As the summer months are nearing and the strawberry daiquiris are flowing, we, in the 1st Option office, are getting itchy feet. Flicking through old holiday albums and shopping online for bikinis are two pastimes, which are becoming all too familiar.

But as we stare out of our office windows and imagine the Mediterranean seafront there to greet us, all we can do is just that: imagine. So we have decided to swap interior design inspo for travel inspo and get you all in the spirit by sharing some of our favourite holiday locations, along with our own personal photography from the different trips we have been on. And trust me, between us there have been a fair few!

Cat – Account Manager

‘My all-time favourite holiday location is definitely Croatia. I went there a few years ago with my friends and it was honestly so much fun! My favourite cities were Hvar and Vis. Croatia is one of those places that is becoming more and more popular to visit but I can totally understand why. It is affordable, it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and sunsets, and you have to travel about on a speedboat. What’s not to like?!’

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Kennedy – Account Executive

 

‘It all started with a few too many G&T’s (as any good story does) and a friend of mine, who happens to be a pilot for British Airways, and before I knew it, I had landed in Mexico City. This is now one of my favourite destinations in the world, especially when the Day of the Dead festival is taking place. The costumes, the decorations, the Mayan pyramids which we climbed (not advised on a hangover) – everything is so beautiful. We ended our boozy weekend with a quick flight to Cancun for some much needed silence and snoozing on the beautiful white beaches!’

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Sinead – New Location Library Manager

 

‘My favourite European city has to be Lisbon. It is the San Francisco of Europe and I have visited 5 times! The nightlife, the food, the beaches, the shopping – it really has got it all. The views are amazing from the top of the old town and it also has a really traditional feel to it, mixed with quirky bars and restaurants and the Time Out Mercado da Riberia, which is another level.’

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‘Then I have to give Lalaland a mention. There is no other place quite like LA. Walking down Sunset Boulevard you see all sorts of sights, from dogs skateboarding to 90 year olds doing headstands – anything goes! Also, if you are interested in some star spotting, get yourself to Chateau Marmont. To top off the holiday, I went swimming in the sea at the gorgeous Santa Monica beach after a hot trek up the Hollywood hills.’

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Stephanie – Digital Marketing and SEO Manager

 

‘For me, nothing beats my holiday to Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. It is a great location if you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday with lots of sea and lots of sand. To be honest, I spent most of the time doing water sports, but that suits me perfectly. From snorkelling and seeing sting rays and starfish, to parasailing on the back of a boat – there are so many fun things to do. I also went fishing most days and on one of the days, I caught a shark! The food is incredible, with an array of sea food and the best jerk chicken that I’ve ever had!’

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Sophia – Account Manager

 

‘As a lover of photography, one of the main credentials I look for when on holiday is how beautiful it is and if I can get a good picture. And Barcelona certainly didn’t disappoint in this department. There are so many incredible sights to see including the Plaza Catalunya, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. When I was there I also visited some flamingos, which, by the way, are my spirit animal. The tapas and paella are utterly delicious and the W Hotel is a great location for cocktails at night (and if you want to almost marry an Australian man, but that’s another story!)’

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Ella – Marketing Coordinator

 

‘Last year, my parents bought my sister and I a trip to New York for our birthdays and it was one of the best weekends of my life! Neither of us had been to America before so we didn’t really know what to expect but we definitely weren’t disappointed. We went during December so we got to experience all kinds of weather, including bright blue skies and blizzards of snow, but it only added to the whole experience. We went up the Empire State and got to see the whole of New York at night; we got a boat to the Statue of Liberty, where I was probably the coldest I have ever been in my entire life; we cycled around Central Park; and we shopped in Brooklyn, Times Square and the Rockefeller Centre, where we also went ice skating. There is never a shortage of things to do (and there is never a shortage of food, either!)’

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