Travel is often cited as fundamental to happiness, as it creates unforgettable memories and a change of scenery to explore at your own pace. Whilst some brave the winter weather at home, there’s no better time to enjoy some of our best-loved breaks.
We all know the excitement begins once you’ve confirmed your booking, so to kickstart the planning process, we’ve researched destinations which provide a sense of well-being.
Madeira, Portugal - Flight time: 4h
Often referred to as ‘the floating garden’, the picturesque island of Madeira is in bloom all year round. Its location off the coast of Morocco offers perfect weather to unwind, as mild temperatures throughout winter supply plenty of vitamin D which releases serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone’.
The city of Funchal provides a combination of thrill-seeking sport and quiet corners for relaxation, so an enjoyable visit is guaranteed for all.
Lapland, Sweden - Flight time: 3h 30m
Take well-being to the wilderness, and explore the magical landscapes of Lapland, where age-old cultures and tranquillity go hand-in-hand. Unrivalled respect towards nature ensures this peaceful part of the world has the highest air quality on record, proven to elevate mood amongst other health benefits.
Cyprus - Flight time: 5h
Known for its stunning natural beauty and climate – this island is bathed in sunshine and blue skies for most of the year. Devoting yourself to well-being once you are there is simple, with plenty of choices when it comes to rejuvenating spa hotels.
Cypriot food is known to be very healthy, as locals pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients. Don't forget to soak up some history and take in ancient sites including Roman amphitheatres or Aphrodite’s Rock on foot or by bike.
Cornwall, UK - Flight time: 1h 25m
With a generous mix of coastal beaches and hiking trails, Newquay offers a breath of fresh air when it comes to taking care of your well-being. For those brave enough, enjoy the world-famous Fistral beach for a spot of surfing - don't forget the wetsuit!
Rome, Italy - Flight time: 2h 50m
A city guaranteed to leave you smitten and wanting more, Rome is best explored on foot at your own pace - making it the perfect place to relax. In Vatican City, you'll find St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world- if you take on the 551 steps to the top of the cupola you'll find a wondrous view of the city.
Wander up cobbled streets and toss a coin into Trevi Fountain, before paying a visit to the Rome Colosseum, best explored at sunset.
All that’s left to do is make it to the airport, where we offer convenient parking, security fast-track, and three luxurious lounges; rest and retreat begin at Yorkshire’s Airport.
Our on-site car parks offer space on the terminal doorstep, so you can get from car to plane with ease.
For winter, we recommend our Short Stay or Premium Short Stay car parks, which are closest to the terminal.
The Yorkshire Lounge
The Yorkshire Lounge has recently undergone a transformation, including new comfortable seating, decor and lighting alongside a new menu.
Table service is also in place to kick-start your holiday.
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