Adding a stopover can be a great way to break up a long journey, get out of that tiny aeroplane seat and explore a new city.

Long-haul flights are a necessary part of the jet setter lifestyle, but they also present the perfect excuse to extend your trip by a couple of days! 

Modern air travel permits cheap fares to various countries, but it’s a little known secret that adding a stopover and sticking around in the location of your layover for a couple of days can actually reduce the cost of your flight compared to flying direct. This means that, contrary to popular opinion, adding a stopover doesn’t always have to make flights more expensive.

So, if you’re thinking about extending your trip, why not book in for a long stopover and take the chance to explore a new city? Let's take a look at some popular stopover destinations.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Home to some of the world’s most luxurious airlines, the United Arab Emirates have become the gateway for Australians travelling to Europe. With humble beginnings as a small Arabian trading port, Dubai has exploded into a vibrant metropolis where the stunning beaches meet the hustle and bustle of a major city. It’s no wonder Dubai is set to welcome a record-breaking 20 million visitors in 2020.

Explore and restore

If you’re looking for a day of pampering, float down to the Talise Spa. Situated in the elegant Madinat Jumeirah, the Talise Spa is the perfect place to escape the rush of the city and bask in the tranquil spa atmosphere while enjoying a massage or sampling their range of spa treatments.

After hours on a plane, you’re bound to want to stretch your legs! Go for a stroll and take in the outstanding architecture for which Dubai has become renowned. Towering above the rest, and holding the record of the world’s tallest building, the Burj-Khalifa reaches a dizzying 829 metres and offers dazzling views of the Dubai cityscape day and night!


As the home to mega-tall skyscrapers, pioneering sustainability technology and a famously clean subway (who knew that existed?!), a stopover in Singapore is like taking a step into the future. From the intricate street art, to the beauty of the botanical gardens, Singapore has something for everyone. Stats show that the average tourist stays here for 4.5 days which leaves plenty of time to wander around and soak up the unique energy of this city.

Michelin star street food

Singapore is a cultural melting pot, and as a result, boasts some of the world’s most diverse cuisine. From China Town to Little India, the city is buzzing with bars and restaurants, but it’s the hidden gems that form the culinary backbone of this city. A signature spot on the Singapore street food scene is the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle food stall. Based in a local market, this small food stand made waves in the culinary world in 2016 for becoming the world’s first street vendor to be awarded a Michelin Star. A word of advice, don’t turn up hungry! Avid foodies have been known to ensure a two-hour queue to get their hands on the signature Chicken Rice dish!

Auckland, New Zealand

If you’re travelling from Australia to the Americas, take the chance to stopover in Auckland. New Zealand is famously great for outdoorsy folk with breathtaking hiking trails for all abilities, and spectacular mountainous vistas that look like something out of a film set. With cheap flights direct to Auckland and less than four hours from Melbourne, it’s never been easier to enjoy the laid-back vibe of Auckland before your flight to your next location.

Embrace the great outdoors

Famously home to areas of outstanding natural beauty, New Zealand has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor activities. If you have a couple of days in Auckland take a ferry out to Waiheke Island. Framed by stunning white beaches and home to a warmer microclimate, Waiheke Island is only 35 minutes from Auckland by local ferry and is home to a host of vineyards! A winery tour around this island makes for the perfect day trip, that can even get you back in time for your next flight.

If you’re looking for cheap flights to embark on your next adventure, why not tick off another country from your bucket list by adding a stopover? With a whole host of cheap fares to destinations around the world, Aunt Betty can take your trip to the next level!