The planes to Spain will soon be racing trains
Over two decades ago, those families that couldn't afford to fly had to take the coach for a holiday on the Costa Brava. It. Was. Rubbish. 24 hours trapped in a space not big enough for amateur cat swinging, with kids jacked up on additive-rich cola from Fine Fare.
Of course, now we are rudely spoilt for choice through budget airlines, but there'll soon be another viable alternative - train.
A new high-speed train line that crosses the Pyrenees was officially opened on Sunday, which will lead to a new high-speed route between Paris and Barcelona by early 2013. At that point, the journey will take 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Assuming transfers aren't a complete pain in the backside, then a lesiurely jaunt on the train from London to the Catalan capital would take around eight hours. Improvements to existing high-speed lines in south-west France mean that time will drop to around seven hours by 2020. Of course it'll still be quicker (and probably far cheaper) to fly, but it could provide a perfect alternative that terrified flyers and those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination.