Long Haul Holidays
Escape to far-flung hotspots
Whether you’re seeking winter sunshine on a family holiday to Florida, an all inclusive getaway on the shores of the Caribbean or the chance to explore a new culture in the Far East, it’s so exciting to head further afield on long haul holidays.
It doesn’t matter if you’re already an intrepid globetrotter or are making your first steps outside Europe, you’ve come to the right place. Find inspiration in our range of popular long haul destinations, from glamorous holidays to Dubai to laid-back Thailand escapes.
And when you book with Thomas Cook, we’re here to help with whatever you need - choosing your dream faraway destination (how about Mexico holidays?), deciding which hotel to book or picking the best long haul airline for you. You can even get in touch with us while you’re out there if you need a hand!
So, from our most popular USA holidays to exotic adventures in Singapore or Sri Lanka, you’ll find your perfect long haul holiday right here. Check out our top recommendations below.
From the liveliness of Cancun itself to the more bohemian Tulum, Mexico is the perfect destination for a blissed-out beach break with your significant other. For something truly special, splash out on an all-inclusive holiday resort on the Riviera Maya. Not all that far away from there in Florida, USA, couples can head to the glamorous city of Miami with its fantastic nightlife, enticing Latino food, and hip South Beach. Or, for a more laidback sun-kissed beach break, why not give Fort Lauderdale a try?
Give your kids memories that will last a lifetime and book that long-awaited trip to Orlando on one of our best long haul family holidays. You’d need weeks to pack everything in so take your time and choose your parks wisely to make the most of your break – or better still keep coming back for more! For something a bit different, why not try a Club Med getaway on the white sandy shores of the Dominican Republic or the delights of the culture of the Far East?
Florida is a US state with it all – cities, beaches, nightlife, the world’s best theme parks and fantastic shopping. Inland, you have the world-famous Orlando region complete with Walt Disney World, waterparks, shopping and entertainment. If you're after a different side to the Sunshine State, head to the Keys off the tip of the mainland and the famous Everglades.
Keeping your kids entertained on a long flight can take a lot of forward planning! Of course, we all have our own devices these days but it's a good idea to check what they have on board, too, to help prepare your child for what to expect.
Think about battery life – if you're worried they won't last the long flight, bring a couple of fully-charged battery packs for all the tech you’ll have onboard. Plenty of planes now let you charge with a USB charger but it's always best to have back-ups.
Also, bring your own sleep mask or earplugs. The airline will hand them out but taking some that you know your kids are happy with will make it easier for them to settle down for a nap or some quiet time.
You might want to pack some healthy snacks that will keep hunger pangs at bay between meals but won’t go to waste if they don't get eaten straight away. A few protein bars or flapjacks, for example, or bags of nuts or dried fruits.
Finally, think comfort – what are your kids happy sitting around in for multiple hours? Whether that’s their favourite hoodie or trainers, don’t worry about dressing them to impress when you’re on the flight. And bring an extra layer or two as flights can get chilly and you might not have space for a warming cuddle. A big scarf or a jumper will do the trick.
And finally, check up on all the different long haul airlines we offer for your holiday before you book, so you can pick the best one for you and your family.