Top Holiday Destinations in 2018 - For those booking on a budget, or for those with a few bob to spare.

With the recent news that British Airways has announced this summer will be its biggest schedule in almost a decade, with an additional 150 flights per week, we thought we'd take a look at the top holiday destinations for 2018 - for those on a budget and those without one.

For those on a budget...

Tenerife

With sunshine guaranteed almost all-year round, Tenerife is just a short four-hour plane ride away for those Brits planning a cheap and cheerful trip away in 2018.

Put the tourist hotspots to one side and you'll uncover tropical forest walks, adventures into volcanic lava, carnival celebrations, old colonial towns and much more. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has more to offer than just sandy beaches.

Attracting singles, couples and families alike, this will no doubt continue to be a favourite amongst holidaymakers this year.

Malta

Located in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta is probably a surprise addition for those on a budget. This stunning archipelago is fully of history and is perfect for those looking to explore. And it's cheaper than you might think!

There's plenty to do on this beautiful island, particularly if you're one for scenic walks and stunning views - all of which are free! Azure Window, Popeye Village and Marsaxlokk are just three highlights.

With Malta's capital Valletta achieving Capital of Culture status for 2018, it's sure to be a popular destination.

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Portugal

At long last Portugal has emerged from the shadow of neighbouring Spain as one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers. A hub of diversity, culture, history and... sun, Portugal is the place to visit in 2018.

Home to the large rivers of the Minho, the stunning Serra da Estrela mountain range and the luscious Mediterranean beaches of the Algave, the possibilities are endless.

Popular for its city breaks as well as its beach holidays, Portugal is just a stone's throw away - meaning it's as time-effective as it is cost-effective and it's perfect for the family.

For those without a budget...

Dubai

With its soaring skyline, abundance of contemporary culture and obsession with indulgence, Dubai really is the luxury capital of the world. Set upon golden sand as far as the eye can see, this glamorous city is ideal for those looking for sun, sea and the spectacular.

Take a break from the many leisure complexes and shopping malls by visiting the idyllic Jumeirah Beach, or the unique desert safari. Better still, test yourself with the thrill of a helicopter flight and experience an unforgettable bird's eye view of the city - including the Burj Khalifa.

Sri Lanka

Situated in the bright blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the golden sands and coconut palms of Sri Lanka will provide the perfect setting for a luxury getaway in 2018.

This small island nation south of India offers a diverse landscape of rainforest, arid plains, highlands and beautiful beaches - combining luxury resorts with national parks and ancient ruins.

So whether you decide to explore the bustling energetic city of Colombo, trek the Buddhist capital of Polonnaruwa or relax by the sea, Sri Lanka is sure to put a smile on your face.

Mauritius

Sticking with the Indian Ocean, our final destination of choice for 2018 is Mauritius. Laden with sparkling beaches and blinding white beaches, you'll feel like you've opened up the perfect holiday brochure and jumped straight in.

Put the cocktails to one side, and you'll enjoy an array of awesome activities available, such as coral reef dives, kitesurfing, sea kayaking and lagoon cruises.

With Mauritius celebrating 50 years of independence in 2018, it's certainly going to be a year of celebration and you can be there to see it first hand.

If you're travelling from Gatwick to any of the destinations we've highlighted - or any destination for that matter - why not extend your holiday and avoid the hassle of a long journey to the airport, by booking the perfect stopover at the Hookwood Lodge - comfort and convenience with our free airport transfers.

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