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11 destinations to beat Blue Monday

Cheer up chappy! We know it’s Blue Monday but blue is definitely NOT a colour we associate with being down in the dumps. How could it be when you’ve got the Philippines’ turquoise oceans, Santorini’s dome roofs and the mountain city of blue, Chefchaouen?  Here’s our top 11 destinations where you’ll be seeing things with azure tinted glasses.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

A city that’s painted blue, but won’t have you feeling a single shade of it. Wander around the tourist-free narrow alleys in the Medina and pinkie-promise us you won’t leave without trying a cup of freshly made mint tea. It’s known in Morocco to bring you health benefits that will help sip those blues away!

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Read more: Morocco travel guide


Great Barrier Reef, Australia

How can anyone frown in front of Nemo? If snorkelling around the world’s largest coral reef isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. Dive into the crystal-clear water and take in all the multi-coloured coral, all 1,430 miles of it.

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Ready for an underwater Attenborough experience? Find out where and how with our Cairns Travel guide

Santorini, Greece

If we could write the laws of travel, we’d make it illegal for anyone to put a black and white filter on Santorini! This baby should be left to shine in all its blue and white glory. The delish Greek food is enough to keep a smile on your face, plus the Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest. All the fresh seafood, hummus and feta for you my friend.

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Read more: Europe Travel guide

 

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Release your inner mermaid and plunge into the second largest reef in the world, The Blue Hole. But if diving ain’t your thang, you can always chill with the wild hermit crabs on the white sandy beaches.

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Read more: Belize Travel guide

 

Shah Mosque, Iran

Feast your eyes on this Iranian beauty. Potentially the grandest entrance to a building, ever. If you think it looks impressive from a distance, imagine getting up close and personal with those intricately designed tiles. When you’re inside, the mosque opens into a central courtyard with tons of small corridors to wander down.

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Sound like your cup of tea? Visit this architectural masterpiece on one of our tours of the Middle-East

 

El Nido, Philippines

Ask anyone who’s been to the Philippines and you’ll have a tough time shutting them up about how they fell in love with the place. They’ll eat your ears off with stories about star filled skies, glowing plankton and waking up on the beach to scenes of the turquoise ocean. AND they’ve got turtles. Winning!

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Is Island life calling your name? Read more about the tropical vibe of the Philippines

 

Marble Caves, Chile

Finding these caves isn’t an easy task, but my oh my is it worth the challenge! Chile’s Cavernas de Mármol, are some of Mother Nature’s finest work. Formed by over 6 thousand years of waves hitting against calcium carbonate, the blue walls reflect the lake’s waters which can change different shades depending on the time of year. Hue knew?

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Read more: Chile Travel guide

 

Moraine Lake, Canada

A view so good it once appeared on a Canadian $20 bill. FACT. Moraine Lake is at its very bluest in June and July after the first heavy melt-water of the year, but tbh, it’s easy on the eyes all year round.

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Find out there you can witness Canada’s impressive Lakes using our Canada Travel guide.

 

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Found in the heart of the Sultanahmet neighbourhood, you’ll be confused as to why it’s known as ‘The Blue Mosque’, well to find out you’ll need to head inside to be surrounded by the 20,000 blue tiles.

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Blue Mountains National Park, Australia  

Take a break from Sydney and embark on a day trip to this blue rocky haven. Home to the famous Three Sisters, you can climb, hike and mountain bike to your adventurous hearts content.

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Jodhpur, India

Grab your Aladdin or Jasmine and head on a magical turquoise carpet ride to Jodhpur, the second largest city in the sun state of Rajasthan. For the foodies, gorge on a Rajasthani thali setthat gives your taste buds 5 different flavours in one plate: sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and spicy. It’s basically a party in your mouth.

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If that hasn’t lifted your mood and got you itching to dive head first in to the world of blue, we find the best cure for a bad mood is getting excited for a holiday! Need inspo? Why not check out our 2018 trending destinations?