It’s finally arrived. Summer is here. Our days can at last be filled with barbeques, picnics in the park and of course, planning where to go on our summer holidays.

Choosing the right holiday destination is a priority for many of us, particularly because a summer vacation is the one time every year that is dedicated to relaxing and spending time with friends or family. With so many stunning countries to visit across the globe, it can be a challenge choosing an area that is interesting, appeals to everyone and gives a well-deserved break. When picking a holiday destination, many people automatically think of the sun, sea and sand in places like the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. However, there is so much to see and do across our planet. For this reason, an increasing number of people are looking for more unusual travel options to countries that are less explored. Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayas or sightseeing in Saigon, more of us want to experience the different cultures and natural wonders that the world has to offer.


One of the best ways of doing this is to take a cruise holiday. Onboard a ship, the world is essentially your oyster. You have the opportunity of easily visiting a number of countries or areas from the comfort of a luxury ship, which can be difficult to do if you travel by air. Cruises often also appeal because of the onboard facilities. With restaurants, pools and entertainment areas to choose from, sightseeing can take a priority on land whilst relaxing can be done offshore. There is a huge range of unusual cruises to choose from, but they do take a bit of research. Listed below are some top tips for choosing a holiday with a difference.


Where to look:

Going online is one of the best ways of searching for unusual cruises with a difference. There are sites that are dedicated to doing choosing research into what cruise journeys are available in a number of countries. Blogs can also be helpful in inspiring you with regards to what countries to visit; seeing pictures and reading expert opinions are a great way of knowing what to expect.


Where to go:

When the phrase ‘unusual cruise holiday’ is said, many imagine exploring unchartered waters in tropical locations. While this is certainly possible (the Mekong river cruises through South Asia are renowned for being extraordinary), there are many other options too. Holidaymakers can take cruise trips to Africa or even to the North Pole, so it is worth investigating what options are available.


What to do:

While spending time on the cruise ship is a big part of taking a cruise holiday, what appeals to most people is the ability to do a huge range of sightseeing and activities in a short space of time. Taking day trips to the shore is usually the highlight of holidaymakers’ journeys, and are even more so on more exotic holidays. For North Pole expeditions, cruise goers can spot wildlife and stand ‘at the top of the world’. For those going on cruises to the Middle East, visiting sites that are thousands of years old is possible as well as visiting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Going online to see what activities are available for the cruise you eventually choose is a good idea, as you certainly don’t want to miss out on anything.


These are just a few top ideas to keep in mind whilst planning your summer holiday. Cruises are a fantastic way of exploring the world’s most stunning and unusual sites, so it is a good idea to investigate what is available to you. With such a range to choose from, there is guaranteed to be something to suit everyone.