If you want to escape the cold during British winter, a long haul holiday is the perfect option. Most of Europe tends to be chilly from November to February, so the blue skies and sun-warmed beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean or Thailand are pretty tempting! To make the longer flight really feel worth it, long haul holidays are best enjoyed on a 2-week break; a 14-night package is usually only marginally more expensive than a 7-night one anyway.
How to Find a Cheap Long Haul Holiday
Know the shoulder seasons: Shoulder season is the period between the high prices of peak season and the bad weather of off-peak, when you can still get pretty good weather but avoid the high price tag. It’s the best of both worlds!
Look at in-resort costs: Choose a destination with a low cost of living - this means you can minimise accommodation costs by booking room only and eating out for cheap. It also reduces the general pressure of saving; once you’ve paid for flights and hotel your required spending money will be minimal.
Book an indirect flight: Direct flights are obviously the fastest and most convenient option, but also the most expensive. By booking an indirect flight, you can save a lot of money even if the wait between flights is only a few hours.
Popular Long Haul Holiday Destinations
Mexico: Mexico, is one of the world’s best-loved long haul package holiday destinations, largely because of all the amazing all inclusive resorts. The convenience of the resorts makes it ideal for anyone seeking a stress-free week on the beach, cocktail in hand!
Dubai: The towering metropolis of skyscrapers and shopping malls in Dubai make it the New York of the East, where visitors can enjoy fantastic water parks, world class shopping and the world’s only 7-star hotel! The surrounding desert is ideal for indulging your adventurous side with a camel safari or quad bike tour.
Cuba: In the last few years Cuba has become one of the world’s hottest holiday spots, with people flocking to see its old world charm before it’s modernised by USA influence. Whether you’re dreaming of the retro cars and charming streets of Havana or the heavenly beaches of Varadero, you can’t help but fall for Cuba!
Cheapest Long Haul Holiday Destinations
Thailand: Wherever you go in Thailand you can expect to live like a king (or queen!) on next to nothing. Barter at street markets in Bangkok, party in Phuket or spa in Ko Samui, and enjoy the feeling of splashing out while barely spending any money at all!
Bali: The beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia is imagined as an other-worldly beauty, one of those bucket list paradises you’ll never actually be able to get to, but it might not be as expensive as you think! Once you’ve paid for your flights, the cost of living in Bali is among the lowest in the world.
Cape Town: South Africa is incredibly cheap, particularly in terms of food and drink, so a Room Only or B&B stay is definitely recommended - all inclusive/full board is very hard to find unless you’re staying at a safari lodge. The locally produced meat and wine is excellent, so you can eat extremely well on the cheap!