29 November, 2013

11 ideas for cheap holidays that aren't Bali or Thailand


By Julian Swallow

BEEN there, done that ... and back for more.

Most Australians believe Bali and Thailand still offer the top bang-for-buck holidays.

But are they right?

A recent Galaxy survey conducted for Escape asked 1000 Australians which destination they rated as the best value for money. Bali and Thailand were the top picks and Australian holidays were rated a distant third when it came to value for money.

The Bali bias was highest in Western Australia, with 46 per cent of West Aussies naming Bali as their discount destination of choice.

Yet, beyond the traditional trips on the beaten path, it's still possible to find affordable breaks filled with sun, sand and surf.

Escape - together with Flight Centre - has unearthed 11 overseas holiday ideas - all for less than $3000 a person - for 2014 that might convince you to finally try somewhere new.

Where are you going this summer?

1. Samoa
It used to be the last place on Earth to welcome each new day. Now, following a sneaky switch across the international date line in 2011, it is the first country on earth to meet the rising sun. And lots of sun there is too! Even better, if you travel here for New Year you can be the first to ring in 2014, with a cocktail drunk from a coconut shell. If that's not reason enough to venture beyond your Pacific comfort zone, add in beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and the resting place of Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island, and you've got a destination that fascinates with its range of possibilities.

What's the deal?
Return flights and six nights' accommodation at the 3-star Insel Fehmarn Hotel with daily buffet breakfast. From $1035 per person (ex Sydney). Offer valid for sale until November 30, 2013. For travel May 1 - June 25, 2014.

Source - www.perthnow.com.au (Travel, Escape)