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Every Cloud - Favourable Exchange Rates

If you have been keeping up with the news lately, then you will have most certainly heard about the so-called 'Fall of China'. A slump in Chinese shares in recent days has prompted stock markets across the worlds to plummet, amidst fears that the country's economy is growing more slowly and may even grind to a halt. This means that raw material costs, including the price of oil, are falling in the short term, but it could mean we're out of pocket in the future. There is an upside however...

The current economic situation in China has created an opportunity for more cost-effective trips to countries affected by the slump in shares. The most obvious of which being China itself.

Right now would be an excellent chance to see China and other parts of Asia all at once, as the fall impacts surrounding countries too. Whether you go for some sightseeing, or some experience the stronger exchange rate that you will get could get you a desirable upgrade, a few more glamorous meals, or even more time on holiday! If you want to make sure you tick off the country's highlights in one, fabulous trip, then look no further than the Three Gorges Discovery Tour.

Yangtze River

Experience the sights and sounds of China by car, boat and plane as you embark on a magical journey uncovering the beauty of its landscape and the wonder of its cities. Beginning in Beijing, you'll take in the history and culture of the bustling capital city before taking the scenic route all the way to your final destination in vibrant Shanghai where tradition and modernisation meet. Along the way, walk the Great Wall, come face-to-face with the intricate and imposing Terracotta Warriors and be blown away by the breathtaking views on a Yangtze River cruise. 

Alternatively, Japan would also make for a cheaper holiday currently after seeing a decline against the pound. Why not compound your savings by choosing the Japan 'Price Cruncher' Tour and head to this beautiful country during it's spectacular Cherry Blossom season.

japan pagoda

Another comprehensive tour, you'll have the freedom to see all of Japan that you desire in your own time and at your own pace. With your travel expenses and accommodation taken care of, Tokyo will be your oyster, as you discover the remarkable range of delights in one of the world's most eye-catching cities. Travel by train to the capital city of Kyoto (via Hakone) and discover the deep and meaningful traditions of Japan with a host of inspirational temples, monuments and gardens to visit. If you want to combine authenticity with excitement, this is the tour for you.

Finally, a destination you may have overlooked as a cost-effective option, Australia is also currently good to visit. To experience the best views at the best price, there's nothing better for us to recommend than the South East Coastal Highlights with Great Ocean Road where you'll be left gobsmacked by some of the perfect coastal views that you pass along the way.

12 apostles

Combine two fantastic Australian road trips for one unforgettable two week walkabout around Australia's South East coasts. Your two week road adventure starts in Sydney before journeying to Melbourne for 5 nights taking in Bateman's Bay, Merimbula, Lakes Entrance, and the Mornington Peninsula as you go. On arrival in Melbourne you'll have 2 nights to take in the relaxed beach vibe of St Kilda, staying 2 nights at the 4 star hotel Urban St Kilda with free breakfast. Finally, it's time to take in one of the most scenic drives in the world along the Great Ocean Road passing stunning beaches, striking rock formations and scenic national parks bursting with amazing wildlife.

kariega safari

The South African Rand has also seen a decline, with around 20 rand to the pound (down from 80 in the not too distant past). So, that means now is the time for a cheap safari and why not take the scenic garden route on your way down? Enjoy 12 harmonious days taking in the delights of stunning sandy beaches, sheltered lagoons and of course fascinating wildlife. You'll get all this and more on the Garden Route and Safari Self-Drive Tour. Whilst the Garden Route serves up some varied natural treats for you to set your eyes on, the real star of this tour is the exciting safari at Kariega and the chance to encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). 

So, the economic news isn't always bad after all and maybe every cloud does have a silver lining!
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