I find that multi-centre holidays are a useful way to explore different areas of a large region and they allow me to experience multiple types of holiday all in one (i.e. active, relaxing and a city.)
They’re an emerging trend in the travel industry and I can’t get away from them. Not only because they’re advertised everywhere but because they are so much fun!
The best thing about them is that they curb that “end of holiday” feeling that I hate. You end one stint of the trip and then all of a sudden you get that new hotel, new location, and a new experience feeling all over again!
Just before Christmas I went on a multi-centre trip to South Africa with family. We started off by going to Cape Town to have a nice, relaxing time on the beaches and do some sightseeing. Then we flew to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and hung out with some family friends and from there, we went to the Kruger National Park and drove ourselves around the safari looking for animals. We managed to fit all of this, into just two weeks!
From the UK, these destinations are far-fetched but these kind of holidays aren’t as expensive as you would think. I always find that you can get cheaper deals by being more flexible on accommodation and flights than the “usual” traveler. When I go on a trip like this I feel like I’m getting more for my money as you get multiple locations and experiences all in one.
Another thing that I have done to save money in the past is to use my flight “stop-over” location as part of the holiday and have spent a few nights there before travelling on further afield.
The drawback is the need to do quite a bit of planning and I would recommend booking each component separately to ensure that it is exactly to your taste.
The British Airways website is useful for this as it lets you pick a region and customise your trip. I use Skyscanner to check out flights and flight connections but it can be used to look at hotels too.
Here’s a link to the Kruger National Park (a safari park that I would highly recommend!)