As our lives become increasingly busy with the demands of work and family, we sometimes neglect to put time aside for our best friends. So, when the opportunity arises to spend some quality time abroad with the girls, you need to make the most of it – even if that does mean holidaying on a budget.
Thankfully, there are some truly fabulous holiday destinations around the world that combine the magic ingredients of sun, sand and sea, with a pinch of history and sightseeing. Here are a few great affordable destinations to help you save on your next girly break.
Turkey is not yet a member of the European Union, so its currency is still the Turkish Lira. The conversion rate is excellent to the pound, which means that your spending money will go much further whilst there. There are lovely boutique hotels in and around Bodrum, which is a port town in the south west of the country. Resorts by the ocean will give you plenty of time on the sand, as well as vibrant night life in the evenings. For a dose of culture, plan a trip to see the ruins at Ephesus.
Another destination that’s becoming increasingly popular is Mykonos, a Greek island that forms part of the Cyclades – and another place where you can enjoy a favourable exchange rate! Famous for its sandy beaches, Mykonos is also home to buzzing bars which regularly play host to world-famous DJs. Plus, the scenery is breath-taking, especially around the area known as Little Venice, where the buildings overhang the water’s edge.
If exotic weather and glowing suntans aren’t high priority, though, why not stay on home turf this year, and enjoy a ‘staycation’? With the recession picking everyone’s pockets, many Brits are opting to explore the sights that the UK has to offer. You could try renting a cottage in Dorset for miles of sandy coastline – or, if you’d prefer an urban break with a generous helping of pampering, visit the historic city of Bath and head to the newly opened Thermae Bath Spa – Britain’s only natural thermal spa.
Whether you stay at home or fly abroad this summer, a credit card from American Express is another great way to make your trip more economical. Earn exclusive membership rewards points as you spend, which can be redeemed for flights, hotels, holidays and gift vouchers in future – helping to make your money go further. To find out more, visit americanexpress.com/uk.