Car Hire 2015: World’s Top 5 Destinations
A new year means new horizons and a new chapter in your travel story. We’ve looked at some of the most exciting destinations out there for 2015 and whittled them to our 5 top recommendations for your next car rental trip:
Nowhere says “party” quite like Brazil, one of the world’s most exciting places and even more of a hotspot now, with the advent of 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. A carnival atmosphere pervades the country, with its dazzling beaches, unspoiled rainforests, and vibrant cities, and infrastructure improvements (including new roads) is making travelling in Brazil even easier.
Explore São Paulo, the third-biggest metropolis in the world and home to hundreds of distinct ethnic groups, creating a buzz that is infectious. You’ll need to hire a car in Brasilia to negotiate the substantial distances and six-lane motorways, but it’s worth it to experience the true genius behind the city’s design. Then there are the beaches and nightlife of Fortaleza, Salvador da Bahia’s mix of natural beauty and vibrant energy, and the excitement of Recife.
Florida’s weather forecast may be boring and predictable, but for most of us, this reliable balminess is very welcome. Most families flock to Florida for the theme parks of Orlando, while other visitors prefer the quirky beauty of Miami, but if you have no interest in cartoon mice or lounging on the beach, take a day trip west to the Everglades, one of North America’s most astonishing ecosystems. The flooded wetland is an unspoiled habitat for everything from alligators and anhingas to great blue herons.
Drive your rental car three hours south of Miami, to the weird and wonderful world of the Florida Keys. The sandbars and mangrove islands of the Florida Keys, home to a community of exiles who enjoy independent and eccentric lifestyles among the 45 sun-baked islands.
The name says it all: Australia’s Gold Coast is a sun-soaked coastal city in southeastern Queensland, Australia, 94 km south of the state capital Brisbane, where a subtropical climate, surfing beaches, theme parks, nightlife, and a teeming rainforest create the ideal holiday environment – especially if enjoy outdoor adventure.
If adrenaline is your drug of choice, you’ll love Southeast Queensland, where you can enjoy everything from abseiling down rugged cliffs to leaping from planes and kayaking down rivers. Even beginners can paddle down the Brisbane River, either by day or at night, when the city lights create an enchanting backdrop. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge and abseil down, scale Mount Tibrogargan, or go off-roading in the Numinbah Valley.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
It’s tempting to look for a catch when you hear about a place with endless beaches, friendly locals, awe-inspiring wildlife, and great food, but there is none with Sri Lanka. Rent a car in Colombo and enjoy great value (and great tea) and temperatures that remain in the mid- to late-twenties (celsius) all year round. Years of war have put many people off visiting Sri Lanka, but the establishment of peace firmly established makes 2015 a great year to visit this Asian oasis.
As a newcomer to tourism, Sri Lanka does not have many luxury hotels, but it’s hard to miss them when you have a choice of rustic farmhouses and charming beach huts. Deserted beaches of blindingly white sand dot the coast, and if you tire of lounging in the blissful heat, you can surf and dive some of the world’s top sites. Drag yourself away from the coastal paradises to experience Sri Lanka’s 2,000-year-old temples and marvel at the impossibly green rainforests.
Mykonos is the party capital of the Cyclades, that glittering group of a Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. A dazzling light attracting hedonistic holiday-makers for more than 40 years, Mykonos still manages to retain the charm of a traditional Greek town framed by sugar-sand beaches. If you rent a car in Mykonos, you can escape the crowds to discover the scattering of beaches that remain off the beaten track.
When you leave the beach, you’ll find streets lined with cosmopolitan shops, bars, and restaurants for plenty of diversion, and there are some quiet spots nestled among the winding streets of the old town. Take a boat trip to the neighbouring island of Delos, which is crammed with archaeological sites, from the temples of Apollo to the altar of Dionysus.