the beauty of nearby Siena. For something a little different, take the path less trodden through the towering Dolomite mountains during the summer months.
The key stats about Indonesia could boggle the best of brains; the country comprises 17,000 islands spread across over 735,000 square miles. Stats like that mean just one thing for travellers: diversity. From looming volcanoes to lush rainforest, ancient temples, beautiful beaches and charming villages, Indonesia has it all. Furthermore, while Indonesia is a year-round destination, its dry season is conveniently during our summer months so visitors are all but guaranteed that all-important sunshine.
Peru may be synonymous with the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu but there is so much more to Latin America's third largest country, from sand boarding down some of the world's largest sand dunes in Ica to sampling some of the finest Peruvian cuisine on a food tour with a local chef, to surfing the secret beaches of Mancora. All set against a backdrop of vibrant Andean culture, diverse scenery and lovely boutique hotels.
The wild card entry. Mongolia may only reach a paltry 20˚C in the summer months but it does enjoy 250 days of sunshine per year so, considering you're heading to one of the most unique and under-the-radar destinations on the planet, it's a worthwhile trade off in our humble opinion. Explore Mongolia's raw beauty, geographical diversity, pristine steppes, Buddhist ruins, shaman shrines and cosy ger camps on a tailor-made holiday or, for the super organised, join our July 2018 Small Group Tour.