An Island Destination For Every Inhabited Continent

By Porapak Apichodilok

There is something magical about islands. Humans have been drawn to them for centuries; small landmasses that battle against the ocean, seemingly lost at sea rather than anchored to another nation.

If you feel the same enchantment, then why not explore one of the islands listed below? There’s one for every inhabited continent, so there should be something to suit every traveler’s taste and budget!

EUROPE: Ireland

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Where In The World?

Ireland, just off the coast of the UK in Northern Europe. With a name like that, it’s impossible to ignore Ireland from the list of islands!

Why Visit?

Ireland is a wonderful country, quite unlike anywhere else in the world. There’s a vibrant night culture, stunning scenery to enjoy during the daytime, and more historic monuments and walks than you could ever get to in one trip.

What’s The Climate Like?

Not great; if you’re looking for a beach holiday then Ireland is going to disappoint. The summers tend to be warm and humid, while the winters are cold without being freezing.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available?

If you want to stay in one of the major cities, such as Dublin or Cork, then you’ll find the usual selection of contemporary hotels which cater to the needs of modern guests. If you venture further into the countryside, then you’re likely to find ‘bed and breakfast’ accommodation, which is relatively affordable and pleasant to stay in.

What’s The Currency?

As a member of the EU, Ireland uses the Euro.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

If the weather is an important consideration for you, then the best time is late April to the beginning of May. However, there is no denying Ireland go all out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17th, so if you don’t mind the damp weather, this is a great time to visit. As detailed on http://www.wral.com/, there’s plenty of traditions to enjoy, and the date is a public holiday so you’ll be able to share the nightlife with the locals.

ASIA: Indonesia

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Where In The World?

Indonesia is situated in the Southern hemisphere; it’s an archipelago that lies between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Why Visit?

Indonesia is an island nation, comprising of over 13,000 islands (though some of these are uninhabited). The country is a rich, lush area with plenty to explore, stunning geological sites, and a culture quite unlike anywhere else in the world.

What’s The Climate Like?

Indonesia has a tropical climate, which you can learn more about at http://www.ecoca.ro/.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available?

There is accommodation for everyone in Indonesia, from high-end luxury hotels to self-catering accommodation such as rumahdijual.com/malang/tanah. So whether you want to live the high life or preserve your budget, you’ve got plenty of choices.

What’s The Currency?

The Indonesian rupiah.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

The dry season runs from May through to October, so this is the best time to visit.

AFRICA: Mauritius

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Where In The World?

Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean.

Why Visit?

Lush greenery, incredible weather, crystalline water, white sandy beaches… Mauritius is the ultimate ‘beach holiday’ destination.

What’s The Climate Like?

Mauritius is generally warm, though the ocean breeze helps to moderate the heat somewhat. You should also expect humidity.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available?

You will find it easier to find luxury accommodation in Mauritius than budget options, but there is something for everyone if you’re willing to hunt for it.

What’s The Currency?

The Mauritian rupee.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

Late September to early October; the weather is beautiful without being overbearing.

North America: Barbados

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Where In The World?

Barbados is an island located in the Caribbean Sea in North America.

Why Visit?

Like Mauritius, Barbados is the ultimate beach destination, but it’s a little more laid back and easier to access if you live in North America.

What’s The Climate Like?

Warm, sunny, and humid; Barbados has a very mild climate as detailed on barbados.org, so there’s always great weather for a day at the beach.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available?

Barbados has its fair share of luxury accommodation if that’s your preference, but there are plenty of more affordable options if you’re on a budget. The capital, Bridgetown, is more expensive than the outlying areas.

What’s The Currency?

The Barbadian dollar.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

For Barbados, it’s more about when you shouldn’t visit. Avoid July through to October, the months that usually comprise the Atlantic hurricane season.

South America: Easter Island

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Where In The World?

Easter Island (or Rapa Nui in local language) is a small island located in the Pacific Ocean, quite detached from the rest of the South American continent. If you want isolation, then Easter Island is a great choice– its nearest neighbor is over 1,000 miles away.

Why Visit?

The amazing scenery, the sense of peace and quiet– there’s plenty to enjoy if you travel to Easter Island. The island’s most famous tourist attraction is the Moai; a set of statues that overlook the ocean.

What’s The Climate Like?

Warm and wet. The isolated location means Easter Island does not get as warm as other areas on the list, but it’s still pleasant throughout the year.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available?

Due to the size of the island, your options are limited, but most accommodation is affordable and there are a few luxury options if that’s more your preference.

What’s The Currency?

As a part of Chile, Easter Island uses the Chilean Peso.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

February, so you can experience the incredible Tapati Rapa Nui festival. If you want to find out more about this amazing celebration, then lonelyplanet.com has a fantastic guide to enjoy.

So, do you think your might be tempted by any of the island delights listed above?

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