A friend has offered me the use of her apartment near Murcia so we are booking cheap flights with a budget airline and heading a bit further south for once.
I hope I haven't had my last coach holiday to the Costa Brava though.
I went by coach for my first holiday to LLoret about 9 years ago when it seemed the cheaper option. However with all the budget flight deals around now I think it probably works out cheaper to fly or am I wrong ? It was a bit of an adventure though and as we got chatting to 2 other couples and smuggled on a couple of crates of beer on after a stop at the Hyper market just over the border it got better. However I think it was just too long to be comfortable took 29 hours or maybe more to get there, even though it was interesting.
Funny, as there always seems to be more northerners using the coach holidays, you would think more people in the south would be tempted to use them to get away from the airport hassle, as it's not a long journey for them
i still think coaching is the cheaper option depending when you are travelling , as i have to take school holidays because of my job. Last year the total cost for 2 adults A1 (13days) 10nights was £758 and that included the extra price for extra leg room , this year we are going HB to Rhodes 14 nights £1574, thats a big difference . I have priced up flights hotel and transfers seperately and it doesn't come out any cheaper .
Cider we did notice that there were not as many Ferris coaches or other Uk coach firms on the road or at resorts so maybe the cheap flights are taking over as Ferris also offers flights and holidays to benidorm .
However, i don't think cheap flights will be around forever, it may come full circle!!
agree with cider,the worst bit is getting to dover(we live in blackpool) it takes hours to get there,once you across the water,the miles go so quick(its our clogged up motorways)
On the way last year to Lloret, I boarded at Manchester and had a pleasant journey.
It's the coming home trip which was the ballbreaker last year.
both have the dreaded hub changeover system, the only thing i can use to differentiate is that Siesta used to have a hostess service from the borders, whilst Club C didn't bother until London (if at all!)
If travelling from Scotland have you mnot thought about getting the train down south to pick up the coach as there are now some very cheap rail tickets.
Same happen with flights ... people going south to Manchester or Newcastle will only hinder the development of direct routes from Scotland
No cash for them i say!!!
Drive our car to Harry Roffey,he runs " Inland Travel" board his bus and sit back,we ask for the upper deck middle of bus snd its great.The crew look after us, they stop every 3-4 hrs, plenty of space, a couple of films kids love it and are asleep by 9 oclock! Tried the plane but thats a nightmare looking after kids waiting around with 2 million others,carting cases miles and then waiting for passport control with 1 person checking the 300 people who got off the plane.
Maripins is best hotel for families,Pat, English lady on reception looks after all your requests, superb food and a clean room.Plenty to do around town to keep us all happy, roll on 22nd Aug!
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