Great value holiday hotspots
With the economic situation being as it is, holidaymakers are increasingly looking to get better value for their money particularly by travelling to countries where their pounds can go further. Some are considering travel outside the ‘Eurozone’ while others seek the benefits from differing economies.
The Flexicover Team looks at some destinations where you could get more ‘bang for your buck'.
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Unawatuna is one of the safest beaches in Sri Lanka, protected as it is by a coral reef. It’s also one of the quietest resorts on the western coast and an excellent location to enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming (all necessary equipment can be rented too). For nature lovers, there are turtle hatcheries nearby which can be visited throughout the year and, if that isn't enough, the southern tip of the island is surprisingly close to the deep waters of the continental shelf, a great place to see dolphins and whales including blue whales. Nowhere else on Earth do these whales come in so close to land or are so reliably seen!
Kololi, the Gambia
With a 6 hour flight from the UK, the Gambia is located at similar latitudes to Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. As such, it enjoys the same climate, uninterrupted sunshine and high temperatures with almost no rainfall from November to June. It’s also conveniently in the same time zone as the UK, so no jetlag! Kololi is one of the most established resort areas but still remains fairly low-key and while lazing by the pool or on the beach will probably be number one on your ‘to do’ list, there is plenty to do. Take a river trip up the magnificent Gambia River and see some of fantastic wildlife including hippos, monkeys, chimps and maybe even crocodiles. Those that enjoy a bit of nightlife should try ‘The Strip’ which is lined with restaurants and bars!
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An is steeped in history; it once sat on the strategic spice trade route with Indonesia (7th - 10th century) and was one of Southeast Asia’s major shipping ports (17th - 19th century). The city is relatively small, so can easily be explored on foot and cars are not allowed in the main streets making it one of the quietest in Vietnam. Less than an hour away to the east are the fascinating ruins of M? Son and due to its location on the South China Sea you are a stone’s throw from beautiful beaches offering activities like windsurfing, snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. Cham Island Diving Center also offers daily boat and speedboat tours to nearby Cham Island for these activities, which you can book at the Dive Bar and Restaurant in Hoi An old city.
The main attractions for visitors are the soft, white sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water, which offer watersports aplenty and, of course, the nightlife. Whether you want to dance the night away in a nightclub or spend a relaxing evening with friends in one of the many bars, you won’t be disappointed. However, if a slower pace is preferred head to Isla Mujeres (“Island of Women”), site of the first Spanish landing in Mexico in 1517. Though close to Cancun, the island has a laid-back atmosphere and has long been a favourite with backpackers but still offers many activities to fill your days. You can scuba dive, snorkel and fish, swim with the dolphins or sharks and even check out the sea turtles at the local tortugranja, or turtle farm. Of course, no visit to Cancun would be complete without visiting at least one of the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, such as Tulum or Chichen Itza.
Costa del Sol, Spain
The news may be filled with stories about the country’s financial woes but travellers are finding that the situation is beneficial to their holiday budget. The costs connected with hotels, attractions and shopping are falling, making Spain an affordable holiday option; according to a recent survey the cost of eating out is down 50% compared to five years ago. Although Brits now travel to a much wider range of destinations, this part of Andalucía is still popular for its sandy beaches, bustling resorts and beautiful Mediterranean climate. But it's not all about the beaches (or not necessarily). The shaded pine forests of the Montes de Malaga National Park include magnificent waterfalls and tranquil streams making it ideal for walkers and nature-lovers. Then there's the historic elements, including the Alcazaba, an imposing edifice in the centre of Málaga’s historical district that was built during the Hammudid Dynasty in the 11th century.
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