The whole package – budget breaks with real adventure

How to turn a budget package holiday into an adventure to remember.

You may think that an ‘all-inclusive’ sea, sun, sand holiday is your idea of hell or you may like the relaxation but fancy a bit of adventure too. Either way, keep reading for how to make the most of the abundance of budget airlines and cheap holiday deals for a nifty way to explore new places without the costly price tag.

I find that the best place to start is by looking for the cheapest flight+hotel deal to popular resorts. There are plenty out plane-50893_1280there in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. Once you have a few ideas, then do some research into what the surrounding areas have to offer. You will find a wealth of tiny towns stuffed with history and places of amazing natural beauty right on the doorstep with easy access by hire car or public transport.

Now here are a few of my ideas to get you started …

Agadir, Morocco

morocco-339560_1280It is easy to get cheap hotel+flight+car deals to Agadir for those in search of the sun and the surf. Although the city has miles of beautiful beach and some lovely markets it is very much geared toward the European tourist.

However, just a short drive (taxis are also cheap) from the city you will find the impressively fortified market city of Taroudant, the beautiful coastline and haven for birdlife of Souss Massa National Park and the spectacular Paradise Valley with its soaring mountains and deep natural swimming pools.

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca has definitely become the epitome of the Brit abroad culture with its party towns and packed beaches but the rest of the island has so much more to offer. cape-formentor-340370_1280

Taking advantage of a cheap flight+hotel deal to get you into Palma and with a hotel in another part of island (such as Port
de Soller) you can then hire a car and suddenly the rest of Mallorca is your oyster. The island has spectacular mountain scenery, incredible hidden coves and some of the most delicious Spanish cuisine around.

Fethiye, Turkey

pamukkale-14999_1280Going all the way to Turkey and then just sitting on a beach in Fethiye for 10 days seems like a little bit of a shame to me as the country has so many amazing places to visit.

Just a stones throw by organised tour, car or public transport is the ancient city of Ephesus and the incredible travertines at Pamukkale. Within easy reach you can also find the Saklikent gorge with its 4000 year old city built into the rock face and the opportunity to swim through Europe’s second largest gorge.

So now its just time for you to book a budget break and find out what there is beyond the sea, sand and sunburned Brits.

Photographs courtesy of Pixabay