As the cost-of-living crisis causes heating bills to soar this winter, a retreat to the Canary Islands offers a warmer and cheaper alternative for Irish people this winter
The Canary Islands is one of the UK/Ireland’s favourite winter sun destinations, and this year the archipelago is attracting even more long-stay visitors as they swap skyrocketing energy bills for the islands’ subtropical climate. Depending on when and where you fly from and how long you stay for, after paying for flights to the Canary Islands Irish/UK billpayers can actually save money one their energy costs this winter by staying in the Canary Islands. Reaching highs of 23C in November and December, accommodation in the Canary Islands don’t require central heating this winter.
Cost of Living Crisis
Energy customers in Ireland/UK are facing significant increases in their bills from this month, with providers upping their prices due to the unprecedented challenges facing the industry following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In the UK, annual energy bills for households using a typical amount of gas and electricity have now risen to £2,500, an increase of £500. The UK Government are also planning for the possibility of planned power blackouts to prioritise heating in the event of gas shortages.
While in Ireland, Electric Ireland has increased their prices for the third time in five months, upping residential electricity bills by 26.7% and gas bills by 37.5%. Similarly, Bord Gais Energy has increased its prices for the second time this year, adding an average of €579 to electric bills and €526 to gas bills annually.
Irish/UK people are avoiding the cost of skyrocketing energy bills and enjoying a cheaper cost-of-living by booking long-stay winter breaks to the Canary Islands this season, taking advantage of the year-round good weather, perfect for lounging on the beach, exploring the islands and enjoying the delicious food.
Just over a four-hour flight from the Ireland and the UK, the Canary Islands is the perfect destination for Brits and Irish looking to escape for some well-deserved sun, with a huge amount of self-catering and private villa options available. Several Irish/UK travel agencies are offering great deals on self-catering long-stay breaks to the Canary Islands this winter:
- Cassidy Travel: Dublin – Lanzarote, 14th Nov – 5th Staying in a 1 bedroom apartment, Puerto del Carmen from €860pp, or 2 bedroom apartment from €1,137pp on a self-catering basis.
- Click&Go: Dublin – Tenerife, 2nd Nov – 2nd Staying in studio apartment, Puerto de la Cruz, on a self-catering basis from €967pp.
- Sunway: Dublin – Gran Canaria, 4th Nov – 4th Staying in Heliomar Palmeras apartments, Puerto Rico, on a B&B basis from €1,665.50pp
- Jet2Holidays: London Stanstead – Lanzarote, 4th Nov – 4th Staying in Ereza Los Hibiscos Apartments, Puerto del Carmen on a half board basis from £1,666pp.
- TUI: Manchester – Tenerife, 8th Nov – 29th Staying in Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, all-inclusive from £1,186pp
- First Choice: Bristol – Gran Canaria, 12th Nov – 3rd Staying in Hotel Taurito Princess, Playa Taurito, all-inclusive from £1,801pp.
Remote Working from the Canary Islands
For those that can work remotely, the Canary Islands are among Europe’s best destinations for digital nomads, equipped with everything you need: top-quality broadband, connections to the main airports, a fully compatible time zone and the euro single currency. The Canary Islands also offer a series of tax advantages and benefits that make the archipelago a perfect place for launching new projects and businesses.
The climate, natural surroundings, and the low cost of living is moderate compared to that in cities such as Dublin or London allowing remote workers to save while enjoying all the opportunities available in the Canary Islands.
In addition to the benefits of remote working in the Canary Islands, there is a world of possibilities for things to do after the working day. From water sports like surfing or scuba diving, trying out new experiences in the air with hang gliding, cycling along fantastic trails or much simpler but equally valuable plans, such as a stroll along the seashore on different beaches, taking a trail through the laurisilva or amid volcanic landscapes or just having a drink on the seafront on a starry night.
For more information, please visit www.hellocanaryislands.com