Technically speaking, the likes of the United Kingdom is a nation of islands as well and one which makes for a top travel destination among travellers from different parts of the world, but let’s face it – if someone is browsing the web, looking for a long overdue annual escape destination, rainy London, Liverpool or Manchester don’t readily come to mind, do they? Sure, those of us who live inland might like to go down to the coast, but it’s not quite the same as escaping to a tropical island destination such as the Seychelles, Mauritius, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados, etc, is it?
So the question is, why are these typically tropical island destinations, featuring white sandy beaches that are lined with palm trees, such popular holiday destinations? I asked some of our readers to write in and what they had to say pretty much just mirrored my own experiences of the various types of destinations to escape to, with every indication pointing in the direction of the tropical islands as the very best of them all…
The feeling of remoteness
Look, it really doesn’t matter how easy it is to get to a specific tropical island destination, which it really is these days. The fact which remains is that once you arrive on what looks like one of those dreamy travel postcards, you cannot help but feel like you’ve made a really long and difficult journey. This is true even if it was perhaps just a short flight away, like how you can get to the Cayman Island from Heathrow as easily as you can fly to pretty much any other “regular” destination.
It’s this inherent feeling of remoteness that contributes to the general consensus of islands making for a top choice in holiday destinations. The feeling can definitely be aggravated, but only if the remote island you’re escaping to is indeed remote enough for it to be quite the journey to get to. We’re talking here the likes of Virgin Gorda, which is part of the British Virgin Islands, etc.
The scenery and ambience
Even those of us who travel as frequently as we can have some downtime during which we have to go back home or stay in one location for a prolonged period of time, whether it’s for work purposes or to attend to family issues. In that time even a travel blogger such as myself reads other bloggers’ content and watches some YouTube videos as well.
A particularly favourite flavour of videos I like to “watch” is that of some relaxing tunes from islands, usually in the form of steel drums that are synonymous with the Caribbean and which have spread to other similar tropical island destinations. The point is when they select a still image to make the slide show, it inevitably resembles the tropical island setting we’re going on and on about.
What this says is simply that things probably cannot get much better than the typical tropical island setting by way of a relaxing atmosphere and ambience, which is why this is a top holiday destination.