Most Popular Long Haul Flights
Are you planning an extended break to a far away, exotic destination? From the UK, you can find amazing deals flying direct to wonderful holiday hotspots, whether you want an island break, a vibrant city getaway or a cultural journey full of historical discoveries.
To choose your holiday destination, do some research on local weather and peak tourist seasons to decide which time of year is best for you. At Simply Holiday Deals, we help you do this with our destination guides and inspirational travel articles providing tips and tricks for travel to long haul flight destinations.
To get you started, here's a list of some of the most popular long haul destinations from the UK.
In approximately 9 hours, you can fly to island paradise direct from the UK. Barbados is popular with UK travellers, with the familiar and the exotic apparent in village cricket greens mixed with sugar cane fields and monkeys. Stay on the West Coast for a taste of luxury among the glamour of opulent mansions, visit the East Coast for wild waves and rugged cliffs or discover the plantation houses in the lush interior.
Jamaica is a must for reggae fans, as the famous birthplace of Bob Marley. Montego Bay and Negril encompass everything you could wish for in coastal resorts, with swaying palm trees, white sand, world-class restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba, is home to spectacular rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and mountain ranges. Exotic Havana beckons with salsa dancing, cocktails and glorious colonial buildings. To immerse yourself in complete rest and relaxation, choose Aruba for its laid-back vibe, balmy weather and colourful marine life.
The average flight time to Mexico City from London is under 12 hours. Explore the mysterious temples of Chichen Itza, the pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Spanish colonial heritage evident in picturesque towns. Mexico brims with outdoor adventure opportunities, including reef diving, whale watching, hang-gliding and river rafting.
When you simply want to relax, indulge in the mouth-watering cuisine of tacos and burritos and laze about on pristine beaches, visit Cancun, Cozumel and Costa Azul, where you can also go snorkelling, sea kayaking and surfing.
In just over 11 hours, you can fly direct to Thailand and into the heart of holiday-maker heaven. Thailand offers incredible diversity for tourists, with tropical islands, ruined cities, rare wildlife, fantastic shopping and accommodation options that range from bohemian budget huts to 5-star retreats.
Visit the bustling metropolis of Bangkok to sample spicy street food and markets selling goods from the weird to the wonderful. Chill out on the white sands of Patong Beach and party all night long on Bangla Road. Take a boat trip to Phi Phi Island to relax, surrounded by limestone cliffs and turquoise waters or go on an elephant trek in the lush jungle.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
You can fly direct to holiday mecca, Dubai, from London, in under 7 hours; making the United Arab Emirates an easy long haul trip. Dubai is for luxury lovers, adventure seekers and those wishing to explore historic tradition surrounded by futuristic innovation. Admire the Palm Islands, visit the world's tallest tower and the world's largest shopping centre, but save your spending money for the famous Gold and Spice Souks.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is a hub of history, culture and natural beauty, with the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, rolling sand dunes, beaches, mountains and lush oases. You can take lessons in the art of falconry, go on a camel trek in the desert, dine in gourmet restaurants and shop till you drop in the bustling city.
Plan a trip to Cape Town and fly direct from London in just over 11 hours. Famous for beautiful beaches, rolling vineyards, fine dining and an exciting nightlife, basing yourself here gives you every opportunity to have cosmopolitan fun before heading off on safari.
Kruger National Park is world-renowned for the place to spot the big 5 - lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants - plus many more. Go on a walking trek through Blyde River Canyon to spot crocodiles and hippos or hang out in Durban for clean, golden sands, sunshine and the quintessential beach culture.
Fly into New York in just over 7 hours to discover the East Coast, or go direct from London to Los Angeles for the glamour of Hollywood in 11 hours. Whatever you choose to do, a trip to the USA makes for an unforgettable long haul trip.
With so many options, it can be hard to choose between the incredible array of destinations. Stay in Las Vegas to explore the Grand Canyon before hitting the bright lights of the casino strip. Stand on top of the Empire State Building in New York to see the city lights on dusk, laze on the white sands of Florida's pristine beaches or head to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge and discover Alcratraz
This is the big long haul trip for most UK travellers, with a flight time of approximately 23 hours with stopovers in cities such as Singapore and Dubai. Fly into Sydney to enjoy the glittering harbour, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Choose Melbourne for vibrant nightlife, an innovative arts and culture scene, multi-cultural cuisine and historic buildings. Brisbane is the gateway to Queensland's stunning beaches, with the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and, further north, the underwater delights of the Great Barrier Reef.
Tips For Long Haul Flights
To avoid the dreaded feeling of jetlag and ensure you have a comfortable flight, follow these tips and land refreshed and revitalised at your long haul holiday destination!
- Get a good night's sleep the night before, avoid alcohol and make sure you're fully hydrated, so you board the plane in the best possible health.
- Pack a small carry-on bag with the essentials to keep you occupied, such as medications, snacks, iPods, books and mini toiletries.
- Ask for a seat that suits you best. Would you prefer to be in the aisle so you can get up easily, or do you like to sleep against the window?
- Sip on water for the entire flight and avoid coffee and alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.
- Get up and walk around every hour or so to stretch your legs and keep your circulation going.
- Try to time your flight with movies, meals etc, so the hours go by quickly.
- Don't forget to look out the window before you land, if you can, to see your destination from the air for the first time!