Should Brits remain loyal to the tourist hot-spots of Europe or embrace a long-haul love affair?
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The rising cost of travel in Europe has seen a shift in people considering further-afield destinations for their holidays. Backpacker favourites such as Thailand, Australia and India continue to grow in popularity. However, despite the attraction of far-flung destinations made famous by Instagram influencers, should package holidays to Spain, Italy and France remain an option? While both options have their advantages, a recent study by TravelSupermarket found that it may be cheaper to take a two-week holiday to Thailand rather than to Palma Mallorca despite the 9577km distance between the two destinations. Hence, it would seem unwise to many people not to opt for the cheaper and more exotic holiday.
Image credit: Tim Gouw on UnsplashHowever, the changing patterns in the way that we travel have unintentional consequences. As far-flung travel becomes the new norm, could the beaches of Southeast Asia begin to resemble the Costa del Sol? And how do you choose between short-distance and long-distance travel? Long-distance travel The appeal of unknown or hard-to-pronounce destinations nestled in a faraway country with palm-fringed beaches is undeniable. Despite initially appearing cheaper, long-haul travel can turn out to be more expensive than short-haul travel when you consider that it may be necessary to purchase a more expensive travel insurance policy, visas or costly vaccinations.
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Image credit: Tom Grimbert on UnsplashIn Europe, there are many different types of holidays right on our backdoor step: school leaver party package trips, adventure excursions in the Alps or laid-back weekend city breaks. It may be cheap to reach your destination, but a trip to Europe can hit the wallet harder than anticipated. As home to some of the world's greatest cities and sights, Europe is naturally more expensive to visit. The average cost for two nights accommodation in Paris is £171, significantly more expensive than in Bangkok where it will only set you back around £50. This excludes additional food and sightseeing costs. The affordability and accessibility of package short-haul city breaks have had devastating consequences at some European destinations such as Venice, Barcelona and Amsterdam, which have suffered environmental damage due to over-tourism. Long-distance and short-distance travel offer different experiences. While Europe is convenient for quick culture injections, far-away destinations allow for true escapism. However, whether the shift in interest to long-haul holidays is a temporary trend or reflective of how interconnected our world is today, it is important to consider the greater impact of our travel habits.
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