TUNISIA ENTICES A RECORD NUMBER OF BRITISH TOURISTS

Record number of Brits are flocking to Tunisia, and according to the Tunisian minister for tourism, Jamal Gamra, the UK is now their second biggest tourism market, with the potential to be the first within a number of years.

More than 350,000 British tourists are expected to visit Tunisia this year, to sample the magic of the Sahara desert and enjoy the stunning coastline, gorgeous sandy beaches and abundance of historical sites.

Bringing a touch of Africa to the heart of the Mediterranean, Tunisia is only a two and a half hour flight and is a true all round holiday destination – summer temperatures reach a high of 32oC while from December to March it cools off to a comfortable 18oC. So whether you want to escape for a little R & R, immerse yourself in some wonderful history, enjoy an array of watersports or get down to some great golf, Tunisia has loads to offer and Brits are lapping it up.

There are also some great last minute bargains you can pick up for the summer with Latedeals.co.uk. All deals can be booked at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.


47% off Skanes Family Resort – only £995pp

For a real family treat, and savings of 47%, stay for seven nights all inclusive at the four-star Skanes Family Resort for £995pp – was £1,1790. Flights depart from Leeds Bradford on 7th July.

Go 5-Star for 10 Days at the Holiday Village Manar for £1,611 – 39% off
For the height of holiday luxury, go for a five-star experience, staying all inclusive at the Holiday Village Manar in Hammamet for £1,611 – original cost £2,498. Flights depart from Manchester on 4th July.


Hotel Royal Kenz for £937pp – £392 off

Save 31% and enjoy an all inclusive week at the Hotel Royal Kenz in Port El Kantaoui for £937pp, leaving from Cardiff on 3rd July.

 

Prices were correct at Thursday 20th June, are based on two adults sharing and are subject to availability.

How to achieve ‘Airport Chic’ and Style It Up on holiday

Top tips on what to travel in, hot beachwear looks and how to look cool on hot summer nights from celebrity stylist Martine Alexander and Latedeals.co.uk.  We have has teamed up with celebrity stylist Martine Alexander to offer expert advice on how to achieve ‘Airport Chic’ and Beach Style this summer.

Martine has styled celebrities including Coronation Street stunners Michelle Keegan, Samia Ghadie, Michelle Collins and Ali King, plus Helen Flanagan, Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon and Suzanne Shaw.


And she knows just how important it is ensure whether you’re travelling to this summer’s long haul hotspots such as
Mexico, Jamaica and Cape Verde or to popular favourites such as Tenerife, Turkey and Cyprus, you step off the plane looking stylish and fresh.

Travel in style
Martine said, “To me, airport chic is all about looking like you’ve rolled out of bed, thrown on the first thing you’ve come across on the floor, popped on a pair of shades and headed to the airport – without looking in the mirror!

“Style should look effortless, aka not look like you’ve tried. How you do this is by avoiding anything that looks too ‘matchy-matchy’ and colour coordinated.

“So, at the airport, you want to be wearing your skinny blue jeans (if you want to be on trend then make sure yours are frayed or ripped), a floaty longline blouse (make a mental note of this shirt as it will re-appear later on) and your must-have cashmere scarf to keep you warm. Shoes should be comfortable (either a gold flat sandal or a wedge).”

Hot beachwear looks this summer and how to ‘style it up’ on the beach
So is this summer about a one piece or bright skimpy bikini, the kaftan or sarong, and what footwear is on trend?

Martine advises, “This summer it’s all about the tassels and bling on the beach. Tassels can take any form of a guise whether sewn onto a swimsuit or with a simple bikini and accessorised with a fringed cover up.

“If you’re thinking of afternoon drinks straight from the beach and don’t have time to change, add a statement necklace to your bikini, a sheer maxi dress or that blouse I mentioned before, heels and your oversized sunglasses for that infamous effortless look! Whether you plan to be enjoying a mojito in Egypt, a bottle of Peroni on the Costa Brava or an Ouzo in Greece, make sure your suitcase is packed with the ideal key items.

The only way is capsule
While most women take their entire wardrobe for every eventuality (fat day, stains etc), Maxine is a great believer that less is more and that by taking less, you have more chance of wearing it all and experimenting with different combinations. Here are her top ten ideas for keeping it capsule:

1. Denim shorts – again, frayed for Spring/Summer 2013
2. Nude wedges – they go with everything
3. Flip flops
4. Selection of summer hats
5. Jeans – these can be the same that you flew out in
6. Trainers – for exercise purposes only!
7. Two dresses – mix and match with accessories to create different looks
8. One pair of killer heels – for those ultra special nights
9. Tailored jacket – to complement dresses and jeans
10. Five summer tops and shorts – to be mix and matched

Calum Macdonald from Latedeals.co.uk says: “The cost of a new holiday wardrobe can really add up, with the average cost around £245 – the equivalent of a holiday with Latedeals.co.uk! Maxine’s advice on sticking to a capsule wardrobe is a great way to keep those pre-holiday costs down and also help avoid any unexpected costs as a result of exceeding airline baggage allowances!”

SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAY DEALS

It’s the school summer holiday countdown and Latedeals.co.uk has massive savings on some great family friendly destinations. Here’s some of our handpicked favourites – all prices are for two adults and two children sharing.

Spain for £1,960 – save 24%
Enjoy a week, all inclusive, at the three-star Levante Beach Apartments in Benidorm for £1,960 – £602 off the original price of £2,563. The price includes return flights from Manchester on 30th July. Book at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.

Cyprus for £2,480 – save 24%
Book a week’s all inclusive break at the three-star Electra Village in Nissi Beach for £2,480 – £822 off the original price of £3,303. The price includes return flights from Manchester on 31st July. Book at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.

Turkey for £2,374 – £1,021 off
Save 30% on a week’s all inclusive stay at the four-star Club Sun City in Olu Deniz – £2,374. The price includes return flights from Gatwick on 30th July. Book at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.

Tunisia for £2,408 for £2,408 – £887 off
Save 27% on a week’s all inclusive stay at the four-star Skanes Family Resort for £2,408. The price includes return flights from East Midlands on 24th July. Book at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.

Bulgaria for £3,362 – save 20%
Spend 14-nights, staying all inclusive, at the four-star Aqua Nevis Club Hotel in Sunny Beach for £3,362. The price includes return flights from Newcastle on 29th July. Book at www.latedeals.co.uk or call 0800 027 8302.

 

Staying fit on holiday

We all look forward to our holidays and see them as a time to relax and unwind with our families, but it is also the ideal time to stay fit. Many holiday makers spend months getting fit for their holiday as they want to look their best only to let all their hard work slip as soon as the plane lands. Then you have those including myself who like to stay fit all year round and see going on holiday as a way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and relaxing at the same time. My advice would be to make exercise fun whilst you’re on holiday and be realistic about how much exercise you want to do whilst you’re away and overall don’t be too hard on yourself.

Exercise doesn’t have to be about spending hours in the gym, you can enjoy the outdoors and make it fun, there are plenty of great activities that come with some beautiful scenic views.

Walking is a fantastic way to keep active on holiday and is a perfect way to take in your new surroundings. Walking not only helps to tone your legs, ankles and calves it also helps to strengthen the muscles in your feet, the swinging action of your arms will help to reduce tension around your shoulders helping you to relax further. There’s an abundance of places to walk in Menorca where rolling hills and wooded valleys lead to stunning coastlines and beautiful beaches. You will be able to explore on foot the pretty fishing villages and bustling markets towns that are rich in culture and history. Cami de Cavalls is a 116 mile ancient path that encircles the whole of Menorca, the trail has been divided into 20 manageable sections that range in length and is very easy to follow without a guide as the entire route is well signposted. Many holiday makers choose to walk a few of the sections; the route also passes through the city of Mao and the former capital of Ciutadella. What can be better than spending your time looking out over spectacular rugged cliffs, seeing flower filled gorges and taking in breath taking views?

Swimming is a great way to exercise the whole body and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean are perfect. Swimming is known to work all the muscles in the body it really doesn’t matter if you’re doing front crawl or breast stroke, you can do it at your own leisurely pace and still keep fit. As swimming is a low impact sport you can do it anytime of the day, even in the heat of the mid-day sun. The Algarve has plenty of safe swimming areas but I would advise you not to swim alone, swim only if the sea is calm and always swim near the coastline. If you don’t fancy swimming in the sea then head to the hotels pool, I have often woke up early on a morning to go for a swim before my husband has even stirred. Even during the day you can still do a few lengths before relaxing back on your sun lounger. I find that as the pools are more accessible I’m more inclined to use them in my fitness routine.

Running is another way to keep fit on holiday, no matter where you go on holiday you will always see people out running especially early on the morning before it gets too hot. The Costa Del Sol is an excellent place to run, not only does running help to release endorphins known as the happy hormones it’s also one of the best ways to burn fat and look great.  Benalmadena has over 20km of coastline, so pop on your running shoes and go explore. A fantastic promenade runs from Benalmadena to Torremolinos and stretches for miles you can literally keep running to the airport. If you don’t fancy running along the prom you can hit the 6km of beach paths and paseos of Fuengirola, running on the beach improves leg strength and balance and is a great way to mix up your running routine, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with an early morning run whilst the sun rises. I will be one of these early morning runners you see, the first things I pack in my suitcase are my running shoes and shorts. Why not give running barefoot on the beach a try, even if it’s only for 10 minutes, you can’t beat the feeling of the sand between your toes.  My advice would be to take a drink with you and keep well hydrated.

When I go on holiday I like to exercise first thing on a morning as I find leaving it till later in the day increases the chance of me finding an excuse not to do it. I always buy myself a new piece of kit as it’s a great way to keep me motivated but always remember to make your exercise fun and don’t beat yourself up if you skip a workout, tomorrow is another day.

Thrifty Brits opt for non-euro hotspots to get more for their money

It isn’t just the price of a holiday that you need to consider when deciding where to go and how to stay.  Costs during your holiday can vary greatly depending on where you head to, so make sure you’re wise to unexpected prices and potential saving opportunities in different destinations.

  • Eating out in France is three times more expensive than Egypt
  • A loaf of bread costs seven times as much in Italy compared to Tunisia
  • Grab a local beer in Bulgaria for half the price of a Spanish or Portuguese ale

Brits are flocking to non-eurozone countries this month to get the best value for their hard earned cash.

We’ve looked at Latedeals.co.uk customer bookings for 2013 and this has revealed bookings to non-euro destinations are up 60 per cent compared to this time last year. While four of the five most popular resorts booked during May were to resorts in Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Bulgaria.

The figures reinforce the trend for UK holidaymakers to favour destinations where they can make their holiday spends stretch further.

To corroborate this, Latedeals.co.uk has compared the average price of four holiday essentials – a meal for two, a bottle of local beer, a small bottle of water and a loaf of bread – from four popular eurozone countries with four non-eurozone countries. And true to form, it’s the holiday hotspots from outside the eurozone that fare better.

A standard three course meal for two in Spain (€40.00) costs twice as much as the same meal in Turkey and Bulgaria (€20.00), while eating out in France and Italy (€45.00) is on average three times more expensive than in Tunisia (€15.50) and Egypt (€16.40).

There are also major disparities with the price of staples such as bread. A loaf of bread in Italy (€1.50) costs over seven times more than a loaf in Tunisia (€0.17). In Spain and Portugal, it costs on average €1, which is around double what you’d pay for a Bulgarian (€0.51) or Turkish (€0.41) loaf.

While the price of a local beer in Spain and Portugal (€2.00) is on a par with Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, Bulgaria is the place for beer drinkers to go with an average price of €1.02. There is also a big difference in bottled water with a small bottle ranging from €0.90 to €1.50 in the four eurozone destinations, compared to only €0.20 in Tunisia rising to €0.51 in Bulgaria.

Eurozone v Non-Eurozone essentials price comparison – all prices in Euros.
Calum Macdonald from Latedeals.co.uk says: “There’s been a significant increase in bookings to non euro destinations this year and value for money remains a key priority. UK holidaymakers are more travel savvy and are not only looking for a great deal, they want their holiday spends to go much further.”

“Countries such BulgariaTurkeyTunisia and Egypt offer great value combined with a perfect mix of scorching sun, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, colourful history and eclectic culture.”