When the time finally comes around to take a week or two off work and enjoy some sunshine abroad, we’re keen to make the most of it. The wonder of a holiday lies in the opportunity for us to get away from our day to day lives and experience the natural beauty and rich culture of the world.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere just a few hours’ flight from home or are jetting off to the other side of the world, here are a few tips for making the most of your well-earned beach break.

Take part in activities

Most seaside destinations will offer you the chance to get involved in some exciting activities. From the thrill of water-skiing to the serenity of exploring under the surface of the sea while scuba diving, these opportunities are not to be missed.

Sample the local cuisine

The world is home to a wide variety of delicious and imaginative cuisines. Typically, the best food is closest to the water’s edge, where fresh seafood is in abundance. No matter where you are in the world, you can be sure that the local chefs will have the ability to work wonders with the catch of the day – whether that’s red snapper or swordfish.

309138_10100814451120801_1929320400_nChoose your destination wisely

There’s certainly no shortage of paradise in the world but it’s important that you research your destination thoroughly. Think carefully about what it is that you’re looking to get out of your time away and plan to arrive somewhere which is capable of ticking all of the boxes.

While there are some destinations which can please just about anybody – Punta Cana holidays, for example – other destinations are tailored more specifically to those with certain criteria. Follow the recommendations of other travellers and professionals in the travel industry to be sure that your destination has everything you need.

Take care of yourself

When you arrive and the sun is shining every day, it’s easy to get carried away and spend every minute of the day in the heat of the sun. However, the last thing you want when on holiday is sun burn or sun stroke so it always pays to be cautious. Looking after yourself by wearing sunscreen and appropriate protective clothing can mean the difference between having the time of your life and having to spend half your holiday indoors.