Christmas is over, the new year has begun - escape those January blues by planning your next holiday now! To tantalise the imagination here are some of the hottest places to visit in 2012 - and some Love Home Swap homes you could swap with... Sun...
Christmas is over, the new year has begun - escape those January blues by planning your next holiday now! To tantalise the imagination here are some of the hottest places to visit in 2012 - and some Love Home Swap homes you could swap with...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Nicknamed cidade maravilhosa (the Marvelous City), Rio de Janeiro is a city crammed with energy, culture and some of the best beaches on the planet. Stroll down to Ipanema or Copacabana beach, take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf mountain or dance to the Brazilian beat in Lapa - Rio has so much to do and see no wonder it's one of the hottest destinations on the planet.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Lay back and enjoy the views on the golden sands of this stunning island located off the east coast of Thailand. With a reputation for both relaxation and partying that has exploded over the last 10 years this is the place to go to experience a different kind of beach holiday. Learn to dive in some of the clearest waters in Thailand, go elephant trekking through the island's jungles, hop over to nearby Koh Pha Ngan for some word famous partying or just work on your tan, Koh Samui has something for everyone.
Located in the incredible Tarantaise region, Meribel is one of the best ski resorts in the world. The oldest of the resorts of Les Trois Vallees, Meribel offers something for everyone. It is at the heart of the largest ski area in the world so you can be sure there will be slopes for beginners and experts alike. With the equally impressive Courchavel and Val Thorens next door there are plenty of things to keep yourself occupied both on the slopes and in the towns. Indulge in the nightlife or relax with a vin chaud before an early night - Meribel suits all attitudes to a ski holiday.
Vail, Colorado, USA
If Alpine skiing doesn't tickle your fancy, perhaps you can be tempted by a trip to the Colorado Rockies. Vail, alongside Aspen, the most famous of the American ski resorts and the largest ski mountain in the USA, may have a reputation for being populated by the rich and glamorous but even if you don't wear a mink headband as you make your way down the slopes there is still plenty on offer. Take on the black bowls of Vail or indulge yourself in the restaurants & boutiques.
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