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Take a holiday courtesy of HM Revenue & Customs

by 1st Contact | Mar 11, 2015
  • UK taxpayers can expect an average tax rebate of around £1,250 this year and, while investing the money is always a good option, sometimes it’s nice just to spoil yourself. Here are some of our favourite holiday experiences that cost less than your UK tax rebate.

    By boat

    For those who like to travel without the hassle, a cruise is the easiest way to plan a grand adventure and there are a stack of options available.

    From river barges, tall-masted sailing ships, ice-breakers and huge floating liners, there is a cruise option for absolutely everyone.

    Fancy a trip up north to see the Aurora Borealis or island hopping in the Caribbean? A cruise is the best way to see a number of different places in one go, a great introduction to an area of interest and, as a bonus, you only have to unpack once.


    Seven night cruises start at around the £500 mark and there are a host of cruise options for under £1,250.

    By train

    The Trans-Siberian Railway is a 9,289 km network of railways that connects Moscow to the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. It is the longest railway line in the world and the perfect way to see a vast section of Russia.

    The journey can be broken into sections with overnight stays in hotels along the way, so it can last as long as you want it to.

    It’s best to go between May and September to make the most of the good weather.


    The train journey will cost around £470 for 1st class and the flight back to London from Moscow shouldn’t be more than £300, leaving you with more than enough pocket money for the trip. If you don’t mind slumming it in third class you can pick up a ticket for around £170 leaving plenty extra for hotels and sightseeing.

    By plane

    If moving about is not high on your agenda then spending a week immersed in the slow, easy pace of tropical island life is where you want to be.

    There are plenty of all inclusive packages with flights from Manchester or Gatwick to the Caribbean that are well within budget.


    Prices start at around £600 for flights and accommodation, with all inclusive options starting at around £700.

    By automobile

    Well sort of…

    Ever heard of the Mongol Rally? Well, as if driving a beat-up old 1000cc runabout from London to Mongolia wasn’t mad enough, the folks at The Adventurists have come up with an even more ludicrous journey.

    The Rickshaw Run is a 3,500km race across the length of India in a 145.45cc rickshaw and it’s not for the faint-hearted.

    If you can convince two mates to spend three weeks braving all that India has to offer then this mad journey is, in our opinion, the best and worst way to spend your tax refund.


    Your tax rebate should just cover it. Split three ways, the cost of entry, which includes one totally awesome rickshaw, is £531 and flights will set you back around £600 if you book early enough. Fuel should cost around £80 and everything else you spend will depend on your desire and willingness to rough it. You can get by on very little in India if you don’t mind eating like the locals and camping outside of towns.

    The new tax year is starting on 6 April and it’s the perfect time to claim back the money you’re owed by HMRC. Contact us to get the ball rolling.

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