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Travel writers reveal top holiday picks

Travel writers reveal top holiday picks
7 Jan 2014

More than 100 writers with 1,769 years of travel journalism experience have revealed their favourite holiday spots. 

The biggest ever survey of the UK's travel journalists - including famous names such as  Simon Calder of the Independent and adventurer Ben Fogle - was conducted by trip inspiration website 101 Holidays.

It asked these esteemed professionals questions such as where they would go if they could have a free airline ticket anywhere in the world, and where they would travel if they paid for their own holiday. 

When the responses were added together, France came out on top as the UK travel writing fraternity's favourite country, closely followed by India. The top ten was completed by Italy, the USA, Thailand, South Africa, the UK, Spain, Japan and Australia. 

There were few surprises in the favourite city category, with New York, London and Paris making up the top three, with Venice, San Francisco, Sydney, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Berlin rounding out the top ten. Cape Town placed 11th. 

As for where to go for the best beach, opinion was far more divided, with so many different resorts named. In the end, Krabi in Thailand was number one on a list of five destinations that each got three or more votes. 

Thailand has its fair share of brilliant beaches according to the well-travelled respondents, with the exotic country scooping the most best beach votes. 

When asked where they would like to fly for free in 2014, Australia was the most popular choice ahead of destination of the moment, Brazil, and the USA. However, the USA jumped up to first when the travel writers were asked where they would pay to go this year. 

Finally, they also had chance to pick their favourite airline for booking flights with, and it was British Airways that just tipped Virgin Atlantic to the top spot. Surprisingly, cheap flight specialists easyJet and Ryanair both made the first ten, 'presumably on the basis of value, reliability and choice of routes, rather than inflight comfort', 101 Holidays speculated.ADNFCR-408-ID-801679391-ADNFCR

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