There's plenty of hols in Twenty12
Like any other year, 2011 was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.
No, I’m not talking about Adrian Chiles and his Daybreak disaster, although it was generous of him to admit to my former colleague Dan Wootton in an interview: “What housewife wants to look at me in the mornings?”
Actually Adrian, I’d rather look at you than listen to your ex co-host Christine Bleakley.
It’s still tough losing your job, even tougher if you are good at what you do – ask my former News of the World colleagues who are all delighted to see the back of 2011.
The newspaper’s closure was bad and ugly!
New Year and new ventures for many of us and that can’t be a bad thing.
I hope to see more of the world although it will be hard to beat last year – France a few times, Majorca, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York and more of Jamaica.
Majorca, Greece, Vietnam and Mexico are 2012 holiday winners
They are all destinations guaranteed to pull in tourists in 2012.
But let’s take a look at where the tour operators are predicting will be hotspots.
Thomas Cook says Turkey, France, Spain, Cyprus and Florida. All safe options for Brits.
Thomson and First Choice opt for the Canaries, Cyprus, Cape Verde, Croatia, Jamaica and Mexico. They are bound to get some right!
Cosmos is so confident that hard-up Greece will be a winner they have added a few more resorts to their programme. I agree – it will be good value.
Virgin Holidays are backing Vietnam and Mexico with Virgin Atlantic launching flights to Cancun in June. And they reckon Orlando will benefit from the arrival of the new Disney Fantasy ship in April. Cruise and stay packages are becoming more and more popular.
Vietnam will definitely be up there this year because of new direct Vietnam Airlines flights from the UK.
Low Cost Holidays are predicting Majorca and Turkey as short-haul favourites, with Mexico and the Gambia grabbing the long-haul market.
On The Beach will be battling for the Gambia market, too, and believe Bulgaria will pull in the visitors to resorts such as Sunny Beach.
For the more adventurous, World Expeditions have chosen Jordan, Bolivia, Mexico, Morocco, Mustang and Vietnam among their top destinations.
Will as many Brits go abroad this year? Absolutely. They will do without beer, cigarettes and bingo before they give up their annual summer holiday.
And who can blame them? We all need something to look forward to in miserable, rainy January.
Happy New Year.
PS: There’ll be more pets travelling in 2012, says Cheapflights.co.uk. From tomorrow, changes to the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme make it easier to take your pets away. Dogs and cats can skip the currently required blood test and the £100 cost associated with it and will spend less time in quarantine.