My budget seems to be squeezed ever-tighter from one month to the next, but I’m still not willing to sacrifice my annual holiday – and I don’t think I’m alone. After all, these give us a chance to get away from it all and truly relax far away from the pressures of home. To beat the holiday-based budget woes, all inclusive breaks are great – but where should you go?
The Costa del Sol
I adore the Costa del Sol. This part of the Spanish coastline is home to glittering beaches, historical cities and fun family-friendly attractions. The icing on the cake is that it’s a really affordable all inclusive destination.
What’s great about the Costa del Sol is that you can have quite different holidays depending on where exactly you decide to go. High on the list in terms of convenience, culture and beaches is the city of Malaga.
Malaga is convenient because you can fly directly into Malaga airport from the UK, while its rich culture stems from the fact that it’s one of Spain’s most historical cities. Come here and you can see everything from the remains of a Roman theatre to the impressive Alcazaba fortress. What’s more, it was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, so it’s a veritable haven for art lovers too.
Other great destinations in the Costa del Sol include Benalmadena, which has a little bit of everything, and Nerja – an ideal location if you’re seeking a little peace and quiet.
Cyprus is a beautiful little island, and one that’s as well suited to breaks spent lounging on the beach as it is to those hoping to discover the destination’s wonderful history. Top attractions include the stunning beaches (of course), Aphrodite’s Rock and the Tombs of the Kings.
Known locally as Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite’s Rock can be spotted just off the island’s south-west coast. It’s an interesting geological formation of towering rocks that would be worth a visit even if it weren’t for the legend that this is where Aphrodite rose from the waves.
The Tombs of the Kings, meanwhile, can be seen just outside the city of Paphos. This network of subterranean tombs are an absolute must-visit; in fact, the name ‘Kings’ actually stems from how impressive these tombs are to look at, rather than who is buried here.
Additional money-saving tips
Choosing the right destination for your break is essential if you want to get value for money, but of course this isn’t the only piece of the puzzle. You’ll also need to spend some time searching for decent all inclusive deals – and don’t forget to look at more than price alone.
You see, you’ll have to work out which package offers the deal that best caters for your individual needs, rather than simply going with the cheapest. Take a look at what’s actually included in the price and think about how much of it you’ll really use – and if anything important (and potentially costly) is missing.
Another good tip is that you can often save money by booking your flights and all inclusive hotel separately, rather than as a complete package. Doing so not only gives you the chance to pick out cheaper travel options, but also offers you more freedom with things like flight times.
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