The area is well known for its food and wine, but it is also a cultural hub
People planning to take a solo holiday quite close to home might like to explore the Provence region of France.
That is according to travel writer Frank Barrett, author of books such as Where Was Wonderland?, who suggested that fans of post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, as they will be able to track the places he painted some famous pieces.
"It's surprising that many of the views van Gogh painted have altered so little in the past century, especially given that in the summer of 1944, a large section of [Provence] was reduced to rubble during several heavy Allied bombing raids," he said.
However, the region also comes highly recommended for those who enjoy experiencing the beauty of nature on an adventure holidays. Mr Barrett notes that much of Provence "is less than a 30-minute drive from a sweet stretch of unspoilt Mediterranean coast".
Frank Barrett - a former winner of the Travel Writer of the Year award given by the Press Gazette - has been editor of the Mail on Sunday's travel section since 1994.