"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen"
Those are the wise words of one Benjamin Disraeli and they truly resonate with you when you try and remember your last holiday. No doubt, your memories of that trip will be as joyful and fulfilling as ever and you'll see whatever you paid for that holiday as money well spent.
Now cast your mind back to an item you purchased around the same time. Chances are you don't feel as strongly about that at all, in fact you can almost certainly buy the same thing for cheaper now. Do you see where this is going?
The Summertime always carries with it a certain degree of freedom meaning it's the ideal time to go out and have a new experience for you to enjoy not just now, but in the future too. So, what to do?
You can't beat a classic, but why not change it up a little this summer? Swap Glastonbury for one of many fantastic European music festivals with equally strong line-ups and even more potential.
Primavera Sound in Barcelona returns for it's 15th year on 28th May and it promises to provide many a great memory of a weekend. Ignoring the fantastic music line-up, the festival fits seamlessly into a Barcelona city break allowing you to mix it up in the time that you've booked off work. For starters, Primavera has no camping, so a hotel is a must. This probably means that you'll take the opportunity to discover your new favourite bar before you go to bed and your new favourite restaurant for brunch beforehand.
Hit the Road (Jack!)
Get behind the wheel and become your own tour guide on a self-drive adventure for something different. Adding a new sense of control, freedom and spontaniety into a holiday can make it feel completely different from any other and it may produce a few more laughs this way too. Whether you take on the famous Route 66 and go almost coast-to-coast across the USA, or take the path less travelled with a venture into the wildlife down under, you'll get so much more out of living your holiday at your own pace.
Just try and make sure you don't bring along a load of backseat drivers!
Explore With Your Tastebuds
Shifting back down to second gear, getting a taste of local culture and delicacies can be a lasting experience that you'll not only enjoy, but also draw experience from. Who knows? You might even start replicating dishes at home! Asia tends to provide the best foodie experiences for keen learners and with locals often more than happy to oblige in the educating process you can make new food and new friends!
Head to Vietnam this Summer for a sample of something completely different and a chance to see an incredible part of the world too. This gastronomic tour will teach you all you need to know about the local cuisine and will inspire you to take your cooking to new heights. Your food will take you back every time.
An often overlooked experience is that of taking in a once-in-a-lifetime sporting spectacle. With regards to making new friends, learning about a city's culture and going somewhere with excitement and atmosphere, little matches up to a big sporting event. With England hosting both the Ashes and the Rugby World Cup this year, heading abroad for those is out of the question, but why not soak up the atmosphere of the Champion's League Final in Berlin, or how about the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal?
The beauty about these holidays is that you never know what will happen and you might just witness history in the making.
Live for now, buy your new television later.