The travel industry is a complex machine. Some newspapers and blogs extol the virtues of ferries, others suggest the benefits of motor travel but it is an undeniable fact that the cost of air travel has become more competitive in recent years.
The world really can be your oyster as long as you carry out plenty of research and read airline websites as well as blogging forums for comments and advice. You don’t want to turn up at an airport thinking that you’ve got all your bases covered in terms of your ticket and then discover there may well be a few so-called ‘optional extras’ added to the tariff.
For those based in the British Isles it’s relatively simple searching for cheap flights UK, just make sure you read the T&Cs.
If you are a lover of all things Italian and your idea of heaven is to spend some time visiting the Scala in Milan and exploring the shopping arcades, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II, opposite the Duomo, then arrange to fly midweek.
The costs will be considerably lower than a weekend reservation and if anything it’s more pleasant to wander around the city when most of the crowds are absent.
Milan is always exciting. The nightclubs are great fun, the fashionistas are extraordinary and if you ever get bored just stroll down to Santa Maria delle Grazia and stand in awe in front of Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper.’
Cheaper air travel can give the illusion that the world has reduced in size. For a journey with a difference, recreate the travels of an early explorer. Of course things have changed since Marco Polo made his wonderful trek from Venice to China when mule, horse or foot were more common ways of travel but why not try and follow in his footsteps?
Take time to buy a copy of ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’ and see how much of this amazing journey you can recreate by stopping at the different airports and their surrounding countries en route. Of course you won’t get to meet Kublai Khan at your journey’s end, but you’ll find your own marvels and wonders on your adventure.