Top 10 Holiday Destinations for 2015

Every year Lonely Planet releases its top holiday destinations for the following year, and their 2015 list contains some real gems.

Here we have summarised all 10 locations on the list in order of price, with handy tips on how to get the most for your money. Happy holiday hunting!


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Whatever you want in a holiday (skiing excluded) you will probably find it in Portugal. Head to the Algarve for a family friend seaside trip, or to the capital city of Lisbon for a cheaper (but just as happening) version of Barcelona.

Portugal is undoubtedly one of the cheapest locations on the Lonely Planet list, with flights to Lisbon from just £19.99 with Ryanair.


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Eastern Europe is always appearing in top destination lists, and Lonely Planet have chosen Romania as their pick for 2015. With beautiful forests, medieval castles and town and a rich heritage, Romania is certainly a great place to soak up some culture on a budget.

With Ryanair offering flights to Bucharest from just £14.99, and purse friendly accommodation choices such as homestays and hostels, Romania is unbeatable value for money in 2015.


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Since travel warnings have been dropped in Tunisia, the tourism industry in this North African country is slowly starting to recover;  Lonely Planet predicts that prices will remain low in 2015 to tempt in holiday makers.

We definitely recommend Tunisia as a bargain destination. Right now, you can book a 7 night holiday with Thomson in May 2015 for as little £405 per person.


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Bali has a reputation for being ‘gap year’ hell, but there’s a reason hordes of backpackers flock to this Indonesian island every year. With one way flights costing as little as £297 with Qatar Airways (April 2015), you can get there without breaking the bank.

And the low costs continue when you get to Bali. With beachside huts and reasonable food and transport costs, we reckon this island is a great option for 2015.


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Shanghai is a fantastic destination for budget travellers, since you can find accommodation, explore the buzzing streets and sample the street food without paying the high price of comparable Asian cities.

Return flights to Shanghai in February are around £440 with China Southern, and once you reach your destination you will be able to keep costs right down. Basic dorm rooms start at less than $10 for a night, and even the midrange hotels are pleasantly priced.

South Africa

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Lonely Planet suggests visiting South Africa in shoulder season- which encompasses February, March, September and October- for more affordable travel.

Rather than splashing out on a Virgin Holiday package (which can get seriously expensive), we recommend checking Skyscanner for inexpensive return flights (from £528 travelling with Qatar Airways in early February) and exploring the option of staying on a campsite.


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Significantly cheaper than Hong Kong or Tokyo, Lonely Planet says that Taiwan offers great all-round value- with cheap rail passes and affordable food and drink (including delicious local beer).

A package holiday to Taiwan with Lowcostholidays will set you back about £800 per person in February, but it might be a better option to just buy flights instead. Once you are there, you have a wide selection of low cost accommodation including camping, dorm rooms and hostels. Visit Hostel World for an idea of price.


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Do you have South American fever after the 2014 World Cup? Instead of Brazil, travel south to Uruguay instead for an underrated, affordable corner of the continent- featuring sandy coasts and a laid back vibe.

Travelling to South America is never going to be kind to your wallet. However, with a little bit of searching you can find flights from around £438 one way (travelling with Air France in January and stopping over in Paris).


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Lonely Planet lists Samoa as one of its top destinations for 2015, but in our humble opinion it is completely unaffordable unless you are hopping over from New Zealand or Australia.

Samoa may be beautiful- with untouched beaches, paradise beach huts and incredible scenery- but if you want to travel there from London you are looking at flights costing thousands of pounds. Travelling from New Zealand? Flights are a much more reasonable £250 with Air New Zealand.

Burkina Faso

Lonely Planet included Burkina Faso in their top destination list for 2015, but with this West African country in a crisis right now it is hard to comment on prices. But we can sure you that this little known gem is filled with great wildlife, friendly locals and colourful markets- so we recommend you watch this space.

*Prices accurate at time of publication.

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