Make summer 2024 one to remember

It’s not too late to book your summer escape

Top tips from our travel experts

Most of us dream about travelling more, seeing the world, and jetting off on holiday to get a break from day-to-day life and the routine of work. And we may be flying through 2024, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to book your summer in the sun!

The secret? Setting goals and careful planning - a few travel tips from the experts are all you need to take your travel ideas and turn them into a reality. Here’s how:

Holidays don’t need to be expensive

People often make the mistake of thinking they need to wait until they have a lot more money before they can book that dream holiday - but there are always deals to be done. Keep an eye out for offers and flash sales through airlines and travel agencies for your holiday. You can always bag a last minute summer holiday for a bargain price!

Plan ahead

Advance booking is usually your best way to guarantee the best prices for your flights and accommodation. However, if you’re looking to secure that last-minute holiday, getting prepared with other things like airport parking can help you avoid unnecessary stress. And for a seamless airport experience, Security FastTrack can get you through to departures in a flash, so you can begin your holiday in the right way in our relaxing lounge.

Stay on top of travel trends

We’re firm believers that you can visit a destination on any budget, but staying on top of travel trends will help you avoid the typically expensive tourist traps and explore the destinations currently having a moment in the spotlight - which means that airlines and accommodation will be offering deals.

Our industry experts have rounded up four destinations tipped to be big in the travel industry for summer 2024:

1. Dubai, UAE

Dubai’s known for its gigantic ambition, bling and megaphone glamour, and the sheer scale of this city can be hard to comprehend. Dubai has the world’s biggest shopping mall, the world’s tallest building, and the world’s first seven-star hotel; even without the fine print, we know that this takes luxury and dips it in 24-carat gold.

There's a softer side to the city for those looking for low-key hangouts, but most people go to Dubai to live it up – to see the supersize sights, eat at fine dining restaurants with spectacular views, sun themselves on the pristine beaches, and shop until they well and truly drop.

2. Ibiza, Spain

This iconic Mediterranean island almost needs no introduction. It may be the ultimate destination for clubbers seeking late nights and world-class DJs, but there’s so much more to this beautiful Balearic spot. Full of idyllic beaches, you can snorkel in the glistening waters on the north coast, or hop on a boat to catch an unforgettable sunset.

The quaint villages and town squares of Ibiza are lined with local restaurants, cafes and shops, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Step into the Unesco-listed old town, Dalt Vila, and be transported back in time - a favourite among celebrities. Wander local markets, discover Ibizan wines at the vineyards, and indulge in a fresh seafood feast beside the sea.

3. Nice, France

Capital of the French Riviera, this Unesco-listed city is a haven of sun all year round, making it a great escape for pure bliss and relaxation. Once you catch a glimpse of the crystal-clear waters and charming historic centre, it’s no surprise why painters such as Matisse found inspiration in this picturesque location.

From strolling down the palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais, to sampling street food specialities, Nice is packed full of charming streets, art galleries, and world-class sights. A prime spot for high-flyers looking for a slice of luxury, the city equally has plenty on offer for those on a budget.

4. Marrakesh, Morocco

A colourful, chaotic whirlwind of a city, Marrakesh’s vibrant energy has captivated visitors for centuries. Everyone visits the Djemaa El Fna, the bustling main square, for an experience like nowhere else, where a maze of souks sells endless treasures – fragrant spices, authentic terracotta tagine pots, babouche slippers, olives, punnets of bright red strawberries, fresh khobz bread, and much, much more.

There’s a free-spirited café scene in Marrakesh too, and a perfect afternoon could be sipping traditional mint tea and pavement-side people watching. Marrakesh is a city that never stops moving, that promises to steal your heart and leave you with a sense of magic and wonder.

And don't forget about weekend ‘mini’ breaks...

Remember, it doesn’t need to be a two-week holiday to a far-flung location or nothing at all - you can enjoy a cultured city break or a restful retreat in a single weekend. The key is speeding up the journey - as you don’t want to spend hours at the airport when you’re only away for a couple of days. Use services like FastTrack and fly through the Express Lane at Security and Passport Control. Less travel time = more holiday time.

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