5 destinations for super long vacations
Want to get away from the UK for a few months? Live like a local at these five destinations, all of which provide a very long break.
Let’s face it: travel is tough right now. With COVID testing, forms, and potential quarantines to think about, a weekend just doesn’t have the same appeal as it did in 2019. Step into the super long vacation, which makes that extra effort to make it happen. escape is worth it. But where can UK travelers stay for up to six months … or more?
We highlight some of the best destinations for long term travel. Some need visas, some don’t. Some are in Europe, others are long haul. Whether you’re looking for laid-back island living or an immersion in a new city, there’s something for everyone.
Warning: Border regulations, entry restrictions and traffic light status change all the time. The information was correct at the time of writing. Check out the latest government overseas travel tips for the country you plan to visit before booking a trip.
Top 5 destinations for long vacations
Why is Portugal ideal for a long vacation?
The cost of living is low, the weather is good, and there is a huge expat community. You can quickly build a social life by joining local expat groups on Facebook and there is plenty to keep you busy and entertained. Learn to surf and live your best beach life in the Algarve, sip cocktails in the stylish cities of Lisbon and Porto, or head out into the countryside with an Alentejo farm stay.
How long can I stay in Portugal?
Now that the UK has left the EU, Brits are considered third country nationals. Currently, you can stay for up to 90 days in a six month period. If three months is not enough for you, you can apply for a long stay visa.
Learn more about travel to the EU after Brexit.
What COVID-19 entry restrictions has Portugal put in place?
- Mainland Portugal and the Azores Islands are currently on the amber travel list
- Madeira is on the green list
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine upon arrival – otherwise there is a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.
Why is Thailand ideal for a long vacation?
Dream beaches, a low cost of living, and what might be the friendliest people in the world, make Thailand a popular destination for extended stays. Live the high life in bustling Bangkok, roam the islands in Krabi province or head to the mountains and join the digital nomad community established in Chiang Mai.
How long can I stay in Thailand?
You can stay up to 30 days without a visa, 60 days with a tourist visa, or 90 days with a special tourist visa. It is possible to request a visa extension if you wish to stay longer.
What COVID-19 entry restrictions does Thailand have in place?
- Thailand is currently on the amber travel list
- Arrivals from UK to Thailand must be spent 14 days in a state quarantine or alternate state quarantine facility
- Vaccinated travelers can currently visit Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao without quarantine
- Thailand hopes full reopening to vaccinated travelers by the end of 2021.
Why is Armenia ideal for a long vacation?
It is an extraordinary destination with a rich cultural heritage, a friendly atmosphere and a low cost of living. Enjoy relaxed summer evenings on the terraces of Yerevan bars, go hiking in the mountains, swim in crystal clear lakes and discover delicious traditional dishes like tolma (stuffed vine leaves) and khorovats (barbecue meat skewers).
How long can I stay in Armenia?
UK passport holders can go up to 180 days (or around six months) visa-free.
What COVID-19 entry restrictions does Armenia have in place?
- Armenia is currently in amber travel list
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers should bring a negative PCR test
- It is possible to pay a test on arrival at Zvartnots airport, and self-isolate until you get a negative result
Why is Barbados ideal for a long vacation?
Sun all year round, white sand beaches and a laid back tropical lifestyle…. it is the dream of the Caribbean. Bajans are renowned for their friendly and welcoming demeanor, so expect a lot of hospitality. On a long Barbados vacation, you’ll have time to try out water sports, explore underground cave systems, and taste lots of rum.
How long can I stay in Barbados?
British passport holders can stay in Barbados for up to six months, visa-free.
What COVID-19 entry restrictions does Barbados have in place?
- Barbados is currently on the green list
- All travelers must bring a negative PCR test results
- you must submit a boarding / disembarking pass 24 hours before arrival
- Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated arrivals must pay to quarantine in an official hotel, and take a PCR test on the fifth day
- Vaccinated travelers should undergo a test on arrival and isolate until a negative test result comes back (usually within 24 hours)
Why is Canada ideal for long vacations?
It’s English speaking and – unsurprisingly, for the second largest country in the world – there is a lot to see and do. You really need a long vacation to do Canada justice. Take a fall road trip in Nova Scotia, hit the ski slopes in Whistler or explore bustling French-influenced cities like Toronto and Montreal.
How long can I stay in Canada?
UK passport holders can stay in Canada for up to six months without a visa. You just need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you are traveling.
What COVID-19 entry restrictions has Canada put in place?
- Canada is currently on the amber list
- Fully vaccinated Britons will be welcomed back from Beginning of September
- All travelers aged 5 and over must produce a negative PCR test result.
Ready for an extended vacation?
With more and more people making extended stays and even choosing to work abroad as a digital nomad, many countries are offering long-stay visas to attract travelers. It has never been easier to book a big, long break. So why not beat the blues and go on an adventure?
Find out where to go
Make plans to go back? Discover open borders with our interactive world map and sign up to receive email updates when your top destinations reopen.
Take a very long vacation: faq
There is no set definition for long-term travel. It means different things to different people. It could mean being on the road for three to six months, or extending your gap year by a year or two. For some slow, long-term travelers, like digital nomads, this can mean being constantly on the move. Since most vacations last a few weeks, we assume they last longer than a month.
1. Find your destination first: which cities are the best and which neighborhoods?
2. Check visa requirements for long-term travelers
3. Set a budget. Find out how much money you need to live and start saving. Sites like Numbeo can give a good idea of the cost of living
4. Look for long-term accommodation options
5. Book your flights early. Some destinations may want to see your return ticket when you arrive.
1. Book self-catering accommodation so you don’t have to dine out every night
2. Travel during the low season: many accommodation owners have special offers to ensure full occupancy.
3. Look for free activities in your destinations. Many towns offer free walking tours and museums offer free entry on special occasions
4. Do your own laundry. Laundromats are often much cheaper than hotel laundry services
5. Become minimalist. Spend money only on the things you need, not just the things you want. For example, have a coffee in a thermos and people watch in a park, rather than going to a cafe.
You want to know more ?
Stay inspired when the time is right. Get travel tips, news and deals straight to your inbox.