We’re fond of maps here at Telegraph Travel, and this one is particularly engaging. Enter your location and desired dates and the interactive tool will show you immediately where in the world you can fly to cheapest.
Designed by Singapore studio MIT Senseable City Laboratory, the Escape map processes all the options from two search engines, Skyscanner and Kiwi, before displaying available routes, colour-coded according to price.
Should you wish to go away next weekend, for example (May 10-12), the cheapest flight to the US is currently £357 to New York; the cheapest to Europe is £28 to La Rochelle, France; and the best deal for Asia is a £136 flight to Antalya, Turkey.
Hover your mouse over the destination and it will also tell you which airport serves it, whether or not it’s a direct flight, and what the weather is like. This is not an ad, we promise, we’re just very impressed.
You can also filter the search by popularity, which is calculated by the number of reviews and social media check-ins detected, normalised by the country’s world tourism rank. Less popular destinations on the map include Bergerac in France and Syracuse in North America, for example.
With all this in mind, we’ve highlighted five arguably underrated destinations to which flights are particularly good value at the moment, and why you visit them. Bear in mind that these prices are updated in real time so are subject to change.
Skip Paris, Nice and Bordeaux in favour of vibrant, rugby-loving Perpignan, says our expert Anthony Peregrine. It currently costs £34 for a return flight to what is France’s southernmost and sunniest city.
“Even off-season, it simmers with warmth, loud-flavoured food and wine, rugby and Med culture,” Peregrine writes. “And the whole is shot through with the Catalan contention that every night is worth celebrating.”
It currently costs a mere £38 for a return ticket to Breman, a small medieval city in northwest Germany. Writing fondly of it for Telegraph Travel, John Gimlette describes it thus: “All around us was the gilded flummery of a Golden Age; guildhouses, cloisters, parapets, a riot of heraldry, and a cathedral more than 1,000 years old. Here, too, was Germany’s oldest coffee house, decorated with customers in armour.
“Best of all was the town hall, which presides over Germany’s richest and most socialist city. It’s also the state wine cellar, with more than a mile of racks. Anyone can visit. And for about €10,000 you can sample a flagon from 1653.”
A northern Spanish spot which gets a fraction of the tourists that flock to the likes of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid, and costs only £52 to fly to.
Con Coughlin explains: “This confident, bustling little city – small enough to walk around – became an international art hotspot thanks to Frank Gehry’s titanium masterpiece, the Museo Guggenheim. The less striking Museo de Bellas Artes also houses some of the finest art in Spain.
“The rejuvenated port nestles in the green folds of the Euskadi’s coastal mountains on the Bay of Biscay. Besides the exciting new architecture of Bilbao’s renaissance, there is a beautiful medieval quarter, the Casco Viejo, on the east bank of the Nervión river – the heart of the city.”
Could Georgia be the new Puglia? Our expert Juliet Rix reckons so and with new direct flights launched last year it’s now easier to reach. It’s also remarkably cheap to fly to considering how far away it is: £62 return according to the tool.
Kutaisi, where you’d fly into, is the third largest city in Georgia – an unheralded enclave where tourists can, for example, take a day trip to the Gelati Monastery, a 12th century, Unesco-listed wonder. It’s also one of Europe’s oldest cities; the former capital of the Kingdom of Colchis, an ancient region of the southern Caucasus.
Curiously, the most expensive flight to North America next weekend is to the Texan city of Tyler – a three-stop hop costing £4,190. More reasonable is Asheville, for £569.
Most Britons haven’t heard of it, but the city is increasingly on the radar of Americans looking for a new place to live after it was named among the “Ten most beautiful places” by ABC’s Good Morning America news programme and one of the “25 best places to retire” by CNN.
It lives up to its billing. It is a funky little city that sits against the impressive backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains with a burgeoning homegrown food scene and live music. There is also an abundance of art museums and studios.