Travelex launches Luxury for Less travel search engine

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 10.53.53 amTravelex has launched the world’s first travel aggregator that looks beyond flights and accommodation to provide holidaymakers with a breakdown of the true cost of a holiday from flights, accommodation, spending money, and currency exchange considerations.

In partnership with Skyscanner, the Luxury for Less by Travelextravel search engine uses hotel and flight data, figures on average spend, and the foreign exchange rates to help Australians book a luxury holiday without the deluxe price tag.

Daniel Simone, head of retail Australia and New Zealand, says: “the travel engine brings together the world’s hottest destinations under one roof to help Australians discover the best luxury locations for less.

Helping travellers make their money go further, the site also provides top travel tips, research and booking tools, and hacks including the best times to fly when considering weather, local events, and currency exchange fluctuations.”

To navigate the site all users have to do is enter their takeoff location, preferred travel dates, budget, and number of travellers and Travelex will do the rest. Inspired Travellers can then book their trip and manage their currency exchange needs through the travel engine.

Australians love to travel abroad with the travel industry experiencing a significant growth over the past five years. This has heightened demand for industry services including online travel booking services.

“As Aussie’s become more comfortable researching and booking travel online, people have become hungry for more easily accessible travel tools and resources,” says Simone.

Travelex asked 2,000 people globally about their favourite jet-setting hot spots to develop the engine and bring users affordable luxury locations.

“From beach getaways to penthouse living to Michelin star meals, luxury means different things to different people. Whether you want to live it up in Thailand or explore the Himalayas, the Luxury for Less travel engine will show you how to have an A-list experience on a budget. The opportunities are endless if you have the right information at your fingertips,” adds Simone.

Top five places to get the most bang for your buck this winter

1. London

From quaint Georgian squares to the beautiful winding alleyways, there’s more to London than Big Ben and The London Eye. This city has such diverse wonders, from Borough Market to the West End theatre district, sat side-by-side with grand architecture old and new, that every trip brings new finds.

  • The foreign exchange rate has fallen by $22.35% in the last 12 months. This means you’ll get $233 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)
  • There are 605 Michelin star restaurants in London (Source: Michelin)
  • The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $7 (Source: Numbeo)

2. Phuket

Thailand’s biggest island is low cost and high in luxury whether you’re in a spa or high-end nightclub. Phuket has some of the world’s best diving spots too.

  • The local currency has fallen by 5.9% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $59 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)
  • The average 5* hotel costs $52 per night (Source: Skyscanner)
  • The average temperature in July is 25°C

3. Bali

Is there a single more idyllic tropical paradise than Bali with its stunning landscape overlooked by volcanoes? The Indonesian Island isn’t just about unforgettable diving sports and dolphin watching, either; its fascinating history and the fine local craft scene are there to be explored.

  • The local currency has fallen by 2.3% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $23 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)
  • The average 5* hotel costs $108 per night (Source: Skyscanner)
  • The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $15.53 (Source: Numbeo)

4. Lisbon

In one reasonably priced package, the Portuguese capital offers a city break, beach holiday and cultural expedition – plus some of Europe’s best seafood.

  • The foreign exchange rate has fallen by 5.47% in the past 12 months. This means you’ll get $43 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)
  • There are 24 Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon (Source: Michelin)
  • The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $3.12 (Source: Numbeo)

5. Prague

The Czech capital offers more for your money than most European cities, but as well as having a thriving nightlife it’s a forgotten cultural delight, with grand churches, the world’s oldest working astronomical clock and the Mozart puppet opera, of course.

  • The average 5* hotel costs $101 per night (Source: Skycanner
  • There are 31 Michelin star restaurants in Prague (Source; Michelin)
  • The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $2.89 (Source: Numbeo)

https://www.travelex.com.au/travelex-hub/travel-inspiration/luxury-for-less

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