Indirect flights were one of the best kept travel secrets of the frequent world traveller, but they have now also become a mainstream strategy for any savvy holidaymaker.
It’s easy to see why. While it may take time and effort to find them, the rewards can be considerable. Saving money may be the main reason that some people opt for an indirect flight, but there are a myriad of benefits associated with indirect travel.
The number one cited reason why people opt for an indirect flight is to save money. Even though worldwide flights are significantly cheaper than they once were, booking an indirect flight can still save you hundreds of pounds, if you’re willing to put a little effort into find them.
This is money that you can use towards enjoying your holiday that little more, whether it’s taking a life-changing day trip, treating your other half to a meal in a luxurious setting, or treating the kids to a day out that they will cherish forever.
Long haul flights can be tiresome at the best of times, but if you’re looking at a jaunt from London to Sydney, for example, breaking up your flight with a stopover in an exotic Asian location could add an extra unforgettable experience to your trip.
While some flights may only allow for a stopover of a few hours, only enough time to wander around the airport and take in a meal, increasingly many airlines offer the option for a half day stopover, or more. This gives you more than enough time to take the train into such exotic city-centre locations as downtown Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore, if you’re taking the London to Sydney flight.
While you may not have time to fully explore the city, the enforced stopover will at least give you an insight into local culture and a chance to sample the local cuisine. This is a priceless experience and could whet the appetite for a more comprehensive trip next time you travel.
Relax and unwind
Many of the exotic locales that are frequent stopover locations for indirect flights also have rather remarkable airports in their own right. While a good meal and a drink may be all that’s on your mind, many of these airports, especially in Asian countries, also offer travellers access to relaxing massage therapies, or comfy seats, to help relieve back pain.
In addition, these spacious airports offer an opportunity for accompanying children to stretch their legs a little on what can sometimes be a long and arduous trip. Once you have had a chance to unwind, taking a saunter around the shopping centres of these exotic airports can be an experience in its own right, as well as providing you with the opportunity to make any last minute purchases, at greatly discounted rates, in Duty Free.