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Holiday costs rise with every degree of heat

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New Research reveals families could be spending up to £972 per degree of heat when booking their summer holidays | Photo: Natalya Zaritskaya

The price of a family holiday increases by up to £96 for every additional degree of heat in Spain, a study has found. Researchers have calculated how much the price of different holiday destinations rise as the weather warms up in peak season to help families keep costs down.

Looking at the cost of flights from London and accommodation in Benidorm, Spain, for two adults and two teenagers, a week-long trip for four in May when the temperature is 22 degrees will set you back £803 per family for seven days. But this rises to £1,570 in August when the mercury hits 30 degrees – £96 for each extra degree.

Families who opt to travel to their favourite destination outside of peak weather window could be saving an average of £231 for each degree lower in temperature to spend on other aspects of the trip, such as activities with the kids, meals out or shopping.

This doesn’t mean compromising on sun. While a week-long holiday for a family of four in Florida costs £2,100 in May when the thermometer typically reads 29 degrees. But this nearly doubles to £4,043 in August when average temperatures are just two degrees higher at 31 – an additional £972 per degree.

The research was commissioned by Post Office, which also found trips to Cyprus set a family of four back £737 for a milder 24 degrees in May. This ramps up to £1,272, or £89 per degree, for a week in 30 degree heat in July.

Greece is among the more reasonable options, with a family paying around £1,793 for 28 degrees in August, but costs just £1,285 in May at 23 degrees.

It comes after research of 2,000 travellers found four in 10 who are planning a holiday this year intend to go ‘out of season’. Overall cost savings (58 per cent), fewer tourists (51 per cent) and a quieter journey to and from their destination (37 per cent) were among the reasons why. One in ten (11 per cent) have saved over £400 by travelling outside peak season.

It also emerged 42 per cent appreciate the ease of traveling outside of peak times, while 51 per cent relish in peace from a lack of tourists.

Laura Plunkett, Head of Post Office Travel which commissioned the research to mark the launch of its Travel Money Card across all 11,500 branches nationwide, said: “It’s evident from our research that holidaymakers feel warm weather is an important part of the holiday experience, and so are the memories we make while away. It can be increasingly difficult to budget for yearly holidays, especially for those travelling with children who are restricted to peak holiday prices due to the school holidays. However, there are savvy ways to save money on holiday.

“Our research has shown that families can still enjoy hot holidays at a better price point by considering October half term for travel. In fact, a holiday to Cyprus is £321 cheaper in October than August, and still a balmy 25 degrees. Families considering Florida could also save £406 in October, when it is 29 degrees – just two degrees cooler than August.”

Another popular way 77 per cent of travellers have cut back on costs is to fly mid-week, avoiding peak weekend prices.

The study also found 87 per cent of travellers prefer to spend their trips abroad in warmer climates. As many as 85 per cent have either been away already or plan to this year, with Spain (31 per cent), Italy (15 per cent), France (14 per cent) and Greece (14 per cent) among the most popular destinations.

September (18 per cent) is the month adults are more likely to vacation, although August still proves popular for 14 per cent despite being the peak of the summer break.

However, holiday costs could be limiting family travel for many as nearly half (44 per cent) of families feel priced out of travelling during school breaks, with 44 per cent wanting more affordable travel options.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, found the typical adult who travels abroad will budget around £773 for a week-long trip to a country with a typical temperature of 25 degrees.

Laura Plunkett added: “People put a lot of time and effort into making sure they get a great deal on their flights and accommodation, and booking out of season can be a smart way to maximise your holiday experience within your budget.

“However, timely booking is just one way that holidaymakers can save money. It’s important to think carefully about how to get the most out of your spending money as well, which can often be left until the last minute, leaving you exposed to poor rates or unexpected card fees. Keeping an eye on exchange rates and getting your travel money or a pre-paid card when rates are good is another way to maximise the holiday budget.”

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The 10 Best Beaches on the Algarve for your Summer Holiday

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A sunny beach in the Algarve, Portugal
Tourism: the Algarve reached over 20 million overnight stays last year

Last year, over five million tourists flocked to the Algarve to bask in its Mediterranean climate, explore its charming towns, and enjoy a range of activities from golfing to water sports. The region, situated in the south of Portugal, had a great 2023, with data from the National Statistics Institute revealing that the Algarve reached over 20 million overnight stays last year, a welcomed growth of 6.4% compared to the previous year.

Based on ratings, facilities, and accessibility, Euronewsweek has listed the 10 best beaches in the Algarve for your summer holiday.

Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha is often cited as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Known for its dramatic cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and hidden coves, it’s a must-visit. The rock formations and underwater caves make it a prime spot for snorkeling and exploring marine life. Additionally, the scenic views from the cliffs above are perfect for capturing breathtaking photographs.

Praia da Falésia

Falésia Beach (Praia da Falésia) stretches for about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) between the towns of Vilamoura and Olhos de Água, an area well-serviced and with affordable townhouses for rent from £90/night. Praia da Falésia is known for its stunning red and orange cliffs and it’s is perfect for long walks and sunbathing, providing ample space even during peak season. The panoramic views and serene environment make it an ideal spot for relaxation. It’s also a favorite for photographers seeking to capture the vibrant colors of the cliffs against the blue ocean.

Popular Falésia Beach stretches for about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) between the towns of Vilamoura and Olhos de Água | Photo: Alesia Kozik 

Praia de Benagil

Famous for the iconic Benagil Cave, Praia de Benagil is a must-see. While the beach itself is small, the adventure of exploring the cave by boat or paddleboard is unparalleled. This natural wonder, with its sunlit interior, is a sight to behold. The thrill of accessing the cave and witnessing its beauty up close is an experience not to be missed.

Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve’s most popular beaches, known for its wide sandy shore and lively atmosphere. Surrounded by bars, restaurants, and shops, it’s perfect for those who want to combine beach time with a bit of nightlife. The beach also offers a variety of water sports, ensuring there’s never a dull moment for adventure seekers.

Praia do Camilo

Accessible via a long wooden staircase, Praia do Camilo offers stunning views and a cozy beach setting. The clear turquoise waters and unique rock formations make it perfect for snorkeling and photography. Its secluded feel provides a romantic escape, making it a favorite among couples.

Meia Praia

Meia Praia is one of the longest beaches in the Algarve, stretching for nearly five kilometers. It’s perfect for those who love water sports, including windsurfing and jet-skiing. The nearby town of Lagos offers plenty of amenities and dining options. Its expansive shoreline ensures that even on busy days, there’s plenty of space for everyone.

Praia de Dona Ana

Praia de Dona Ana is renowned for its golden cliffs and clear blue waters. It’s a great spot for swimming, and the surrounding cliffs provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day. The close proximity to Lagos makes it easily accessible, allowing visitors to enjoy the best of both beach and town life.

Ilha de Tavira

For a unique beach experience, visit Ilha de Tavira. Accessible by ferry, this island offers pristine beaches and a peaceful environment. It’s perfect for those looking to escape the more crowded mainland beaches. The island’s untouched beauty and tranquil setting provide a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

Praia dos Três Irmãos

Praia dos Três Irmãos is known for its impressive rock formations and tranquil atmosphere. It’s a fantastic spot for exploring caves and arches at low tide. The beach is also equipped with good facilities, including restaurants and sunbed rentals, making it convenient for a full day of relaxation.

Praia da Luz

Praia da Luz offers a family-friendly atmosphere with its calm waters and sandy shore. The beach is backed by a promenade filled with restaurants and cafes, making it a convenient spot for a full day of relaxation. Its gentle waves are perfect for young children, and the nearby town of Luz provides plenty of amenities for a stress-free beach day.

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New direct route between London and Northern Norway

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The new route will offer London to Northern Norway flights with duration of 3 hours and 15 minutes | Photo: Anete Lūsiņa

Norwegian’s newest route between London and Northern Norway for the upcoming winter season has been officially launched.

“We’ve been eager to announce this new route between London Gatwick airport and Harstad-Narvik airport in Evenes. Northern Norway attracts thousands of visitors to experience the northern lights and beautiful Arctic wilderness. The launch of this new route also connects residents of Northern Norway to England’s bustling capital, London, in under four hours,” says Magnus Thome Maursund, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian.

Harstad-Narvik airport in Evenes gives easy access to some of Northern Norway’s most beautiful areas like the Lofoten islands. This northerly region has become a year-round destination for nature lovers with its cooler summers and midnight sun making hiking conditions ideal to experience the jaw-droppingly beautiful nature. The winter season gives visitors the best opportunity to experience the northern lights in the cold, dark Arctic skies.

“These new routes will provide easier access to Lofoten’s natural beauty and extraordinary attractions. We anticipate this will boost year-round tourism and positively impact on our local economy, representing a significant milestone for our community. Additionally, these routes will offer locals a never-before-seen access to popular destinations”, said Vegeir Selboe, Marketing Manager in Destination Lofoten.

The new route between London Gatwick airport and Harstad-Narvik airport in Evenes will operate with a weekly departure on Saturdays from 2 November during the winter season.

“Narvik was just selected as the host city for the FIS Alpine World Cup Ski Championships in 2029. Narvik sits inside the Arctic circle and offers a unique skiing experience with amazing vistas of fjords, and slopes to suit the demands of all skiers,” says Magnus Thome Maursund.

Norwegian has also launched a new direct route between Harstad-Narvik airport in Evenes and Bergamo/Milano in Italy for the upcoming winter season. These new routes from Harstad-Narvik airport in Evenes are in addition to the previously announced direct route to Palma del Mallorca in Spain for the summer season. Norwegian also operates year around direct flights between Evenes and Oslo, and between Evenes and Bergen during the summer season.

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Fred Olsen wins leisure website of the year at the Growth Awards

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Fred Olsen wins leisure website of the year at the Growth Awards
The UK Digital Growth Awards recognise work that is transforming business and revolutionising customer experience

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been unveiled as the winner of the Travel and Leisure Website of the Year at the UK Digital Growth Awards 2024. The ceremony was held in central London on June 20th, following judging by a panel of experts from across the digital sector.

The UK Digital Growth Awards recognise work that is transforming business, revolutionising customer experience and adding real value. The prize comes after Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launched its new-look website last year, with extensive work undertaken to streamline the booking process and more opportunities for guests to personalise their cruise experience.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the title of Travel and Leisure Website of the Year. It is recognition of our whole team’s effort and dedication to improving the experience of our guests when visiting our website,” says Ben Williams, Head of Digital at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

The judges noted ‘the outcomes achieved by this website were clearly conveyed and impressive, showcasing a direct correlation with the results’ and ‘their end-to-end web redesign project yielded remarkable results’.

They also praised the website’s ‘meticulous audience segmentation and content alignment, effectively attracting and engaging it’s intended visitors’.

The accolade is the second win for the digital project having picked up the Travel Website of the Year title at the UK Dev Awards in February.

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