Top retail experiences abroad
Blow the budget
For every traveller who sees haggling as an integral part of any good holiday there are many more who would happily swaddle their first born in giftwrap and hand them to the next passer-by if it meant they never had to play the bargaining game again.
If you don’t believe that three hours of negotiation is a small price to pay for a 50p reduction, help has arrived in the glamorous shape of Laetitia Trouillet.
She offers personal shopping tours of Marrakech and promises to take the sweat out of the city’s souks, fashion stores and craft shops, for around £140 per day for two people, including transport (00 212 61 477 228; www.lalla.fr).
For accommodation, try Riad Ariha, in the medina. Doubles start from around £50 per night, B&B (00 212 24 37 58 50; www.riadariha.com).
On a shoestring
Looking for low prices and Swedish style?
Forget Ikea and head east to Ullared, around 90 minutes’ drive south of Gothenburg.
This small village may be surrounded by pretty Swedish countryside, but there’s nothing rustic about the local shops.
It's home to several discount stores, the largest and most famous of them is Gekås, which is so popular that it has a note on the door warning that only 2000 people are allowed in at any one time.
Whether you’re in the market for bargain ski gear, golf clubs, candles or giant packs of peanuts, chances are you’ll find it here.
You can even pitch a tent at the adjacent campsite for £8 a night, or rent a self-catering cabin from £35 per night (00 46 346 375 01; firstname.lastname@example.org). If you can drag yourself away from the tills, it’s also a great area for swimming and hiking.