There's nothing better than stretching out in the sun, soft sand beneath you and warm tropical waters waiting to entice you... Read more
But choosing the right destination is child's play with our top long-haul holiday picks.
Caribbean - With a wide range of islands to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. Bargain hunters should opt for Cuba, Dominican Republic or Jamaica which have dedicated charter services from the UK. They all offer great value for money.
Alternatively, pick ever popular classics, such as Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia. Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago all have flights direct from the UK, as do the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and Puerto Rico. And new services are now operating to St Kitts and Nevis.
Mexico - Cancun, Riviera Maya and Playacar are just some of the great resorts accessible on charter and scheduled flights from the UK. They all offer great value for money for long-haul holidays, and Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast is now accessible from the UK on non-stop flights too.
Thailand - The charms of the Far East are evident throughout Thailand's beach resorts. Phuket to Krabi, Pattaya to Hua Hin, Koh Samui to Khao Lok - they all offer a range of faraway holiday deals in picture perfect settings. New charter flights for 2014 to Phuket make the island easier to reach.
Indian Ocean - Some of the best value holidays can be found in Goa, the Indian resort area on the West Coast, or in Sri Lanka, further south. The Maldives offer an excellent long-haul destination for those seeking peace and quiet, although expect to pay more here than many other destinations due to their remoteness. Don't forget Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean resorts along the Kenyan coast.
The Middle East - Dubai is already well known for great value shopping and beach breaks, and it's a firm favourite, with direct flights from six UK airports and high quality hotels. Abu Dhabi and Oman are rapidly catching up as other great destinations for a long-haul holiday in the region.
Cape Verde - This is an up and coming long-haul destination, offering Caribbean style climate off the West African coast and great value beach breaks to its islands. Non-stop charter flights have made this destination more and more accessible.
South Africa - Fly to Cape Town for the beaches of the south west or into Durban for Indian Ocean breakers, and couple either area up with wineries, safaris and world-class entertainment, restaurants and hotels.
Florida - With mile after mile of beaches, the sunshine state is packed with places to go. Atlantic breakers pound the east coast resorts of Daytona, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the Florida Keys string out south of the state becoming ever more Caribbean the further south you go, and the warm waters of the ocean make beaches on the western coast a must-stop location. Think Clearwater, St Petersburg and Naples.