• We love a short break as much as the next person. But, sometimes a few days just aren’t enough, which is why you should think about taking some time for your next holiday, and heading off somewhere far flung. And with destinations like tropical Mauritius, nature-filled Vietnam, and surf-perfect Costa Rica up our sleeve, your longer-than-average journey will be absolutely worth it. Keep reading to find out the best long-haul destinations and take a look at our best long-haul deals


    We reckon Vietnam’s heart-shaped Phu Quoc Island is the ideal place to escape to in winter. This place is the epitome of island life, boasting some of the best white-sand beaches in the country. And if exploring is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Phu Quoc Island is covered by more than 31,000 hectares of bright-green forests, mountains, and waterfalls, making it ideal hiking and wildlife-spotting territory.

    • Flight time: 12 hours and 15 minutes from London Gatwick
    • Currency: Vietnamese Dong
    • Time difference: GMT + 7

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    Holidays to Mauritius aren’t just about sun, sea, and sand. Okay, the beaches are show-stopping, but away from the water’s edge, you’ve got sugarcane fields, Instagram-worthy waterfalls, and nature-filled jungles home to mischievous macaque monkeys. And because the island is volcanic, impressive backdrops of jagged, green-cloaked mountains aren’t hard to come by, either.

    • Flight time: 11 hours and 45 minutes from London Gatwick
    • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
    • Time difference: GMT + 4

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    Margaritas, Mayan Ruins, and mariachi bands are just a few things you can expect from a long-haul trip to Mexico. If you’re searching for legendary nightlife, white-sand beaches, and chilled-out vibes, look no further than Cancun, which is set on the Caribbean Coast. Or, make tracks for Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast, which boasts some of the best restaurants in Mexico, action-packed jungles, and easy access to some of the best snorkelling spots in the world. Fantástico.

    • Flight time: From 10 hours and 45 minutes to 12 hours and 15 minutes from London Gatwick
    • Currency: Mexican Peso
    • Time difference: GMT – 6

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    Costa Rica

    Did you know that the best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April?  This place offers a mixture of tropical beaches, towering volcanoes, and thick rainforests, so it’s ideal for adventurous types. Plus, it just so happens to be one of the best places in the world to go surfing, so if you’re looking to try something new, why not grab a board and take to the waves? Psst, we hear Playa de Matapalo is a top choice…

    • Flight time: 11 hours and 30 minutes from London Gatwick
    • Currency: Costa Rican Colon
    • Time difference: GMT – 6

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    Ready to swap rain for a long-haul escape? Browse our First Choice holidays to VietnamMauritius, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

    And, check out where’s hot in November.

    Plus, make sure you keep up to date on our latest travel tips on our First Choice Inspire homepage.