Getting around Europe: to fly or not to fly?
Europe remains one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers, offering tourists the chance to visit a range of areas with ease. But once individuals have decided on which of the many locations they are going to visit there is one question which remains: how will they get there?
Perhaps the most common form of holiday transport from the UK is flying. According to some reports, air is the preferred method with 43 million people opting for this selection compared to just 9.7 million for sea travel and 5.6 million for the Channel Tunnel.
The popularity of flying to holiday destinations has perhaps been caused by the easy accessibility and convenience of this mode of transport. Flying to destinations is often considered to be the fastest and most direct form of travel and has therefore become the preferred option.
Of course, flying isn’t for everyone and the other options are equally as successful at getting you to your chosen destination. When you are deciding on how to reach those beautiful villas in Majorca or on mainland Spain for your holiday always consider the following factors:
Nobody wants to spend most of their holiday travelling so investigate how long different methods of transport will take. Make sure you include any travel time needed to get to and from airports/harbours or other departure sports and include any waiting or ‘checking-in’ time that might be included.
Evaluate which method of transport gives you the quickest possible travel time and then select accordingly. This is a great way to make sure you chose the right form of travel and have as much time as possible to enjoy your holiday.
Another important consideration should be over the experience that you get whilst travelling. This is an important part of the holiday process and should not be overlooked. Flying can be a great and exciting experience for younger travellers and is therefore a popular option.
For those interested in a slower-paced method, travelling via sea can give a unique experience for all passengers involved giving visitors a great experience before they set foot in their holiday destination. It is important to remember that this form of travel can take longer and will be affected by weather conditions and the activity of the sea.
The final consideration to make is over the cost of the transport method. These will vary depending on the provider or the service and the time of year of travel but reasonable prices can often be found. A number of holiday providers will offer “package deals” which give holidaymakers a combined bill for both their holiday accommodation and travel.
It is therefore important that when looking at villas individuals consider the package holiday options which are available to them. Purchasing the holiday in this way could help them to save money whilst still using their preferred method of transport.
Nowadays, with budget airlines offering heavily reduced prices on a regular basis, the difference between the costs of transport methods are not as pronounced. This means that you can have ultimate freedom of choice over how to start their holiday.