This is a post from James Wright
Although some holiday and tour companies try to insist that all the world’s exotic destinations are in far-flung locations, and that your only chance to see them is to spend steep prices on their long-haul routes, the truth is that there are many attractive, exotic places far closer to home. Indeed, quite often these smaller, exotic places just do not have the same marketing budgets as some of the world’s established, prestigious spots, and thus go unnoticed. This article will examine some of the myths surrounding short- and long-haul travel, and the relative merits of each.
Short-haul routes are diversifying – and getting exciting
The expansion of short-haul routes should not be seen as the diversification of an inferior product, but rather that recent advances in low-cost air travel mean that it’s now cost-effective for passengers and airlines to travel to more remote, interesting locations that are nonetheless within the short-haul sphere of access. In other words, the days when you go looking for short-haul options and get only Greece holidays are over, and there are some really interesting destinations like Montenegro, Estonia and Croatia in the running.
The tourist industry is still booming – creating new options closer to home
What’s more, the tourist industry is booming due to higher levels of disposable income in the developed world and it has meant that more entrepreneurs living in potential tourist resorts have taken to investing in their surroundings. This has created exciting tourist opportunities in places that may only be a few hours away from the UK. This, combined with the fact that short-haul routes are operated in part by budget carriers that prioritise low fares and value for money, means that short-haul air travel can equate to greater holiday savings for you and your family. Shorter transit time and no jet lag are related bonuses, too!
So why still consider long-haul travel?
However, this is not to say that long-haul travel no longer has a firm place in the global traveller’s heart. Certain long-haul destinations, like the Seychelles and the Caribbean, obviously boast climactic advantages that just cannot be found in Europe, or these destinations offer some kind of cultural heritage that is exciting in its sheer difference and variety from what you know at home, and are therefore more than worth the trip and investment.
Long-haul travel does tend to prioritise comfort and consumer protection
Equally, if you are someone for whom an eight-hour long-haul flight is not that much more inconvenient than a four-hour short-haul route, then the long-haul airline options certainly offer more comfort and quality over their short-haul, usually budget rivals. Yes, you may pay more for your ticket, but you are also afforded a few pleasing perks for the extra money. These include greater protection from delays or disruption, fewer charges on your baggage, and far less administrative red tape that is designed to make money at each step of the way. In sum, Singapore Airlines will be a more comfortable experience than Ryanair!
Follow your heart, listen to your wallet
The most important thing when deciding where to travel is to follow your heart. We all have a mental list of a few romantic, exotic and exciting places to where we would all like to travel one day. So when deciding between short haul and long haul routes, the answer seems to be: follow your heart, but listen to your wallet if you think you’ve found a suitable alternative that is far closer to home. It may not be quite as perfect, but then again it may just offer something equally fun and worthwhile.
Bio: James Wright is an experienced travel writer interested in package holidays to affordable destinations. He particularly enjoys visiting places with lovely beaches and great watersports.