Long-Haul Holidays at Short-Haul Prices – Opening up the world to new Travellers

If you think long-haul holidays are only for those with a sky-high holiday budget, you will be pleased to hear that a week-long break in an exotic destination could cost you less than a budget package holiday to the Algarve.

How? Well, long distance holiday destinations such as Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Fiji Islands are now more accessible than ever before, and thanks to the transparency of flight prices on the World Wide Web, travel costs are kept low and competitive.

In addition to cheaper flight prices, many long-haul destinations have a low-cost of living and offer European travellers a very competitive exchange rate.  Hotels, drinks, car hire, and excursions work out much cheaper than the short-haul alternatives, and if you dine in the same restaurants as the locals, it is easy to get a 3-course meal for just a few pounds.

Hotels in the Indonesia, Malaysia and Guatemala can be up to 70% cheaper that those in popular European tourist destinations, and to give you some idea of the difference in costs for meals and drinks, here is a brief comparison between Spain and the Philippines:

  •                                                             Spain                     Philippines          Difference
  • Meal in local restaurant                       10.06€                   2.50€                     -75.13%
  • Domestic Beer                                    2.22€                     0.74€                     -66.74%
  • Soft Drink                                            1.70€                     0.45€                     -73.80%
  • Bottle of Water (33cl)                          1.20€                     0.30€                     -74.90%

The US remains a popular holiday destination for British travellers, and now that the Pound has broken the 1.50 USD barrier, trips to Las Vegas, Orlando, and Texas are now cheaper than they have been in many years.

As someone who enjoys flying long-haul (even in economy!), I have no problem with long flight times and see it as part of the journey rather than a means to an end, and with great airlines such as KLM, Virgin Atlantic, and Emirates flying us around the globe, the time literally flies!

So before you book your next short-haul trip to the Costa del Sol, get out your calculator… that dream holiday to Goa might not cost as much as you think!

Travel Essentials – Don’t forget your toothbrush!

When packing for a summer holiday it can be easy to get carried away, and if you are one of many who pack everything but the kitchen sink, you might be surprised to learn that 41% of travellers forget to pack at least one important holiday item in their suitcase.

A study, carried out by Viking River Cruises, found that almost 15 millions holiday essentials were left behind every year, and as a result, travellers were spending up to £118 million (yes  million!) to replace items such as mobile phone chargers, suntan lotion and flip-flops!

Stress and haste are to blame for our forgetfulness, as those questioned during the survey revealed that they were “too busy to pack mind fully in the run up to their break”.

Books, sunglasses, toothpaste and toothbrushes all made the top 10 list of those items we are most likely to forget, but many holidaymakers claimed that they never leave the ‘real’ essentials behind, and that food favourites including marmalade, pork pies and brown sauce always make it into the suitcase, along with a fancy dress costume for ‘good measure’!

A second survey by Post Office Travel Money shows that Spain is the cheapest destination to replace your forgotten travel essentials, but if you are heading to Cyprus, you could be in for a hefty bill.

For us, there are only three important travel essentials – Passport, credit card and toothbrush, but ultimately, as long as you have the first two, you can travel anywhere in the world!