With about 600 staff working at the Adrian Flux headquarters, it’s no surprise to find a real mixture of talented people.
But one of the more unlikely stars is 21-year-old Stevi-Ann Levy, the recently crowned West Norfolk Sportswoman of the Year.
Because while there’s nothing unusual about Stevi’s love of going to the gym, she’s not there just to keep fit – she’s there to train for her blossoming career as an amateur boxer.
Already Eastern Counties champion, Stevi was beaten in the national semi-finals last year, and starts her preparations for another crack this year at Boston on March 22.
To help her preparations, bosses at Flux agreed to provide enough sponsorship cash to pay for new kit, including tracksuits, head guards, a kitbag, boxing boots, training vests and t-shirts.
A delighted Stevi, who fights out of the Heros Gym, in Lynn, said: “I can’t thank Adrian Flux enough for all of their help.
“All of the new kit will make me look so much more professional in and out of the ring wearing the tracksuits and t-shirts with the Flux logo on it.
“I’d like to thank Gavin Hill and Robert Balls at Flux for all of their help. My management team at work have also been really supportive, especially my team manager Hayley Sanctuary who has also become one of my best friends.”
Whether it’s a high-end fashion steal or a piece of vintage kitsch, no one can resist a bargain, and car boot sales are a brilliant way to cash in on the junk you have hanging around the house that may well be someone else’s idea of treasure.
Adrian Flux Insurance Services provides specialist van and truck insurance, including policies for people who use their vans for hobbies such as angling, surfing, astronomy, mountaineering, paramotoring, mountain biking and…car booting!
Flux’s personal use van insurance policy includes up to £1,500 cover for your sporting or leisure equipment and a host of other benefits thanks to a tailor-made policy just for you.
And perhaps you could raise the cash for your premium with Adrian Flux’s top car boot tips for sellers…
How to cash-in at car boot sales:
- Find the perfect boot sale for the things you have to sell by checking out carbootjunction or yourbooty. If you have time, visit the boot sales and work out the best place for your pitch – it’s a good move to set up your stall close to the entrance and near food stalls.
- Pack your items the night before the sale, in small boxes if possible so they’re easy to transport from the car to your table. If you’ve got a lot of booty to shift, take some waterproof sheets to lay items out on.
- Arrive early so you are first in the queue for the best pitches and consider taking a friend so you can both sell simultaneously and you’ve got someone to man the stall if you need to go to the toilet or want a quick browse. You can also split the cost of the stall, maximising your profit.
- Set up your table and then unpack one box at a time, locking your car in between unpacking sessions. If you don’t, people (known in the trade as ‘boot divers’!) will swarm all over your car, which is annoying and confusing.
- Consider having themed areas on your stall rather than a jumble of junk. Either have areas where everything costs a certain amount of money – such as a £1 box, a £2 clothes rail and so forth – or put objects together, such as books, household items and nick-nacks.
- Keep your most expensive, desirable items in eyeshot at all times with your cheaper items in boxes on the floor or on ground sheets. Not everyone who comes to a car boot sale intends to pay for what they come away with.
- Dealers tend to be the first customers to arrive but don’t feel forced to sell too cheaply – if they really want what you’re selling, they’ll come back, and people tend to spend more money later in the morning.
- Make sure you have lots of change and a secure container with a lid for the money you take – wear a money belt if you can.
- Many buyers come to car boot sales badly prepared, so spend the weeks before your sale collecting plastic bags so that customers can take away their purchases.
- Take snacks, drinks and lunch so that you’re not tempted to blow any cash you make on the food stalls.
- Unless your children are old enough to be helpful, consider leaving them at home – it’s hard enough to keep an eye on your customers, your stock and your money box without having to add a couple of fractious toddlers into the mix. If your children are old enough, consider giving them their own area of the stall to man – children are often natural salespeople.
- People want to feel they’ve got a bargain, so start your pricing slightly higher than you’d be willing to sell for so that people feel they’ve been able to barter you down to a price they feel is a steal. Don’t be rude to people who offer you ridiculously low prices – haggling is all part of the car boot experience.
- Move your stock around the stall throughout the morning – people often walk along the same aisles more than once and might have missed what you have to offer the first time they passed.
- If the point of your car boot sale selling was to declutter your house and create some space, consider lowering your prices dramatically as the sale ends. A great tip if you don’t want to have boxes of junk hanging around your house is to post a message on Freecycle or Gumtree offering your leftovers free to a good home. They’ll be gone in a matter of hours!
- Be prepared for a wait before you can leave the site – take a book to read or enjoy the opportunity to browse around other people’s stalls for some last minute bargains!
This winter, storms wreaked havoc across the UK with homes in North Wales, northern England, Scotland, Kent, East Anglia, the south west of England and the Thames valley all falling victim to flooding.
More than 100 flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency, some of which were at the highest level, involving a risk to life.
The weather may be unpredictable, but a bespoke policy from specialist insurance broker Adrian Flux is anything but – the broker’s team of expert advisers can provide a bespoke policy that suits your property, and your wallet.
In addition to finding the home insurance you need to ensure that you are covered in case of flooding, it also pays to be prepared – this may mean modifying your property if you live in an at-risk area and knowing how to limit the damage if your property is breached.
But what happens if your home is flooded? What exactly is covered by your insurance policies? Have you got the insurance cover that you need?
What you should do if your home is damaged by flood or storm damage:
1) As soon as you hear there is a risk of flood, make sure you have your home (and car, if appropriate) insurance policies to hand in case you need to make a claim – keep them in a safe, waterproof place.
2) After the incident, contact your insurer as quickly as possible. If you are calling out-of-hours, you will find most will have emergency helplines which will help you start the process as soon as possible.
3) You can arrange temporary emergency repairs if they will stop the damage to your property getting worse. Make sure you inform your insurer of any such measures and keep any receipts so you can submit them with your claim.
4) Items damaged by floodwater should be kept until your insurer has advised you what to do – some items may be able to be repaired.
5) Remember that just because the water has subsided, the damage it has done to your property can take weeks or months to repair. Do not decorate a house that has yet to dry out properly.
What is covered on my insurance policies?
1) Your household buildings and contents policy will cover flood and storm damage and, usually, your insurer will be able to pay for temporary accommodation for you and your family while your own home is being repaired.
2) If your car is comprehensively insured, it will be covered for flood or storm damage. Some policies will also include a replacement vehicle for you to use while yours is out of action.
3) Business insurance policies will cover storm and flood damage to your premises and stock. If you are working in a high-risk area, it’s worth checking that your policy includes business interruption cover or buying a separate policy. This will cover costs such as hiring a temporary base for your operation.
4) Travel policies can cover you if your plans are disrupted by bad weather – check your policy to ensure that you have the peace of mind you need.
* Adrian Flux Insurance Services has a team of expert advisers who can offer you bespoke policies for home, car and travel insurance. For more information, call 0333 555500 or visit www.adrianflux.co.uk.
It would be surprising if at least a few of you didn’t recognise this piece of automotive brilliance. Perhaps you fondly recall memories of your childhood, wheeling around the garden in your little plastic red and yellow ‘Little Tikes’ toy car. Or perhaps you’ve seen this exact, road-going version far more recently. This one car has really captured people’s imaginations of late, with its viral internet spread as far reaching as various large American news websites. Since then, it’s been picked up by the national press, including The Sun and The Mirror, with the BBC also having met with John, joining him for a ride along.
So why do we mention, you ask. Well, it just so happens that this brilliantly imaginative, road-legal car needs to be insured and we’re proud to announce that we’re the company able to provide the necessary cover.
We caught up with John, of Attitude Autos, to get the lowdown;
Owner: John Bitmead (Attitude Autos)
Car: “Toytown Coupé” (Donor car; Daewoo Matiz)
Modifications: “Extensive! Haha. Needless to say that – barring the running gear and modified portions of the roof and chassis – there is very little of the original Matiz left.”
Top Speed: 70mph
Time spent on the vehicle: 1,000 hours
Vehicle use: “The vehicle was built with fundraising in mind, with The Child Brain Injury Trust receiving the lion’s share of proceeds. Over the course of the year, we’ll be attending various promotional events and shows to raise money. In addition, we’re currently planning a 20 day trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats, stopping at various towns and cities en route.”
Why Adrian Flux: “As a long-term customer of Adrian Flux, it really didn’t take too much thought! In fact they’ve covered all of my vehicles, ranging from high performance cars to American imports right through to this one-off, since the late 80’s.”
Most important insurance element: “The agreed value was an essential factor of the insurance. Given the unique nature of the car, along with the amount of time that we’ve all (Attitude Autos) invested in the project, we always knew it would be difficult to place an accurate value on the car. After a few discussions with the guys at Flux, it was decided that we’d have an independent specialist come and appraise the car, which we then used as the basis for agreeing the value. Adrian Flux were more than happy to accept the accompanying valuation and it was a very painless, but important, procedure, all-in-all.”
For more information about the ‘Toytown Coupé’, or to have a look at all the others projects the guys at Attitude Autos are embracing, head over to their site and have a read. They’re always on the lookout for new projects, so if you’ve got something in mind, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.
Big thanks to John and everyone at Attitude Autos for the insight. No doubt the little motor will be spotted plenty of times, up and down the country but if you’d truly like to see ‘Toytown Coupé’, in the flesh, then come and join us at Trax.
Where can you see it: Along with a host of other vehicles, we’ll be hosting the ‘Toytown Coupé’ on the Adrian Flux stand for Trax at Silverstone on Sunday 7th September. Trax is the last show of the Adrian Flux Auto Series and is a great day out for car enthusiasts and families alike. Tickets are available here from as little at £16*, with children under 14 permitted free entrance with a paying adult.
*Early-bird ticket offer available until 26th May 2014.
Here at Adrian Flux, we’ve been providing specialist, tailored insurance policies for over 40 years, so if you’ve got a one-off or highly modified build in progress, give us a call on 0800 369 8590 or use our callback service to get a quote.
Here at Adrian Flux we are very proud of our heritage as the UK’s largest specialist insurance broker. We love knowing that no matter what you drive, you can come to us for a quote, confident that we can help. That’s why we were so happy to see that Phil at Road Magazine had such a good experience with us when insuring his latest project car.
The car in question for Phil was a Range Rover P38 – a 4.6-litre, V8, automatic and LPG-converted example – which he picked up at a motor auction in Norfolk. Purchasing the P38 was Phil’s first foray into the car auction world but, with success on his first attempt, it is clearly a world that he is well suited to. Before long, with the car checked over and his pals in the trade consulted, he was competing with the professionals, bidding furiously to secure the project car of his dreams.
With his nerves settled and tips picked up from the regulars ringing in his ears, Phil manoeuvered and bid his way into ownership. The key thing in auctions like this is to know your limit and stick to it – it can be far too easy to get carried away and blow your budget, leaving you with little to spend on fixing your purchase up.
All the paperwork was handled for Phil by the auction staff, leaving him with just the job of arranging insurance, which is where Adrian Flux came in. In his own words, our staff make the task of insuring practically anything very easy and pain-free and are all experts in motoring and insurance. Phil’s policy came in at under £400 and included free breakdown cover and allowed an endless list of modifications, both ideal features for a car destined to be tinkered with.
Since getting his P38 home, Phil has engaged on a campaign of modifications, from tuning the engine and replacing the suspension to upgrading the lights and getting it ready for greenlaning. Over time this P38 is sure to transform into a great example of what project cars can be, and we can’t wait to see the final product.
Phil’s story might seem a little unusual but it’s a very common occurrence for us. We regularly deal with customers who have bought older vehicles, unusual cars or have heavily modified them and are now looking for cover, and these are just the customers that Adrian Flux wants to help.
For more information on Phil’s P38 project and many others, visit Road Magazine http://www.roadmagazine.co.uk/2014/01/07/project-p38-introduction/
If you’re unfortunate enough to have burglars gaining entry to your house, what can you do to make it as hard as possible for them to steal your valuables? Adrian Flux Insurance Services has put together ten vital dos and don’ts to help you hang on to your property.
1) Don’t leave car keys hanging up by the door. It’s all too easy for the burglar to pocket them and drive your car away. But make sure you leave keys where they can be easily accessed in case of emergency.
2) Don’t place a file with all your important papers and documents – passports, bank details etc. – neatly under your desk just waiting to be picked up and removed.
3) Don’t hang a calendar up on the wall with the times of your engagements clearly marked. This will tell a burglar when they can expect you back and also when you will be out again in future if they are planning a return trip.
4) Don’t leave your laptop lying around. Find a good hiding place that is easily accessible – then you will be more likely to use it, but not one which is an obvious choice for burglars (such as a desk drawer).
5) Do mark easily removable valuables with a pen or other marking system. This makes it much easier for the police to trace your property. Companies such as Selectamark specialise in permanent marking systems. Alternatively simple UV marking pens can be purchased for a few pence from Crime Prevention Products.
6) Do consider installing a motion detection alarm, especially if you have a large house. Specialist companies can advise on the best alarm for the job.
7) Do think about keeping a dog. Burglars do not like properties with dogs. They are less likely to target you if there’s a barking dog patrolling around the rooms. And once in they will beat a pretty hasty retreat if they are met with snarling jaws.
8) Do keep a list of your valuables. Better still photograph or film every room in your house. It will help you remember what has been stolen and prove to your insurance company that the item was in situ before the burglary.
9) Do keep suitcases and bags in the loft with handles tied together so that burglars can’t easily use them to remove their stash.
10) Do check your general awareness by looking at this short quiz from the West Midlands Police.
Taking place at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk on Sunday 17th November, the Charity Motor Show – raising money for local charities, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C and East Anglia Children’s Hospices, as well as national charity The British Heart Foundation – was a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages.
For the second year running, the event – sponsored by Adrian Flux – attracted a bumper haul of over 100 willing drivers and equally willing, and impressive, cars. The variety of cars ranged from rally-spec Ford Fiestas and Renault Clios, right up to Ferraris and Aston Martins via enormous DAF and Scania trucks. With prices ranging from £15 – £70, for 3 laps around the Snetterton Circuit with an accomplished driver, there really was something for all budgets and tastes.
In the lead-up to the event, in conjunction with the guys at STR Charity Sporting Events, Adrian Flux ran a competition for one of our Facebook followers to win a voucher, entitling them to a ‘Top Class Car Passenger Ride’. The lucky winner of the competition was Claire, and she was kind enough to share a few pictures of her day with us.
Using her competition prize, and adding a bit more to the charity pot, Claire had arranged for her eldest son to be a passenger in the awesome Lotus Elise convertible (above) and for her husband to get a spin in the phenomenal Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale (below left).
Not wanting to be outdone, Claire’s youngest hopped into one of the biggest and most unique vehicles at the track, this fantastic US truck (below).
The day was clearly a hit with Claire’s family, thanking both Adrian Flux and STR Charity Sporting Events for a ‘fab day’.
The total raised for the charities is currently being calculated and will shortly be announced over on www.charityse.co.uk but, regardless of the huge sum raised for such worthy causes, all of the attendees – ourselves included – had a fantastic day and many – ourselves included – are sure to be back next year. Thanks, STR Charity Sporting Events!
Home may be where the heart is, but at Christmas it’s often nice to escape. This Christmas, be like the Three Wise Men and travel for your best festive season ever. Adrian Flux Insurance Services – which offers tailor-made travel insurance for every jet-setter – finds 10 great places to spend Christmas.
Boston: Full of old-world charm and New England cosiness, Boston celebrates Christmas with extra enthusiasm, remembering the dark days when the Puritans outlawed seasonal festivities for 22 years.
It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Christmas became fashionable in Boston following the ban, but today it’s a hive of festive activity with plenty of Christmas markets in the snow-dusted squares. Back Bay streets are bright with holiday lights, the famous Feneuil Hall tree sparkles and there’s world-class dining and shopping to enjoy.
Edinburgh: Close to home but offering you Christmas with a Highland twist, Edinburgh was recently voted the best place in the UK to enjoy the festive season. From the stunning Big Wheel to the traditional German market, the city’s streets come alive with an incredible atmosphere. Enjoy ice-skating, join hundreds of jogging Santas as they sprint round Princes Street Gardens or simply settle down in front of a log fire with an eggnog and soak up the spirit of Christmas.
Vienna: Filled with twinkling lights and boasting three outdoor Christkindlmarkts, which open long into the evening, Vienna is filled with old-fashioned warmth. Enjoy a glass of gluhwein – spiced mulled wine – while listening to the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, who give free performances throughout December on Sundays. With spectacular restaurants and shopping, Vienna’s quaint cobbled streets, glittered with frost, are the perfect place to wander hand-in-hand with your beloved on Christmas Eve.
Malmo, Sweden: The Swedes are very serious about Christmas and celebrate in style. In Malmo, St Lucia’s Day on December 13 – the festival which banishes darkness – sees locals vote for their own St Lucia who is then paraded through the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Filled with sparkling lights and Christmas markets, make sure you leave herring – rather than a mince pie – out for Santa on December 24.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Add a dash of fiesta to your festivities by visiting one of the rising stars of the Caribbean and a city which embraces Christmas in style. This Spanish gem is packed with culture and comes to life every December. Visit the giant Christmas tree in the main square, El Jardin, spot the colourful piñatas hanging in windows and marvel at the huge life-size nativity scene which is put in place every year in the centre of the city. There are fireworks, live music, dancing and re-enactments of Bible stories to see, although make sure you’ve booked Christmas dinner: many establishments close on December 25.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand: More of us than ever before are cheerfully swapping snow and hot toddies for sun, sea and cocktails at Christmas with a break that guarantees good weather. In New Zealand, you can enjoy a barbecue on the beach for Christmas dinner, and summer in December. There’s holiday spirit in abundance, but none of the chilly temperatures.
Munich: Atmospheric Christmas markets, outdoor carol singing, shopping streets decked with decorations, an open-air ice rink and all with the romantic backdrop of the snow-capped Alps – Munich is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season. Like a scene from an Advent calendar come to life, Munich is a picture-perfect place to enjoy a traditional Christmas.
Tromso, Norway: The shorter, darker days make Christmas in Norway feel very cosy, and Tromso has been voted one of the best places in the world to spend Christmas. The capital of the Arctic, the polar nights from November 21 to January 21 mean you’ve got a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights, and the opportunity to try exciting new sports such as dog-sledding, reindeer sledging and alpine skiing.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: If you love Christmas, you’ll feel at home in San Juan where they begin celebrating in November and keep going until mid January. Forget the 12 days of Christmas, in Puerto Rico it’s more like the two months of Christmas. Attend a dawn mass, celebrate Nochebuena on Christmas Eve and then enjoy a reenactment of the nativity scene at midnight. If you manage to hold out until New Year, make sure you eat 12 grapes for luck before you take part in a free-for-all party hosted by…the government.
Reykjavik: Celebrate Christmas Viking-style in Iceland’s stylish capital city. Local folklore sees not one but 13 Santas bearing gifts at Christmas: the jolasveiner (literally ‘Yule Lads’) come into the city from December 12. Nearby is the Christmas Village at Hafnarfiodur, known as ‘the home of elves’ and on Christmas Eve expect to start your festivities in style when Reykjavik fills with the sound of bells ringing in December 25.
* Give yourself peace of mind during the season for peace on earth by making sure that before you leave home you’re covered for eventualities such as lost luggage, cancellations, medical expenses, personal accidents and the loss of your passport. Adrian Flux can offer a host of benefits for a surprisingly low price and offer you the peace of mind you need. Call specialist broker Adrian Flux on 0800 369 8590 or visit adrianflux.co.uk for the right cover, at the right price.
To celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary of the original Meyers Manx dune buggy, owners clubs across the UK are hoping to set a record for the most beach buggies gathered together in one place – disappointingly, not on a beach, but hey, you can’t have everything.
The record bid is being co-ordinated by beachbuggy.info in conjunction with owners clubs, and hopes to attract as many buggies as possible to the National Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire next May.
And as confirmed lovers of not only beach buggies, but kit cars in general, we’re right behind them.
It was back in 1964 that Bruce Meyer’s little project – to build a buggy based on a VW Beetle – was realised in his garage near Newport Beach, California.
An engineer, artist, boat builder and surfer, Meyer used a shortened Beetle floor pan to create the buggy that dominated dune racing before a street version was produced.
Meyer failed in his bid to patent the buggy, and a huge number of copies were made by other companies before the original maker ceased trading in 1971 – after Meyer had already left.
In 2000, Meyer produced a new run of 100 limited edition Classic Manx buggies, before introducing a range of new models still produced in California today.
Now, led by beachbuggy.info, owners are being called to action as a fitting way to celebrate the buggy’s 50th birthday.
The National Kit Car Show takes place at Stoneleigh on the bank holiday weekend from May 3 to 5 next spring, with the buggy line-up planned for 2pm on Sunday, May 4.
Here at Flux, we’ve been providing specialist insurance for buggies and kit cars for 40 years, with a range of features tailored to meet the needs of these niche motors, including:
Goods in transit cover
Limited mileage discounts
Track day/rally cover
Owner’s club discounts
So if you have a buggy, no matter how old or new, pristine or well-used, why not join the fun?
Who can blame you for wanting to escape the British winter in search of some much-needed sun? So you’ve set your heart on beating the frost, wind, rain and dark evenings – but where should you go? Travel insurance specialists Adrian Flux have scoured the planet to find the 10 best destinations for gloom-dodging Brits.
The perfect destination for a winter family holiday – your kids speak the language, the food is familiar and there’s not only miles of beaches but theme parks too.
Even in January, the average daytime temperature is about 21C, and you can either enjoy the beaches all along the warm coast, brave the Orlando roller-coasters or hire a car and visit the many other
attractions such as the Seaquarium, the Science Museum, or Planetarium.
Either stay in the Miami area, take in the beach resorts of the Gulf of Mexico or head down to the Florida Keys. And don’t forget to take a trip to the Everglades National Park.
It may be 24 hours on a plane, but it’s well worth it if you’ve got at least two weeks to explore this truly amazing country, a mixture of modern cities, golden beaches and extraordinary natural scenery.
Despite their Pom-bashing reputation, the natives are very friendly and there is so much to do and see you could spend a year Down Under and not get bored.
Because our winter is their summer, you’re guaranteed hot weather – so hot in places you’ll need your factor 50 – and you’ll need to make it a multi-destination trip to make the best of your stay.
Sydney is a beautiful cosmopolitan city, and from there you can explore the east coast up to the tropical rainforests of Queensland and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
No holiday is complete without visiting Uluru (Ayers Rock) and experiencing a night under the stars in the outback learning some genuine bushcraft.
Just mind out for the bugs – Australia is home to some of the deadliest in the world.
3. Canary Islands
Tenerife is the largest of the islands, and has a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget, while the volcanic Lanzarote is famed for its black sandy beaches.
The best beaches can be found on Gran Canaria, while Fuerteventura and La Palma are popular all year round.Winter temperatures are usually in the mid-20sC and is rarely rains.
Families should avoid some of the bigger resorts like Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria, famed for their nightlife.
Where to start with the Caribbean? Whether you want to laze on beaches with talcum-powder white sands, or rent a Jeep and explore the exotic wildlife, waterfalls and jungles, there are plenty of destinations to choose from.
Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Dominica and the Bahamas will vie for your attention with Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique and tiny Anguilla, which boasts some of the best beaches in the region.
The islands offer sun, warm waters, good quality hotels, the option of a cruise to take in more of the islands in one visit, and the chance to see wildlife like hummingbirds and parrots, with Cuba having the most diverse wildlife anywhere in the Caribbean.
An ever-popular winter destination for sun-seeking Brits, Thailand offers palm-lined beaches, warm sunny weather, and colourful cuisine.
Head for resorts including the island of Phuket, the popular Pattaya or the smaller Ko Lanta, Krabi or Khao Lak.
Go snorkelling on the west coast among the Phi Phi islands, or head north around the Chiang Rai area for elephant-trekking or hill-walking – though the weather is slightly crisper the further north you go.
You can choose from luxury accommodation or stay in one of the increasing number of reasonably priced hotels appealing to those with more modest means.
The best months to go weather-wise are February and March.
There’s no better time to visit the wonders of Egypt’s ancient world than in the winter months, when you can bask in temperatures in the mid 20sC and away from the searing summer sun.
Those in search of culture can visit the temples, pyramids and tombs, while sun-seekers can spend a few days on the beach at Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh.
Luxor is probably the best base for exploring the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the temple at Karnak, and is also perfectly situated to take a relaxing cruise down the Nile.
7. South Africa
Fantastic scenery, warm weather, huge game parks and a number of great beaches – added to some of the best food and wine in the southern hemisphere – make South Africa a great choice despite the relatively long 12-hour flight.
Take in the breath-taking views of the Cape from Table Mountain, head to Robben Island to learn about the brutal history of Apartheid and stay in a cabin in the superb Kruger Park.
In the east Durban offers great beaches by the Indian Ocean, while the Drakensburg Mountains provide first-class hiking and the wetlands of St Lucia are the place to be for bird-watchers.
Not cheap, but if you want the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of David Beckham and soak up the sun in one of the world’s most upmarket resorts, then Dubai is the place for you.
Top class restaurants, myriad shopping malls and golden beaches jostle with all-inclusive resort hotels in this wealthy city-state.
State-of-the-art accommodation on Jumeirah beach includes the Burj al Arab – the world’s only seven-star hotel boasting gold-plated fittings, a circular ballroom and dining under the sea and stars, plus use of the amazing Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Temperatures are in the mid to high 20sC, but there’s always the man-made slopes of the Ski Dubai snow park if you want to cool off.
A safari is the ultimate in winter holiday adventures, and there’s nowhere better than sleeping under canvas while lions roam free in Tanzania.
A majestic landscape of contrasts, from the snow-capped Kilimanjaro to the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania remains one of the world’s most unspoiled treasures.
You’ll need to be up early – about 6am – to catch the best of the animals on the Serengeti, but it’s well worth setting the alarm clock to see the vast herds of wildebeest, plus lions and elephants among others in their natural habitat.
Also explore the famed Ngorongoro Crater and watch tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara.
Temperatures average the mid 20sC in the Serengeti, while it’s warmer at the coast.
10. Rio de Janeiro
Warm up for the 2014 World Cup by taking in the sights and sounds of the city of samba.
The party city of Rio, nestled between the mountains and the sea, reverberates to the Latin rhythms of music and dance, and February’s Mardi Gras carnival is the best time to go to see the city at its bouncing best.
Take a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and top up your tan (or play volleyball) on the world-famous Copacabana beach.
Temperatures can range from 22C to 30C in winter.