Easyjet is offering a direct Glasgow to Marseille service from 28th June starting at £31.50 one way and there’ll be Manchester to Gibraltar flights operating from 3rd July starting at £36 for the outward leg.
Easyjet are also launching routes from Cardiff to Berlin Tegel as well as Newquay to Leeds Bradford, which should make Cornish summer breaks easier – possibly a much better option than battling through bumper-to-bumper traffic down the M5 and A30. You won’t get your surfboard on as hand luggage, though.
If you fancy France for skiing or sightseeing, Flybe are starting services from Doncaster/Sheffield or Norwich to Chambery in the Rhone Alps, near to the Swiss and Italian borders. The pretty 15th century centre of Chambery features a castle and a cathedral with narrow streets filled with pavement cafes. There are museums and galleries too. Foodies might want to try the local dish, raclette, which is melted cheese.
Ryanair will take you to Romania from Bristol this November, flying to the capital Bucharest – with £25 seats one way.
There have been a number of cut-price flights to Canada offered recently. Air Transat are advertising discounted transatlantic travel to major cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. If you pay around £40 more for an exit row with extra legroom their service is worth considering. Now Canadian airline WestJet are also offering a deal. Seats on their incredibly cheap Gatwick to Vancouver route start from £360 if you book to travel at end of September.
British Airways are launching a non-stop service to Muscat from Heathrow. From 30th October 2016 you could be enjoying sunshine or souk/market bargain shopping in Oman’s historic port capital for just £348 return.
If you’re looking for reasonably priced rooms abroad and from a brand you know, Premier Inn are set to expand with another fifty international hotels by 2020. The chain with the purple logo, which is advertised by Lenny Henry on TV, has just opened a hotel in Thailand. It is just 10 minutes from Pattaya Beach. Rooms are bookable online from £21 a night.
Premier Inn also have affordable Dubai Airport rooms from £56 a night, which is a good price for the Middle East state, and there’s a Singapore hotel with a £79 daily rate. But shop around in Singapore – you’ll get better deals than that at funkier properties. Premier Inn is adding Goa to their range soon.
Eurostar says that brand new trains are gradually being introduced between London and Paris, and these will soon be rolled out on the two-hour St Pancras to Brussels route. They feature free Wi-Fi and a selection of on-demand Hollywood movies that you can stream on your device. I just hope it’s not ‘The Great Train Robbery’ – that would be rubbing it in when you consider what you paid for your seat!
A warning if you’re traveling to the States. Security or immigration queues have topped 90 minutes and there are fears things will get worse as the summer travel season kicks in. Some industry groups are blaming government staffing cuts. You’re being asked to send queue pictures as proof to iHateTheWait.com. Don’t use your camera entering the country or where signs prohibit.