When booking flights for a holiday, most people look for the cheapest and quickest way to get to their chosen destination. However, getting there is half the fun, and you shouldn’t overlook those flights that have stopovers or layovers in midway cities.
For example, many flights headed to London will often have connecting flights in Singapore. Instead of running from one flight to the next with just an hour to spare, why not extend your stay in your stopover city? You’ll get to see one more city, without the cost of an extra flight.
The travel expert at Get Going Travel Insurance have five good reasons why you should book a flight with a layover. And remember, sometimes you can even extend your layover stay from one night to two. Just speak to your travel agent.
Value for money
“One of the reasons you should consider taking a non-direct flight is due to the fact it can work out to be the same price or even cheaper than taking a flight straight to your destination, with the added bonus of seeing more places.”
“A stopover is like a bonus mini-holiday. You can spend a full day (or two!) soaking up the culture in another country before continuing on to your main destination. It’s a great way to preview cities to determine if it’s somewhere you would like to spend a full holiday or if you’d use it as another opportunity to cross destinations off your bucket list.”
Break up a long journey
“Planes are not known for their comfort, so sitting in one position for hours at a time is not enjoyable for most. However, choosing to take a non-direct route gives you the opportunity to split up your journey, fully stretch your legs and get some fresh air.”
Turn 1 destination into 3
“If you’re clever, you can turn one destination into three by booking connecting flights for your outbound and returning flight, with a layover both times. It won’t cost you anymore, and it’ll make the journey home much more enjoyable.”
“No matter if your stopover is 6 hours or a full 48 hours, stopovers could be a great way to explore the world. Here are some tips for making the best of your stopover.”
“Don’t feel like you need to pack your schedule to the brim, think of a stopover as more than of a taster than a full course meal. Only plan for the things that you really want to do, but keep in mind the distance of the activities from the airport.”
Pack with Your Stopover in Mind
“You won’t be able to fully explore if you have to carry around to two big suitcases. Pack everything you need for a stopover in your carry-on bag - many airports have storage facilities that you can take advantage of.”
Best Stopover Cities
- Dubai: Known for its modern architecture, Dubai is a bustling hub for celebrities and influencers alike. Take a trip to 148th floor of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa to get picturesque views of the city.
- Lisbon: Make a stop in Portugal’s capital and you can take time exploring the cobbled streets and colourful building and spending your down time sipping coffee in an open square.
- Singapore: Singapore is the ideal stopover when travelling to Southeast Asia, no matter what type of traveller you are - there are places for you to relax, shop and explore.
- Hong Kong: A cultural melting pot, Hong Kong is a bustling city with luxe bars, restaurants and shopping.
- Abu Dhabi: The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi has one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE, water parks, Ferrari World and much more.
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