Bag a bargain as the pound soarsEuro turmoil leaving wide choice for holidaymakers
The soaring value of the pound over the last 12 months has provided a major boost for British holidaymakers. People travelling to Europe in particular have benefited from more affordable holidays as sterling has risen against other currencies. According to research by the Post Office, holidaymakers get nearly 15 percent more for their money than a year ago and this has created a boom in travel.
Eastern European cities including Budapest and Prague are among the best value city break destinations and we have also seen sales soar to European beach destinations such as Mallorca and Turkey’s Dalmatian Coast.
Budapest is now our best value destination in Europe
Increased flights to the Greek islands this year has also contributed to tourists getting better value for money as increased competition has led to better availability. Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Rhodes are just some of the destinations that have seen an increased direct air service. British Airways also announced a new twice weekly service to Bodrum to meet the demand for luxury holidays to Turkey which has been fuelled by the favourable exchange rate with the Turkish Lira.
It’s not just European destinations that are offering tremendous value for money. The exchange rate with the Australian Dollar is around 7% more favourable to UK travellers than it was 12 months ago, giving travellers more dollars in their pocket to spend on those all important Australian tours and excursions.
Wherever you decide to go this year, we have free nights and enormous savings on holidays worldwide so call a Travel Manager for the latest advice.
What’s Up? What’s Down?Holiday scams up. India visa row blows over
Holiday fraud soars at this time of year
Scams see a spike during the summer months with most relating to plane tickets being sold online, fake adverts for villas and accommodation and bogus websites. During the World Cup in Brazil many people paid for fake tickets and accommodation according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.
India shelves onerous visa policy
India has backed down on previously advertised changes to tourist visa rules. Vociferous feedback from tour operators means they have dropped plans to introduce biometric testing or requiring every applicant to attend a centre in person. Applications will be accepted by post. More information from visa handling company vfsglobal.co.uk
Kenya tourism hit by terror fears
Latest advice from the Foreign Office this week extends the No Go zone in Kenya to include Mombasa and the nearby area due to the danger of kidnappings from Somali insurgents.
My best holiday everHis horse Monbeg Dude finished third in the recent Grand National, winning Mike Tindall £105,000. Not bad for a horse that cost him just £12000 at a boozy lunch auction! Here’s where he may be spending the money:
Best holiday ever
One of the best holidays was on the Greek island of Sifnos. It’s beautiful and you are pretty much guaranteed hot weather. It’s a secluded island popular with locals and really nice restaurants serving fresh fish from the sea.
Most relaxing destination
The Karma Kandara resort in Bali. The whole setup is designed to inspire relaxation. And I did very little during my stay. To relax on holiday I need a really good beach with a bar where they can mix a good cocktail.
The Four Seasons Westcliff in Johannesburg. The staff really look after you and the rooms are great.
Sydney, because we have had a lot of wins there and Hong Kong which has good nightlife. I also like Auckland and Barcelona which has a nice vibe.
Best piece of travel advice
I’m always late to the airport and get rushed through security so maybe you should always be late for a quick passage through the airport.
Mike Tindall MBE is an ambassador for Midlands Air Ambulance. To read
the full interview visit www.telegraph.co.uk
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- Check-in online. This feature allows you to check-in online with your airline directly from the app.
Quirkiest hotel of the monthImmerse yourself in nature at this treetop hotel in Sweden
With rooms varying from a bird’s nest to a UFO, the Treehotel really appeals to the inner child in you and with a host of activities to keep you on your toes, Lule River Valley will feel like your personal playground for horse riding, hiking and biking at your leisure. On the flipside, the treetop setting proves perfect for stargazing if you’re feeling a bit lazier...
The treetop rooms are surprisingly roomy and are well equipped with well-placed port hole windows which discretely provide excellent views of the beauty surrounding you, such is the disguise and the placement of the rooms.
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