'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket'

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Ben Saunders flew to Spain for a night out (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)
Ben Saunders flew to Spain for a night out (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)

A man decided to fly to Magaluf for a 24 hour party and it cost him less than a UK train ticket. Ben Saunders jetted off to the Spanish Island for a boozy night out for the price of £125 - including flights, a hotel, food and drinks.

The 22-year-old jumped on a plane from Stansted airport, at 12.55pm on July 29 before touching down in Palma de Mallorca Airport a few hours later. Ben, of Fleet, Hampshire, quickly grabbed a McDonald's and checked into his hotel before hitting the bars with pals.

He said: "I have some friends that live there and I flew over to have a night out with them. "My flights out there were only £20 and I found a hotel with breakfast included for £52. After I had landed, I grabbed a free bus to the beach, had a McDonald's for around £10, checked into my hotel and went to the bars. I had a few cocktails and some food which all came to around £25. I had a free breakfast the next morning before exploring some of the island and getting on a flight back to England. It was a really cheap trip."

'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket' eideziqkeiqhhinvBen decided to head out to Spain for a day long party (North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)
'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket'Ben spent £125 on the trip (North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)

The influencer flew back the next day on a £38 flight. It is not the first time that Ben has decided to jet away on a very short holiday. Last month, jetsetter Ben spent £400 flying to Ibiza after work for a night out with his pals - and was back in the office the next day. The agency owner decided to embark on the short trip after looking at expensive UK train prices and realising he could jet off to Spain for a fraction of the price.

He added: "This all came about because I looked at the price of a UK train ticket from one end of the country to another and it was £155, which is madness.

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"I wanted to show young people that the world is their oyster and they can travel wherever they want and can save money doing it. Everything is going up with the cost of living crisis and people don't realise how expensive the UK is compared to other places. You can get a bigger bang for your buck in other places."

'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket'The young jetsetter encouraged others to follow in his footsteps (North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)
'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket'He enjoyed a £4.45 breakfast (North News & Pictures Ltd northnews.co.uk)

While there are plenty of cheap flights out there, climate campaigners have been pushing for people to look at alternative ways to enjoy cheap breaks, especially as air travel is one of the most polluting ways to get about and produces far more global warming causing gases than trains.

Because train travel often takes longer and is more expensive than going via plane, some companies have signed up to a scheme which encourages employees to go via rail by giving them extra time off.

Amy Cameron recently told the Mirror how she convinced her bosses to give her extra days off with pay to travel, after she made use of the Climate Perks scheme.

As she had foregone flights and booked herself onto a train instead, the creative ad agency agreed to extend her holiday with two extra paid days off. The additional leave left the 36-year-old feeling like the extra cash she spent on the train over the cost of a flight was worth it, and not just because it's much better for the environment.

'I went to Magaluf to party for the day - it was cheaper than a UK train ticket'Amy Cameron had her holiday extended by two days (Amy Cameron)

"You can actually enjoy the journey," Amy told The Mirror. "People make the mistake of swapping like for like and try and fire straight down to Barcelona on the train.

"You can do that, but I like to enjoy the journey. [My boyfriend and I] went in the evening from London to Paris, spent a night and had dinner there, and then went from Paris to Barcelona the next day where we had dinner before taking the overnight ferry to Majorca.

"We left on Thursday evening and arrived at 6am on Saturday. It was so nice. We turned the journey into part of the holiday. On the train from Paris to Barcelona we saw all the flamingos in the Camargue. There's also a restaurant car you can sit in."

Alethea Farline

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