British friends meet in Spain because flights were cheaper than train tickets
When two friends decided to have a last-minute catch-up, they realised it was cheaper to fly 2400 kilometres to Spain rather than take a 320km train journey across England.
Lucy Walker, who lives in Newcastle, had organised to visit her friend in Birmingham but was stunned to find the return trip would cost £105 ($180).
After looking into flights, Walker found that she could get to Malaga for less than £20 return with Ryanair.
The 27-year-old teacher suggested it to her friend, Zara Quli, who found return flights from her home town for £55.59 with Spanish budget airline Vueling.
The pair booked their flights and spent three nights in Spain where they swapped freezing temperatures for 20C weather.
Walker said it was a "kick in the teeth" to make last-minute travel plans in the UK as they "put such a big premium on it".
"There are always these last minute deals for flights and so we just checked for a better deal," she told British tabloid, The Mirror.
The friends spent two nights in Malaga, where a hostel only cost £10 a night. They then travelled to Granada for a night where they paid £11 each for a hotel.
"Everything is cheaper out there, lots of things that add up in the UK, like the transport to get from the airport into the city is just one euro eighty, about £1.50," Walker said.
"It works out a lot cheaper when you go out for a drink too. The law in Granada is they have to bring you tapas when you order drinks.
"It's only about two euros for a bottle of beer which is a lot cheaper than over here and by the time you have had a few drinks and the tapas you are stuffed for the price of one cocktail in London.
"We had a lovely time."