Where should you be going to make your hard earned pounds go furthest? The cost of living is rising and we’re all tightening our belts. Don’t be put off by poor exchange rates in your search for a travel bargain - there are still fantastic value long-haul destinations waiting to be discovered. Here are our recommendations:
With spectacular scenery, world-class food and drink, luxury safari lodges and sleek boutique hotels, visitors have long been able to live like royalty in South Africa. Whilst not at the peak exchange rates of recent years, you’ll still get around ZAR 16 to the pound (March 2017) and that’s going to be very friendly on the wallet.
Explore the iconic sights of Cape Town, the wilderness of the Drakensberg Mountains and famous wildlife of Kruger National Park. Drive along the Garden Route - one of the world’s great self-drives, discover re-invented Jo’burg and learn about the Rainbow nation’s dark past. If you’re looking for adrenaline sports – you can even dive with Great White Sharks! Throw in the no-jetlag factor (there’s only a 1 hour difference to the UK) and you’ll soon see why this incredible country makes for a truly memorable holiday.
From the towering Sossusvlei sand dunes to the ship-wrecked Skeleton coast, German colonial architecture and the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park - we’re massive fans of this unique African gem. Namibia is currently even cheaper to visit than South Africa and offers amazing value to the adventurous traveller. Fly into Windhoek via Jo’burg or Cape Town. Vast barren spaces, beautiful desert landscapes and few tourists mean 4WD self-drives are the way to go – you’ll hardly see another soul. It’s remote, it’s wild and it’s a great introduction to Africa with so many things to see - you’ll soon be caught under Namibia’s spell.
Think of South East Asia and you’ll probably conjure up a picture postcard image of Thailand. A long-standing stop on the tourist trail, this diverse country sparkles with turquoise seas, mountainous limestone scenery, first-class accommodation and some of the friendliest people on the planet. It’s hard to find better value for money.
The bustling streets of Bangkok are an attack on the senses, yet they can be strangely addictive. Visit the ancient temples and bustling night markets before heading north to the ancient hill tribes and rolling beauty of Chiang Mai or south to the palm-fringed paradise of the southern islands. Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Pha Ngan, Phuket… take your pick of dreamy beaches, kaleidoscopic colours and affordable luxury resorts. Gorge on fragrant food, discover ethical elephant camps and wild national parks. The choice is yours and with so many flights from the UK, there’s never been a better time to grab a Thai bargain!
Malaysia has been great value for many a year, yet travellers often head to neighbouring Thailand instead. If you’re in search of a budget-friendly holiday with plenty of Asian charm then Malaysia could be for you, and your budget can easily stretch to 3 weeks here!
Grab a selfie in front of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Towers, tuck in to tasty street food in Penang, sip tea in the cool air of the Cameron Highlands, discover a sprinkling of colonial history in Malacca and lounge in luxury on the island of Langkawi. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Malaysian Borneo promises the highest peak in south east Asia, orangutans, remote tribes and steamy jungles.
It’s no shock that Indonesia is a firm Travel Nation favourite for a budget-friendly adventure. Home to ten thousand islands and hundreds of ethnic groups, you could return every year and still not see it all. Chill out on the famous beaches of Bali like Nusa Dua and Padang Padang, wander amongst the endless rice paddies or get close to cheeky long tail macaques in the sacred monkey forest. The coral-rimmed Gili Islands lure visitors with vibrant marine life you can swim with, including sea turtles and mantarays, as well as serene getaways and a place to party. Set foot on Lombok to discover active volcanoes, surf camps and unpolished tourism away from the crowds.
If that’s still not enough to feed your wanderlust, you can also discover the spiritual temples of Borobudur and might of Mount Bromo in Java. Hire a scooter, jump on local boat service or hire a local driver – there are many ways to get around. One things for sure, you’ll be tempted back to Indonesia again and again.
Whether you like the sound of these 5 amazing countries or fancy a different destination completely, we can help you choose the ideal destination and put together the perfect itinerary. Simply call us on 01273 769 754 or request a quote by email.