Great destinations for working holidays

An estimated 60% of adults were initially forced to work from home during the pandemic, which has resulted in 4.3 million employees now having flexible working contracts, as many of us simply didn’t realise that we would be able to do our jobs from home.Workers have more flexibility with where they work, much more than simply deciding whether they want to work in the office or from their kitchen table, as there’s been an upsurge of people taking their work abroad and taking on the “half tourist” way of life.

As 39% of UK workers recently revealed they had worked while on a holiday abroad in 2022, and searches for “working holiday” have seen an enormous 253.8% uplift in the last month alone, Wizz Air reveals the best destinations for working holidays. 

By analysing the average cost of renting a one-bedroom space in popular cities for a month, broadband speeds and the average spending cost of the location.

Cyprus

Famed for its pristine white sand beaches, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influenced cuisine and historical sites, Cyprus is truly a mecca which offers something for every type of worker. Spend your working day basking in the sunshine while replying to those important emails (somehow emails are much more manageable when your immediate view is turquoise waters caressing a stunning beach!) and unwind in the evening with a meze, paired with sweet Cypriot wine. 

For culture vultures, spend time exploring the ancient ruins on the island, from the birthplace of Aphrodite to the amphitheatre and Roman baths. Those who need more of a release from a busy day at work can spend an adrenaline-filled evening parasailing, waterskiing and sea kayaking, with many operators offering incredible night sea kayaking opportunities. 

Hotel roomaverage £31 per night

Average broadband speed – 88.87 Mbps

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Leisure Travellers prioritise cost over brand loyalty

The survey revealed a travel scape of cost-conscious bookers, many who are looking to aggregate sites for booking, despite claiming loyalties to hotel groups, airlines, and cruise lines. The search bar reigns supreme in the digital experience and travellers look to book accommodation and activities on as few sites as possible.

When asked for the most common reason they’d book outside of loyalty, 58 per cent of respondents named price. Most travellers said that as little as a £100 price difference between their loyalty brand and another brand would drive them to book with the other brand. Even the majority of people who said their travel persona was ‘Lover of Luxury’ will still book outside of loyalty if the price difference reaches £100.

Nearly 20 per cent of respondents drew a hard line and said cost rules all and would never book the more expensive, brand-loyal option. The survey revealed that brand familiarity and the ability to earn points are the two most common reasons that travellers would consider a slightly more expensive, brand-loyal choice.

The survey revealed that 56 per cent of travellers prefer the simplicity of booking everything on as few sites as possible (restaurants, hotels, activities, flights, rental car, etc). People booking flights and cruises were evenly split in their preference for using an aggregate site versus going directly to a brand’s website. Hotel room bookers were slightly skewed towards booking on a site like Expedia or Kayak, with 53 per cent preferring to book on an aggregate site.

Other key findings in the survey include:

  • Loyalty was stronger among respondents between 18 and 34 years old. The majority identified airlines that they were loyal to, with only about 20 per cent saying that they’re not loyal to any airline compared to more than a
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How to book a flight that (likely) won’t get canceled

(NerdWallet) – Flight delays and cancellations are uncomfortably frequent right now. In fact, the on-time arrivals rate thus far in 2022 among U.S. airports hasn’t been this low since 2014, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

For the period between January and April 2022, just 76% of nonstop, domestic flights arrived on time, according to the BTS. Meanwhile, about 20% of flights were delayed (also a high not seen since 2014) and 4% were canceled completely. For context, 87% of flights arrived on time during the same period last year, and less than 2% of flights were canceled.

So how do you improve your odds of traveling on one of the three-quarters of flights that arrives in good time? And how have flight delays and cancelations become so prevalent?

Why are so many flights being canceled?

There are several reasons flights are being canceled, and there’s currently a lot of finger-pointing, too.

Contributing factors include:

  • Airline issues, like not having enough staff. Mechanical issues and delays may be compounded by staffing shortages.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is also experiencing staffing issues. While a shortage isn’t to blame, the agency is still managing backups in training new air traffic controllers quickly enough. National Aviation System delays, such as heavy traffic volume or air traffic control challenges, account for about 5% of delays.
  • Weather. This issue is minor; weather delays have accounted for less than 1% of late arrivals so far this year.
  • Increased travel demand. If one aircraft previously flew two flights a day with a six-hour buffer between flights, the second flight wouldn’t be impacted, even if the first flight was delayed three hours. Now, if that same aircraft has increased its flight numbers to three a day with less downtime, even a short delay can severely
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