Top 10 long-haul destinations

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Guest Writer
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Europe is a fascinating holiday destination – but sometimes it’s nice to go off the beaten track. So for many of us the lure of a long-haul flight somewhere exotic, far-flung and truly foreign can prove to be irresistible.

If you haven’t booked your holiday just yet and would like to go somewhere further than you normally dare to venture, then take a look at these fabulous destinations:

Vancouver

1. Vancouver, Canada

They say Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains – but of course, it’s much more than that. Vancouver is the most popular long-haul destination with Staysure customers thanks no doubt in part to its idyllic setting, laid-back vibrant culture and favourable climate. What’s more, foodies and shop-a-holics love Vancouver because of its eclectic mix of world-class restaurants and its dazzling array of local and international shops. Plus, in the winter you’re only 30 minutes from the slopes, while in the summer the promenades and beaches are heaving with sun worshippers. What else could you wish for?

Average flight time from London: 9h 30m.

Barbados, Caribbean

2. Barbados, Caribbean

Known as the most British island in the Caribbean, Barbados sails in at number two on our most popular long-haul destination list. It’s got everything you need for a quintessential Caribbean escape: white sands, bathwater warm waters, historic colonial architecture and the bustling capital Bridgetown, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the island is surrounded by colourful coral reefs, providing exciting opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. You’ll find plenty to intoxicate the senses on this unique island.

Average flight time from London: 8hr 20m.

New york city

3. New York, USA

The Big Apple is often referred to as the greatest city in the world. Home to Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty – the must-see list for first time visitors, or even those that have been before, is mind boggling. From giving your taste buds a treat in China Town or Little Italy, to catching a play in Broadway or visiting movie locations – New York has something for everyone. And viewing that iconic skyline should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Average flight time from London: 7h 20m.

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4. Bangkok, Thailand

Known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is cosmopolitan, vibrant and one of the most visited cities in Asia. Thailand’s capital offers old world charm, a myriad of old exotic temples and a canal-ringed old town that is perfect for a spot of sightseeing. From mega malls to Chatuchak Market (the world’s largest street market) there’s nothing you can’t find in Bangkok. Those who love to treat their tastebuds should also try the legendary local street food. But if you haven’t got the stomach for that, why not make a reservation in one of Asia’s best restaurants, the prestigious Nahm?

Average flight time from London: 11h 15m.

Sydney

5. Sydney, Australia

If you’re thinking of going Down Under and visiting Australia’s largest city then you won’t be left disappointed – there is so much to do here! Of course, no trip to Sydney would be complete without visiting the Opera House, Australia’s most recognised building. Brave visitors can even climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for jaw-dropping views of the city. Sydney is also home to Bondi Beach – arguably one of the most famous stretches of sand in the world. What’s more, you’ll discover plenty of bars and restaurants in Darling Harbour if you fancy a break from all the sightseeing!

Average flight time from London: 22h.

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India

6. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India

Looking for the cultural and intellectual capital of India? Well that would be Kolkata! India’s second biggest city was once the capital of the British Raj, and for that reason it has an impressive legacy of colonial buildings. Among them is the Victoria Memorial (pictured above), a palatial white marble monument built in 1901 as a tribute to the Queen following her death. You can also see Mother Teresa’s home, which is where she lived for 44 years. On the other hand, the India Museum, — the oldest museum in India – has one of the largest art and artefact collections in Asia.

Average flight time from London: 12h 25m.

Dubai

7. Dubai, UAE

Dubai is the capital of abundance. Here you will find the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa, the world’s biggest shopping centre – the Dubai Mall, and the world’s only seven-star hotel – the Burj al Arab. That said, you don’t have to have the world’s biggest salary to enjoy a holiday here. Many budget travellers visit during the summer as it is the cheapest time to come due to the 40c plus temperatures. But fear not, there are plenty of air conditioned restaurants, bars and shopping malls to keep you cool. Other attractions include an indoor ski park, a futuristic metro, the historic old district and the myriad of well-kept beaches.

Average flight time from London: 6h 45m.

Queenstown, New Zealand

8. Queenstown, New Zealand

Stunning scenery, check. Warm people, check. Reputation as the adventure capital of the country? Triple check! Yes there are plenty of reasons why Queenstown is said to be the country’s most popular holiday destination. Surrounded by mountains and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, its mesmerising backdrop alone reels in many travellers. Must dos include: taking a hike on the city’s walking tracks, going for a ride along the city’s extensive bike paths, sampling world class pinot noir wine in the Gibbston Valley and exploring the record number of restaurants and bars – the largest amount per capita in the country.

Average flight time from London: 28h

Cape town

9. Cape Town, South Africa

Dominated by Table Mountain, Cape Town is the most southern city on the Continent and the second largest in South Africa. Don’t forget summer is from December to February here – and there are a plethora of golden beaches to soak up some winter sun. Highlights include catching a cable car up to the famous Table Mountain, visiting the nearby penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach and taking a stroll around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – where you’ll find plenty of watering holes and eateries. Rumour has it that the Mount Nelson Hotel, known as the Pink Palace, serves the best afternoon tea in the world.

Average flight time from London: 11h 25m.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap’s appeal lies largely in its proximity (3km away) to the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex. A UNESCO Heritage Site, no photos can do these structures justice. Built between the 9th and 14th century, they have remained largely untouched for 500 years. However, there’s so much more to Siem Reap than the temple ruins – it’s a major tourist destination in its own right. Venture into the Old Market to nibble crispy fried tarantulas, chicken feet and roasted bugs. Or after temple-trekking all day, why not treat yourself to a fish foot massage? And head to Pub Street to people-watch at bars including the Red Piano, where Angelina Jolie spent many a night while filming Tomb Raider in the temples.

Average flight time from London: 16h

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