Have you seen this? “Are budget airlines bad for us?”

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Friend of Stena Line, Mark Smith aka the Man in Seat 61, debates budget air travel with Guardian correspondant Gwyn Topham in this five minute video.

“If you love travel, it isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey too… Budget airlines are superficially convenient and quick… and unfortunately that robs people of all that excitement, and romance, and adventure.”


We agree with Mark that by taking your time to appreciate the journey, you can eliminate so much of the hassle of a seemingly short flight – the added stress, the hidden costs, the baggage restrictions – and in turn recapture the romance of a longer, leisurely journey.

Stena Line offers twice-daily return six-hour crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Fares start from £118 return for an adult and car. Additional adults cost from £24 and children (between four and 15 years old) from £12 return. Infants (under four years old) travel free of charge. Cabins start from £20.50 per person each way (based on two sharing). Rail and sail tickets available from £68 per person return (www.dutchflyer.co.uk).