Top 5 travel ideas

So much to explore, so little time! Whether you want to narrow down your options or you need some inspiration to get started, these travel ideas may be able to help.

Of course, everyone has different time constraints and budget constraints - but this range of options should have something to suit most requirements.

1. Big Lap around Australia

You'll need at least four months and a decent amount of cash to do it right, but a Big Lap of Australia is one of the richest and most rewarding travel experiences out there. From the gleaming cities of the East Coast to the dusty outback paths, this is one holiday you'll never forget.

2. Volunteer with pandas in China

Chengu, in China's Sichan province, has a panda breeding base which hosts volunteers. This is the only one of our travel ideas that involves spending hours shovelling poo, but the experience of getting up close to these beautiful - and critically endangered - animals makes it all worth it.

3. Skirt the Riviera

For those of you with less time to spare, hop on a plane and you could be in Nice in under three hours. From here, you can rent a car and wind through the hills of the French Riviera, taking in famous locations like Cannes and Monaco along the way.

4. South East Asia's Banana Pancake trail

The Banana Pancake trail (taking in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos) is by now a well beaten path, so don't expect to find "The Beach" here. What you will find is incredible beaches, cosmopolitan cities, world heritage historical sites, mouth watering cuisine, and so much more.

5. Rediscover Ireland

The final one of our travel ideas will keep you closer to home, but it is by no means any less exciting. Explore Ireland's under-rated coastlines, lively cities and rural charms. Northern Ireland in particular has some amazing travel gems that many people overlook on their first visit, including the Glens of Antrim and the confident charms of Derry/Londonderry.

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