Anew programme just announced by British Airways makes it cheaper than ever to see Europe through a series of day trips rather than taking several weeks of valuable holiday time. The cheaper fares are to destinations the traveller would fly to and back from on the same day. They include places like Dublin, Munich, Rome, Edinburgh, etc.
The Telegraph reports fares ranging from £79 to £99 direct from Heathrow airport to your European destinations. They make a day trip to one of Europe’s major cities as affordable as attending a sporting event or driving to the coast and back. Travellers looking for an inexpensive way to see Europe’s most historical and beautiful cities might want to look into these reduced airfares. British Airways has not said how long the prices will last.
There is one catch that consumers need to be aware of: the reduced fare prices are only good on Saturdays and Sundays for travellers with no more than standard hand luggage. Regular rates apply for the rest of the week and for travel involving multiple pieces of luggage. If you are interested in other carriers, The Telegraph says there are a number of additional airlines offering very competitive day trip prices.
As attractive as the low air fares might be, you have to be prepared to make the most of your time in whatever city you are visiting. Therefore, it is a wise idea to do whatever is necessary to make sure getting from here to there is hassle-free. We have a couple of suggestions, beginning with making sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time to depart.
Second, make sure you are fully aware of the list of approved items allowed in your hand luggage. For example, there are specific restrictions on the types and quantities of liquids you are allowed to take on board. Not adhering to those restrictions will slow down your progress through security and potentially cause you to miss your flight.
Third, smokers should know what the regulations are regarding smoking and vaping (using an e-cigarette). Smoking is not allowed anywhere in Heathrow or on any fight within Europe. Vaping is allowed in designated areas at the airport; you will have to check with your airline to find out if vaping is allowed on board.
Along those same lines, electronic cigarette users should make sure they carry with them a replacement battery and a spare cartomiser or two in order to get through the day. A VAPESTICK electronic cigarette with a portable charger case is a great way to accomplish this. You can find out more about them by visiting their website.
Lastly, you will find it easier to get back to the airport at the end of the day if you plan your itinerary to move in a circle. In other words, when you arrive in your destination city, move outward toward the furthest point of your itinerary so that you reach that point halfway through your day. Then double back and see those things you wanted to see between your furthest point and the airport. This will allow you to maximise your time while minimising the risk of missing your departing flight.
Embrace Being a Tourist
The opportunity to take short day trips to some of Europe’s most exciting cities is an opportunity for you to forget about the daily routine for a while and embrace being a tourist. It is an opportunity to be awestruck by majestic architecture, filled with wonder by the beauties of nature, and learn and grow from the experience of meeting new people. There is nothing quite like it if you are willing to just let yourself go.
The truth is that there are many great places to visit without having to go overseas. Yes, those faraway destinations can be grandiose and awe-inspiring in their own right. But save those for your annual holiday during the summer months. The rest of the year, take the time to see what Europe has to offer. There are many things you have probably never seen, heard or experienced right here in your own back yard.
If you would like to know more about the British Airways reduced fares for day trips, you can always look them up on their website or call them on the phone. There is also the option of checking out one of the many independent booking sites where you can compare fares from multiple airlines. Good luck and bon voyage!