- Lifestyle & Sports
- 06 Feb 18
Throw out your old travel itinerary and explore our selection of this year’s best alternative destinations.
Maybe you’ve only heard of half of them – or maybe you’d never dreamed of going to any of them! – but for anyone with irrevocable wanderlust, you’d be absolutely mad to leave even one of our top destinations off your bucketlist. Taking you as far away as possible from the Western World’s well-worn tourist traps, or the eye-rolling stock of ‘found-myself’ epiphanies located in South-East Asia, we’re taking you to islands, countries and continents that will push your boundaries, open your mind and test the resolve of that fair Irish skin of yours. But before all that – Coventry.
All joking aside, you may not have to jam-pack your suitcase with sun cream, but when it comes to the English Midlands, it’s hard to think of a more central, convenient and exciting city at the moment than Coventry. This much-overlooked medieval city boasts an impressive – and devastating – history, as well as an ambitious future. Coventry was one of the cities worst affected by the Luftwaffe bombing campaign during World War II, and in the post-war period became a beacon of regeneration and modernisation. That sentiment is likely to take off again over the next few years, as Coventry gears up to become the official UK City of Culture in 2021.