TUI offers holiday experiences to beat January blues

TUI, a global travel company, has curated a list of the top five experiences for winter sun and city breaks, drawing insights from the trends of 2023.

As January unfolds, an increasing number of people seek reprieve from the winter blues through travel, with popular destinations including Cape Verde, Mexico, and the Canary Islands for those craving winter sun. In addition, a significant number are also looking for city breaks to dynamic locales like Paris, Rome, and Barcelona as people seek exciting experiences this new year.

TUI’s curated list of destinations and experiences include:

* Cape Verde – Sal Island Catamaran Cruise offering boat excursions with a serene catamaran cruise around Sal Island. Bask in the sun as a convivial crew serves drinks, enjoy delectable nibbles, and take a rejuvenating swim in the pristine waters of Monte Leao.

* Barcelona – Private Gaudi Tour offering an immersive experience of history and culture, covering iconic landmarks such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and La Pedrera. The small group setting ensures an intimate exploration of Barcelona’s architectural masterpieces.

* Dubai – Desert Safari & BBQ to escape the January blues by venturing into the desert with a knowledgeable local guide. Concluding the trip with a BBQ dinner at a traditional Arabian camp.

* Paris – Baguette and Eclair Initiation with a French Master Baker with an exclusive National Geographic Day Tour. Join a master Parisian baker in crafting French bread and eclairs, embracing culinary experiences that were a highlight in 2023.

* Tenerife – Siam Park Ticket at Tenerife’s renowned Siam Park, the world’s number one waterpark, to become immersed in the joyous atmosphere of this aquatic wonderland.

Adding to the travel options, TUI introduces the TUI Musement app, now available in various European countries, streamlining the booking process for excursions, activities, and attraction tickets. The TUI Musement App is available for download on Android and iPhone.

While UK customers can still book through the TUI app or the dedicated experiences website, the TUI Musement app ensures instant access to a plethora of excursions, activities, and attraction tickets.

bmi regional in biggest ever January sale, up to 30 percent off on 250,000 seats

UK-based airline, bmi regional, has launched the biggest January sale in its history, offering discounts of up to 30 percent on 250,000 seats across its extensive network.

With a travel window from March 1 to October 26, 2014, the airline is offering service to eight countries across Europe, starting from only £39.99 (one way). The key routes on offer include:

East Midlands/Newcastle  Brussels from £69.99: Visitor friendly, Brussels is a popular destination for weekend getaways. A centre of European culture, Brussels offers much more than the chocolate and beer that it is famous for. Known as ‘the European Village’, Brussels has almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, cheap, easily accessible public transport and hotel accommodation.

Bristol – Frankfurt from £69.99: Germany’s fifth-largest city, Frankfurt is an ideal weekend destination for art lovers. From the Stadel museum’s large old master collection to the tiny Museum of Applied Art, to the Saturday flea market, the city is much more than the financial metropolis for which it is best known.

Bristol – Milan (Malpensa) from £69.99: Financially Italy’s most important city, Milan is a paradise for shopping, football, opera, nightlife and fashion. The city is divided into ultra-modern and breathtakingly ancient – with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage to explore.

Aberdeen – Oslo from £99.99: The world’s winter capital is known for its cross-country ski trails; ice skating and tobogganing for the sporting enthusiast, and offers plenty to entertain those who want to shop, dance, dine or explore its culture.

bmi regional’s Steve Hoy, said: ‘Go ahead – pack what you want – as bags fly free with bmi regional. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks on all flights and, with just a 30-minute check in, you can save both time and money this year!’

The sale runs from January 2, 2014, to midnight of January 19, 2014. Qualifying travel dates are for March 1 to October 26, 2014. All flights in the bmi regional sale have the usual no-cost extra facilities, including: complimentary drinks and snacks on board; 30-minute check in and a 20kg hold baggage allowance.

Increase in holidays bookings to beat January blues

Almost nine million Brits have already booked their main holiday for 2012.

A further 8.9 million have started looking at deals but haven’t booked yet.

Research by Direct Line travel insurance shows that the January sales aren’t just for clothing and home furnishings, with many people in the UK taking advantage of discounts on flights, hotels and package holidays to organise their main holiday early in the year.

Nearly 20 per cent of those who have made plans for their main holiday have already booked either short- or long-haul travel arrangements, while another one in five are still weighing up the deals on offer.

Regionally, people in some areas seem to be either more keen to get away or less keen to spend money on a holiday. Only one in five (20 per cent) Londoners said that they weren’t planning to take a main holiday this year, while nearly half of people in Wales (46 per cent) said they were planning to forgo a main holiday.