Summer is almost within your grasp and escaping the sweltering heat is on the top of our personal to-do list. But if you are feeling the pinch there's no need to abandon your holiday plans. All you have to be is smart and learn how to find the best deals on flights and hotels. With a couple of clicks, you can find the cheapest tickets to everywhere and anywhere.
Skyscanner.ae is a travel search engine that has some good options for holidays that won’t require you to break your bank.
Top tip: Skyscanner’s ‘Search Everywhere’ tool does the hard work for you, scouring the web to find and list all of the destinations you can travel to – rather conveniently, starting with the cheapest. Once you’ve run your search, click on the country name and you'll see a list of cities, starting with the lowest airfare to the highest. With just a couple of clicks, you can find the cheapest air tickets to everywhere and anywhere.
Here’s some of the current deals waiting for you, all for under Dhs1,500 or less…
- Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is a feast for the senses, and a great place to visit for an exciting, culture-filled holiday. Travelling in July is the hottest time of the year but the weather is perfect (around 24°C) as opposed to souring high temperatures in Dubai! You can’t visit Istanbul without stepping foot inside the stunning Hagia Sophia. It was originally a church but was converted to a mosque when Constantinople (as it was known then) was conquered in 1453 by Mehmed the Conqueror. A wonderful mixture of church and mosque features remain, including four minarets that were added after the conversion. It is now one of the most popular attractions in Turkey, and the most popular thing to do in Istanbul. Other places to visit include the Grand Bazaar market, the banks of the Bosphorus, the Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome of Constantinople, an ancient chariot race circuit.
Deal: Return flights start from Dhs1,392 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dhs 732 per night
- Manila, Phillippines
Manila is a good all year round destination with temperatures never dropping below 21°C (70°F). There are also a number of festivals and celebrations taking place throughout the year which are all worth visiting and in the summer there is the wonderful River Festival in July. Fast paced and fun loving, the capital Manila is a bustling mix of the traditional and contemporary. Shopaholics can visit any number of megamalls to get their fill of bargains while impressive museums give a window into the culture of Manila. Manila’s cuisine is as varied as its history with spectacular seafood restaurants and a dim sum heaven to be found in Chinatown. The open friendly locals make Manila one of the most welcoming cities in Asia with a happiness that is genuinely contagious.
Deal: Return flights start from Dhs1,304 per person and you can find a five-star hotel from Dhs 501 per night (based on two people sharing)
- Mombasa, Kenya
Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa is as distinct from Nairobi as Los Angeles is from New York. With a multicultural populace and an economy built on coastal tourism and ship trade, the city challenges all African stereotypes. Warm and tropical, Mombasa’s influences are as Arabic as they are African. Closer to the Seychelles than the Sahara, Mombasa is filled with the seedy coastal charm of a port city. Attractions range from water sports on white sand beaches to souk-like alleyways with Arab-owned curio and textile shops. Visit the 400-year-old Fort Jesus historical museum, toast the sunset with a dawa cocktail upon a traditional dhow sailing ship, or dine on Arab-African fusion cuisine in casual or high-end restaurants at beach resorts north and south of the main city.
Deal: Return flights start from Dhs1,285 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dhs 320 per night (based on two people sharing)
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
The peak season, summer, has arguably the nicest weather with average high temperatures fluttering around 26°C. With top-notch restaurants, two new five-star hotel openings, famous filming locations and island tours available just off the coast, it’s not hard to see why Dubrovnik is growing in popularity. The new James Bond movie was filmed there earlier this year- and it also featured in both the new Star Wars film and the last three series of Game Of Thrones. Ornate arches, baroque splendour and ancient medieval lane give the whole city the feel of a historical drama. Beyond the walls of Dubrovnik lie some of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches, woodland and island scattered seas.
Deal: Return flights start from Dhs1,503 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dhs 410 per night (based on two people sharing)
- Alexandria, Egypt
The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria has a mix of history, coastal charm and bustling city streets. Alexandria offers fascinating insights into its proud Greek past, as well as interesting mosques, some lovely gardens and both modern and traditional hotels. The Alexandrian coastline is dotted with beautiful bays and harbours. The Cornice is a treat during both summer and winter. Starting from Ras El Tin and stretching all the way to Montazah you can enjoy spectacular views of the White Mediterranean.
Deal: Return flights start from Dhs1,346 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dhs 308 per night (based on two people sharing)
TOP SEARCH TIPS
In addition to checking out the interactive search everywhere tool, other top travel hacks include:
- Monitor prices: The best way of getting a good fare is to keep track of the prices by setting up a price alert so that you are notified when prices rise or fall on a specific route.
- Be flexible on the day of travel: You might find it’s significantly cheaper to travel a day before or a day after your original departure dates. It pays to do your research by using Skyscanner’s Month View search tool.
- Mix and match airlines: Fares don’t have to be booked as returns, instead you can save money by flying out with one airline and back with another.
- Best time to book: Select Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah as your departing airport for the most detailed best time to book and see how much you can save if you book at the right time.