The long way around

All the best destinations in the world have one common theme, which is generally a bit of a downside. It’s true, but unfortunately like most things in life, good things come at a cost! Florida, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the Indian Ocean, all of these places mean a long flight, long waits and jet-lag.


Looking on the positive side, as I like to do, we can combat this negative by making travel fun! Yes, it can be done, and it can be done with savings along the way, such as airport parking from Airparks. If you’re like me, you’ll dread getting up at the crack of dawn, meaning you start the day in a bad mood, worry about transport turning up on time, not to mention the high cost, which means no duty free! Pre-booking parking, such as Gatwick parking, means those shopping needs can be met, and a better destination to start with – remember the saying, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.


Unfortunately jet-lag is one of those things that we can’t completely avoid, however drink plenty of water (not alcohol), move around during your flight, eat at local meal times on arrival, sleep at the usual bedtime, and your body will soon realise what’s happening and adjust, leaving you able to enjoy your far-flung destination without the bleary eyed stance!


I recently flew to Las Vegas, and that was one brutal flight. I tend to go a little stir-crazy after the four hour mark, far too excited and ready to start my holiday after a long wait, and anyone sat next to me knows about it! Once I’ve landed however, the horror of long-haul flying disappears, and upon return I start dreaming about my next destination. I’m looking at Hawaii next.


The cost of long-haul flying these days is much less than it ever used to be, which is great news for those of us on a budget. Flight searches online often bring up great deals, especially if you’re willing to save up and book last-minute. Accommodation and transfers are the cheaper side of organising travel, so I’d be focusing on the flight first. Once that’s out of the way, look to save even more money, such as my earlier hint of parking. I find it’s often worth travelling down south for flights, as the price of travelling combined is still cheaper.


Those glittering dream destinations are in reach, so don’t focus purely on the negatives of getting there, as the experiences and sights far outweigh the negatives. Take the long way around this year, and see how amazing travel can be.