• Hannah Stratton

    We get it – the journey’s not the highlight of your holiday. Why bother with the long-haul slog when you could just opt for a short-haul hol instead? Don’t get us wrong – we love a close-to-home gem as much as the next person, but we reckon there are some exotic hotspots that are well worth the long flight. Have a read about our top three…

    Then, take a look at our best long-haul deals.

    1. Florida

    This family holiday heaven serves up more thrill-ready theme parks than you can shake a pair of Mickey Mouse ears at. You’ve got no less than six Disney Parks, as well as three parks courtesy of Universal Resort Orlando. But the fun doesn’t stop there. International Drive’s a winner for shopaholics – get set for supersized malls and foodie favourites. Meanwhile, beach buffs will love Florida’s shores – Clearwater and St Pete beach are often said to be the best in the USA.

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    2. Thailand

    If it’s a dreamy break you’re after, Thailand’s on the case. You can pick between tropical paradise Phuket and Khao Lak with its island-speckled shores. Phuket’s got cotton-white beaches in spades, and there’s one for every type of beach lover. You’ve got stretches like Patong Beach, which takes care of party animals, whereas Bang Tao Beach has peace and quiet covered. Khao Lak, on the other hand, has a coast that’s protected as part of a national park, so everywhere’s super mellow. Island hopping’s a given, too, thanks to the nearby Similan Islands and Surin Islands.

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    3. Mauritius

    Mauritius is a master of all trades when it comes to holidays. For starters, there’s a bunch of impressive, velvet-soft beaches ringed by coral reefs. Belle Mare and Flic en Flac are a couple of the island’s biggest names, but you’ve got under-the-radar gems like Calodyne, too. It’s easy to get back to nature when you stay on this tropical island, too. Leave the beach behind – if you can bear to – and head inland to the Black River Gorges National Park. The Chamarel Waterfall should be on your must-see list, too – here, water plummets from a neck-craning height of 80 metres.

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    Convinced? Check out our long-haul hols.

    Or, discover our best luxury breaks, find out why our family escapes are fab, and have a read of our top holiday hotspots for couples.

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