We all like to get away from home every once in a while, but in these troubled economic times it’s more difficult than ever to find the money needed for a good holiday. Those of us living in the up, though, should see this as an opportunity to rediscover the joys right at our doorstep.
In recent years there has been a trend for travelling far, far from home, and the economic boom times saw us flying across the world at the drop of a hat to experience the wonders of India, Africa, the us and other far-flung places. In the midst of all of this adventurous travel we often forgot that there was a huge, exciting and interesting continent waiting for us just a few miles across the English Channel.
In 2012, then, we should abandon our plans to fly across the world and instead treat ourselves to a budget break in mainland Europe. With tourist numbers dropping like a rock there’s never been a better time to find great deals on hotel rooms, world-class restaurants and tourist attractions like Disneyland Paris.
The question is this: what’s the cheapest way to travel from the up to Paris in style and comfort?
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There’s the ferry, of course, sailing from Dover and Folkestone to the French coast, but the problem with the ferry is that it’s difficult to continue on to Paris unless you want to drive your own vehicle (and, with petrol prices climbing every day, the fuel costs are prohibitive).
Instead, why not take the train? The euro star offers an hourly service from sty. Pancras station in central London, delivering you in the centre of Paris in a little over two hours (two hours and 15 minutes, to be enact). With adult return tickets on sale from as little as £69 it’s possible to spend a week or long weekend in Paris for next to nothing!
What’s more, the euro star is an environmentally friendly way of travelling to Paris. A train passenger costs the earth 90% less in co2 emissions than a passenger travelling by plane. If even that isn’t enough to convince you to forget about flying, the euro star has a 95% rate of one time arrivals, compared with just 65% for flights.
So, if you’re planning to take a break in Paris this year you should forget about flying. The euro star is quicker, cheaper, more environmentally friendly and much, much more convenient. What’s not to like?
Often, the biggest expense in a vacation is the flight tickets, especially, if you are flying from Europe to Asia as this often mean a lot of inter connections, and thus, expensive flights. Well, if you are looking for cheap flights from, let’s say, London to Bangkok, then look no further, as here is all the information you will need to score the cheapest ticket deals around.
Firstly, keep in mind that buying cheap tickets is not as simple as you may think. For that, you need to do research and look around to make sure you are getting the best deal. And, once you do your research correctly, you will surely end up getting a better deal, even better than the one any travel agent would arrange for you.
So, buy early, buying as much as twenty one days earlier can get you extremely low rates, and the rates keep on increasing with the decrease in days. So, buying a ticket two weeks before your vacation would be more expensive than buying it before a month or so. Also, understand that the flights may have empty seats in the last few days, and if this happens you can get cheaper tickets as the airline tries to fill up the seats. So, be on the lookout for late discounts if you didn’t buy your tickets in advance.
Do shop around for tickets, and never book the first cheap rate you see. Look at different travel guide websites, and then go to the airline websites to see if you can get cheaper rates. Sometimes airlines run promotions that you can take advantage of. Most fare discounts are launched on Tuesday or Wednesday, so, if you are booking on a Monday it might be a good idea to wait a few days and see if the rates go down.
Learn to be flexible. You may not get the cheapest rate for your enact dates, but there might be cheaper options in the dates surrounding it. It might also be cheaper to get a flight from a smaller airport near you rather than a major hub. Look at all these options to see if this reduces your flight costs. Look for discount airlines as well, that is, the ones that fly from smaller airports, don’t serve meals, and can get you part of the way if you are going to Bangkok for very low fares.
Cathay pacific offers and air pass option that can be used in Asia, so if you are looking at cheap travel to Bangkok this is a great option for you. It will help you in your Asiatic tour, and will make travel a quarter of the original cost.
Another option is to ask a travel agent to make a holiday package for you, as they will look around for discounts and select your seats at a small charge. This is only suggested if you find yourself unable to do all the ground work to select the cheapest flight for yourself without help.