3 Commonwealth Member Countries To Book For Your Next Holiday

Posted in General Travel Travel Insurance, Commonwealth Gems, Travel Destinations, Commonwealth Countries on 19 May 2022

With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee just a week away where she celebrates 70 years reigning the throne, it's worth reminding ourselves of the beautiful, adventurous and historic countries that are connected to the British Empire during this time of celebrating Great British history.

The Queen is head of the Commonwealth. In some Commonwealth countries the Queen symbolically holds the highest honour as the head of state. There are 54 countries that are linked to the UK through the Commonwealth that are spread across the world. So, whilst we get ready to celebrate with the whole of the UK, in Her Majesty's honour, it is worth reminding ourselves of the beautiful destinations that have links to the Great British empire.

That's why Voyager Plus Travel Insurance have found 3 wonderful destinations that should be on your travel list for 2022 and 2023.

1. Malta

With over 300 days of sunshine, Malta is the ultimate year-round holiday destination, Especially with those aged 50+ due to the short flight time from the UK and the mild but comfortable temperatures during their winter months.

Malta has a lot to offer travellers of all age ranges and budgets from the activities on offer, the weather, the vibrant night-life and the beautiful beaches to name just a few.

Depending on your health and physical capabilities, Malta can provide a variety of sporting and leisure activities such as hiking, mountain hiking and scuba diving. Most of the larger hotels and resorts also offer light leisure activities such as swimming and tennis courts, which comes in handy if you want to stay active during your holiday.

The island also has a rich history from WWII if you are interested in expanding your knowledge and learning more about the local history on your trip. During the war, Malta became the most bombed country in the world, with over 14,000 bombs dropped on the island. The outstanding WWII history means there are plenty of points of interest to experience Malta’s involvement first-hand.

If history doesn't pique your interests, then the Maltese are world renowned for their craft making as well as their versatile cuisine. The food in Malta takes a little from Italy, a pinch from North Africa and a twist of Spanish flair, a true culinary reflection of the history of the islands itself.

Weather in Malta can reach up to 30 degrees during the summer months and a very comfortable 20 degrees in the winter months, making it the perfect destination all year round.

2. Belize

Belize is a small country in Central America which sits on the Caribbean sea. Belize is home to the Belize Barrier Reef which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that is second in size to the Great Barrier Reef.

Belize enjoys a fairly constant temperature range between 24 C in January through to 27 C in July, what tends to fluctuate more is the humidity due to its tropical nature.. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Belize. You can enjoy the huge variety of colourful tropical fish either by snorkelling or scuba diving. You can also investigate the Blue Hole, which is a giant underwater sinkhole so big it can be seen from space! However there are a host of other sites where you can enjoy these activities.

If water is not your thing then you might want to investigate the rainforest canopy via ziplines! This will give you fantastic views of the Maya mountains and countless creeks. You can also do the same journey hiking if you are not a fan of heights giving you a great opportunity to see the wildlife including howler monkeys, crocodiles and maybe even see tracks of Jaguars or Tapirs.

From 15th February 2022 It is a requirement that all visitors to Belize have travel insurance in place before entering the country.

3. New Zealand

New Zealand has a wealth of breath-taking scenery, friendly and fun-loving people, plenty of things to see and do as well as delicious food and an infamous wine selection. New Zealand has everything you could wish for in a destination and it’s easy to navigate your way around.

Queenstown is a destination that should be on anyone's dream holiday. Set on the south side of the island, Queenstown is a travellers paradise offering dramatic alpine views that look like something straight off a seasonal greetings card and is a firm favourite for those that enjoy winter sports. Unsuspectingly, it is also a popular choice for those in the summer months wanting to visit some of the region's famous vineyards.

Just an hour outside of Queenstown is the popular yet quaint town of Wanaka, home to the beautiful and expansive, Lake Wanaka. This destination is enroute to Mount Aspiring National Park, so it is perfect for those that enjoy an active holiday or just one surrounded by unparalleled beauty.

Alternatively, if you, your children or grandchildren are movie buffs, there are plenty of locations in the north and south side of the island where you will come across filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The most famous being in Matamata, home of The Shire and Hobbiton movie set, which is on the north side of the island.

Also, If you or family members are still cautious with regards to international travel following COVID-19, New Zealand had one of the strongest responses to fighting the virus. They kept their borders firmly shut for over a year, and much of the region is now living relatively COVID-free!

Get Covered with Voyager Plus Travel Insurance

No matter which destination you decide to travel to this year and beyond, don't forget the importance of purchasing an extensive travel insurance policy from Voyager Plus Travel Insurance,

Voyager Plus Travel Insurance policies include cover for the following:

  • COVID cover included for Cancellation and Emergency Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Expenses up to £10,000,000 (including repatriation!)
  • Cancellation or Curtailment up to £10,000
  • Baggage up to £3,500
  • Missed Departure / Journey Disruption up to £1,000
  • Personal Liability up to 3,000,000
  • And much more.

You can get a Voyager Plus Travel Insurance quote by clicking the “ Get A Quote” button on our website or by calling our helpful team on 01483 806 680.

This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording here for the latest policy terms, conditions and exclusions.

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