Nothing inspires wanderlust like Britain's infamously changeable 'summer' weather. When it rains you want nothing more than to be in the sun, and when its sunny you want nothing more than to be in the sun forever, not a few hours before the sky goes grey again.
We love travelling at Utility, so here's a few last minute destination ideas, plus some great travel gift ideas for that intrepid traveller in your life.
Situated between the Alps and Franconia, Germany's supermodel state Bavaria has a plethora of tourist treats- story book castles, medieval villages and of course Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival.
Malta is a great idea for a last minute get away because it's a dream destination that you can actually afford. It's capital Valetta- celebrating its 450th anniversary this year, is a Unesco World Heritage City that's surrounded by some of the most beautiful, clean and clear blue seas in the Mediterranean. There's certainly no shortage of sun either- Malta has on average 300 days of sun a year!
Whilst nearby Greece and Croatia are well-established tourist destinations, Albania remains much more under-the radar to most. But visit this country and you'll find extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the ancient Greek city of Butrint, pristine mountain lakes, Ottoman architecture, and some of the best beaches in Southern Europe on the Ionian coast. Plus there's the added bonus of fewer tourists- make the trip before the rest of the world realises what they’re missing!
Recession defying-Poland is a great place to visit this year, not least because that beautiful western city Wrøclaw is 2016's capital European city of culture. Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk also make up Poland's top tourist destinations- offering everything from chic medieval hotspots to vibrant urban centres- all at a great price!
A small capital with a big reputation, Dublin is always a great idea for a quick get-away. Bouncing back from an economic slump, this Cosmopolitan city is pulsating with a youthful vibrancy, a robust pub culture, Georgian architecture, museums, galleries and a wonderful seaside. It's the perfect destination if you'e after a little culture- and hedonism!
There's never a bad time to go to Rome- the Eternal city is one of the most beautiful, historic and awe-inspiring capitals in the world. But this year there's more reasons to go than ever- Pope Francis decreed 2016 as an official Year of Mercy- attracting pilgrims from all over the world, the mighty Colosseum's been restored, the Trevi Fountain's had a clean-up and the city has stared in two major blockbusters- the remake of Ben Hur, and Spectre, the latest Bond film.
People say that experiences are far more valuable than material things, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need stuff to keep us going- especially gifts. For that jet-setter in your life who's planning a trip, about to set off on a trip or just returned from a trip with a case full of memories, here's some of our favourite travel-gift ideas.
Know someone planning a trip? These gifts will inspire the ultimate travel itinerary.
Know Someone heading off on a trip? Here are some fun and practical travel essentials that'll help them get about day to day.
Know someone retuning from a trip? Make sure they make a note of all the amazing places they've ticked off their list with our amazing scratch map, and decorate their bedroom with the memories they've made!
Click here to see more travel gifts
Where are you going this summer? Tweet us @Utilitydesign