Long-Haul travel gurus Southall Travel have found a rise in bookings for holiday destinations further afield this year, with a three per cent increase in long-haul travel compared to before the election. The study also showed that a number of people have delayed booking their summer get away this year, but don’t fret! If you are still trying to decide on your perfect escape, Moneyguru.com is here with some inspiration for a perfect long haul trip that won’t break the bank.
Bali is just one of Indonesia’s breathtaking islands and is a great place to start exploring South-East Asia. Whether you are looking for culture, adventure or simply the chance to lie back and relax, Bali offers a whole host of options to explore. Visit ancient temples, swim in crystal clear waters or challenge yourself to a volcano hike. The possibilities are endless.
There has been a boom in UK visitors to Japan in the last two years according to Japan's tourist board and, while it is usually thought of as a pricey destination, it is possible to visit on a budget. Many museums and galleries are free entry, including the Louis Vuitton Espace and the city has a choice of incredible parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy. If you are willing to work for a night’s stay, some hotels offer free accommodation for guests are happy to pitch in for a few hours per day!
Cape Town, South Africa
As well being a jaw-droppingly beautiful, Cape Town is incredibly cheap, particularly in terms of food and drink. For under 50 Rand (about £3!) you can take in the sights from a hop on hop off the train, go hippo spotting or hurtle down South Africa’s only toboggan track!
Cancun is famous for luxury, all-inclusive travel but you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy this gorgeous destination. For under £6 you can visit Mayan El Rey Ruins (the site is also well known for the iguanas that call the area home), pack your flippers and go snorkelling or simply grab a book and enjoy sunbathing on any one of the beautiful beaches on offer.
While Miami isn’t one of the cheapest cities in the US, it’s not all glitzy parties and luxury celeb pads – you can still soak up the atmosphere on a budget. You can’t visit Florida and not hit the beach, the coastline is full of free access beaches like Haulover Park, Surfside, South Beach, Lummus Park Beach and South Pointe Park all of which are perfect for people watching while you soak up the rays. If you are travelling with kids they will be left in awe at the free Weintraub Observatory Star Show in Miami Science Museum, which is held every first Friday of the month.
While some may be lucky enough to have that extra cash tucked beneath their meditation mats, many will need to take out a loan to enjoy a holiday. If you choose to do this your payments will be fixed, meaning you’ll know exactly when and how much you will have to pay. Easy! In general, you can usually borrow more than with a credit card and you won’t have to worry about any other fees, as long as you make the agreed payments.
While a loan can give you that extra boost of cash, care is needed when looking at which loan is a good fit. Not sure if a loan is right for you? Head over to The G’s comparison pages to compare personal loans