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June 1, 2018
If you think your budget only stretches to short haul, think again! You can travel further for a lot less this summer, if you’re willing to be a little more adventurous. We’ve found that some long-haul destinations are offering terrific value – you just need to know where to look!
For example, switch Ibiza for Dubai and you could slash the cost of your holiday by more than 50%!
Why? It’s all about the off-season. Destinations such as Dubai offer incredible package prices over summer because of the weather. Yes, it may be super hot, but the five-stars (plus swimming pool) for the normal price of three-stars more than compensate! Barbados and Thailand also offer incredible savings. Yes, you could get some rain but you’ll also get lots of lovely sunshine.
So we’d really recommend comparing and contrasting long-haul and short-haul destinations for the same (or similar) dates. You’ll be surprised how far your budget will get you.
Yes, it is super hot in Dubai in July and August (up to 40 degrees). But if you’re happy to laze by a five-star chilled swimming pool and spend time in the air-conditioned super malls on a shopping spree, the emirate is more than doable. On a budget? Save money (over the on-the-day price) and book online in advance to go up the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. To avoid the brunt of the heat, go in the morning for the tower’s staggering views.
While it’s doable for couples who like the above (not to mention the emirate’s glamorous night life and swanky dining scene), we’d say it’s probably going to be too hot for families who want a more traditional beach holiday.
It might still be the wet season in Phuket, but once any morning rain has cleared (it tends to rain early), it’s easy to hit the beach. And at these prices, it is definitely worth considering. It will also be quieter in Thailand compared with the November-to-March high season. One thing you won’t have to worry about is getting plenty of warm weather: temperatures average 28C, with highs in the 30s.
Besides those glorious beaches – of which there are many – Phuket province is packed with resplendent temples and Buddhist monuments – Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha are among the most important. For more natural beauty, visit the towering limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay on a boat trip.
Weather wise, August is one of the best months to go to the Seychelles. It’s the peak of the “dry season” so there is lots of sun and hardly any rain; a great time to enjoy the islands’ beaches and the super-clear sea water. A definite crowd pleaser, this idyllic Indian Ocean escape is ideal for couples seeking romantic respite or families looking for fun – pristine nature reserves and coral reefs make for some of the best snorkelling in the world! Expect average temperatures of 28C.
Also, it is worth considering Barbados as, although it is officially the "wet season", trade winds tend to drive any rain away quickly. Similar to the Seychelles, Barbados is famed for its perfect beaches and clear waters.
Clearly, these holidays are completely different experiences. One involves long days on the beach, while the other is the Brits’ most popular long-haul city destination, according to TravelSupermarket search data.
Of course, nothing really compares to a holiday in New York. One of the world’s greatest cities, the Big Apple is definitely something worth considering at these prices… even if it means forgoing the pool this year!
And while you might think of New York as expensive, some of the city’s best bits are completely free: Take time to stroll through Central Park, walk along the High Line and take the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty. We also recommend watching the sun set from the top of the Rockefeller Centre (at $36, it’s pricey, but this unforgettable experience is well worth splashing out for).
* Saving based on total for two people in Dubai subtracted from total in Ibiza.
** Saving based on total for family of four in Thailand subtracted from total in Santorini.
*** Saving based on total for family of four in Barbados subtracted from total in Mykonos
**** Saving based on total for family of four in New York subtracted from total in Mykonos
All prices were sourced via TravelSupermarket.com on June 1, 2018. Prices are subject to change and availability.