Modern day life can be extremely stressful and in this current economic climate it is even more so. People need to get away to unwind and recharge their batteries.

The problem, of course, is can they still afford the type of holidays they are used to? It doesn’t matter what that was, it still costs a lot of money.

Of course, travel can be lower in cost than it was a year ago. This is partly due to the exchange rates for different countries. By the same token, if you live in an area where the currency has weakened your costs for an overseas holiday will have increased.

The UK now gives greater value for your money than previously. UK travel agents report bookings up significantly for this current year, both for visitors and for the Brits taking holidays at home rather than traveling abroad.

It means the UK is a more attractive destination for many people but will they get the sort of holiday they are looking for and used to?

The thing the Brits talk about the most is probably the weather. It is so changeable there is always something to say about it. For a very few weeks of the year you may get really lovely weather. The problem is trying to decide in advance when that will be. One summer August may have a heatwave, the following it could be cold enough for greatcoats.

Generally, when you go on holiday, you want the weather to be good enough to be able to relax in but not energy draining. For example, you could expect plenty of sun and sand in the Sahara but it is not recommended as a holiday resort. You could want snow and ice for skiing but neither of the poles are likely to provide the sort of holiday you want.

Can one still have a memorable holiday, in luxury surroundings, with all the amenities possible from golf to spas, water sports to shopping, sand, sea and cool drinks available, without it costing a fortune?

Fortunately, the answer is YES.

One travel group has been providing luxury holidays at greatly reduced prices for over 20 years. You needed to join their network in order to participate but the savings made will cover that cost after just two or three weeks of holiday.

Originally, you could only join this group by invitation but recently this has been opened up to anybody. It is still not generally advertised and relies on word of mouth but you no longer have to go to a presentation with high pressure techniques similar to Time Share presentations.

The cost of joining is far less than buying a Time Share and you have a choice of over 5000 locations around the world instead of just one. With no annual fees required or maintenance costs, the savings can be spectacular.