It's a guilty pleasure in the HELLO! offices to spend our breaks scrolling longingly through celebrity holiday photos, living their luxury vacations vicariously through their social media accounts, wishing we were there too. And if you're anything like us, then we've got some good news for you! Thomson are now offering affordable and direct flights from the UK to a multitude of exotic locations across the globe so it is now easier than ever before to venture further afield for the holiday of a lifetime! So whether you're hoping to explore and chase adventure like Angelina Jolie in Vietnam, or loll in a hammock on a secluded shoreline like Prince Harry in St Lucia, the following destinations could hold the answers to your travel prayers!
Feeling inspired? Book now with code EXOTIC150 at Thomson to save £150 per booking on long haul holidays this summer*
From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the blissful beaches of Railay and Kho Phi Phi, you really can get the best of both worlds in Thailand. Make like Blake Lively and Kate Moss and visit the 'Land of Smiles' for sun and sand on some of the world's finest beaches, sightseeing and tasting some of the flavoursome local Thai delicacies. Plus, if you fancy it, partying at the world-famous full moon parties. But be warned, your friends will be positively green with envy when they see your picture-perfect sunset photos!
Commonly known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, you certainly won't be short of things to see and do on the fascinating island of Sri Lanka, which counts The One Show host Alex Jones, Myleene Klass and Louise Thompson among its recent celebrity visitors. Wander off the beaten track a little to visit world-famous and lush tea plantations, or spy on elephants as they roam far and wide in the national parks. Sri Lanka's natural beauty remains abundant and unspoilt, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination. Better still, Thomson Airways offers direct flights to Sri Lanka from London Gatwick between November and April.
If you're looking to a travel a little later in the year, Vietnam is the ideal destination for some warming, winter sun. A gem in south-east Asia, the country - popular with stars including Angelina Jolie and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg - is full of hidden treasures such as crystal-clear waters surrounding emerald islands, ancient temples and enchanting lantern-lit cities that will leave you desperate to come back for more.
Loved by the stars, from Beyonce to the Kardashians, Costa Rica lies in the heart of Central America and has just about everything from jungle-fringed beaches and spectacular volcanic peaks, to tropical rainforests brimming with wildlife including sloths, monkeys and hummingbirds! A trip here will give you the chance to tick more than a few things off your bucket list, from ziplining through a misty cloud-forest canopy to relaxing in a spring heated by Volcanic rock. Famed for its remarkable range of ecosystems, home to an astonishing 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world, a holiday to Costa Rica will undoubtedly leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
With its aquamarine waters and powder white sandy beaches, it's easy to see how St Lucia's breath-taking natural beauty has seduced celebrities and royals alike, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Prince Harry. Not only is this Caribbean island a popular honeymoon destination, but it is also home to some incredible waterfalls and rainforests that thrill-seeks will find impossible to resist.
*Save an extra £150 per booking with code EXOTIC150 - including children aged 2 and over on our long haul package holidays. Discount is valid on long haul holidays departing 1st May 2017 - 31st July 2017. The minimum spend is £1,500 per booking and any extras such as insurance, room upgrades & selecting seats, are added. The offer is valid from the 5th of April 2017 on thomson.co.uk. The offer is not valid on bookings made through any Call Centre. The offer does not apply to group bookings of more than 9 people, hotel only, flight only, multi-centres, cities and cruise or ski bookings. This offer is only valid for new bookings and can only be redeemed once. Enter the code EXOTIC150 in upper case when on the holiday payment page of our website. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. The offer is subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn without notice. This promotional code is non-transferable and not valid in conjunction with any other discount code.