Seychelles’ brand of barefoot luxury is that bit wilder, more elemental, than its similarly Eden-esque neighbors, the Maldives and Mauritius. Primeval jungle fringes white-coral sand; postcard-blue surf pounds dramatic black rocks. The Indian Ocean archipelago zealously lends itself to castaway fantasies: local lore about buried treasure and haunted sea caves abound. But paradise comes at a price: marooned 1,600km off Africa’s east coast, reaching this remote refuge can be an ordeal. Not so in 2018, when British Airways launches the UK’s first non-stop cheap flights to Seychelles from March.
Winter is not just for the skiers in Jackson Hole. It’s also for the birds — hawks, eagles and owls — and the elk, moose, bison, and wolves. The valley floor, part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, is as well regarded as Lamar Valley for wolf sightings. In summer, the Teton mountains that frame the”pit” (bronchial valley) provide the background for grizzlies since they reemerge. Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris (jacksonholewildlifesafaris.com), based by photographer and direct Jason Williams, have summer and winter safari offerings. Trailfinders (trailfinders.com) has cheap flights via Denver and Washington.
The Spanish Costas are inundated with tourists as once-popular destinations in North Africa remain off limits. Northern Spain has improved value and it’s rarely better compared to Baiona in southern Galicia. The fishing port is currently near to Portugal so gets warmer weather and less rain than locations farther north. Town has several small and appealing beaches — together with countless others across the coast nearby. If you like seafood you’re going to take heaven with prices more reflective of the Spanish in contrast to the Irish or German cost of living.