Cheap and cheerful summer holidays for 2017 – Telegraph.co.uk

Planning where to go for a cheap summer break? You might be surprised to learn that long-haul destinations could set you back less than going to Europe.

It is cheaper to go to Orlando, Thailand and to Bali than to Ibiza or Menorca this summer, research by TravelSupermarket found, with searches on the holiday price comparison site showing that a fortnight’s holiday to Phuket in Thailand is a third less than the price of a holiday to Menorca.

Emma Coulthurst, travel expert for TravelSupermarket, said:

“People may think that their holiday budget can only stretch to the Med, that they can’t afford long-haul and that holidays are going to be more expensive this year due to volatile exchange rates. But the reality is holiday package prices are lower this year in some locations and there are bargains to be grabbed, which provide the opportunity to experience long haul lovelies for less”.

Low cost long-haul package deals

Here’s our rundown of some exotic summer destinations which won’t break the bank.

Phuket, Thailand

Fly to Phuket on August 14 for a fortnight, according to TravelSupermarket, bed and breakfast in a four-star hotel for a family of four would costs from as little as £723 each from Manchester airport.

In contrast, if you flew to Menorca for two weeks from the same airport on the same day, the cheapest price available across the market via TravelSupermarket is £958 each.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali is showing the biggest year-on-year holiday price drop on average, with holidays to the island costing around 16% less than they did last year, according to TravelSupermarket.

The cost of living is also cheaper when you get there. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Bali will only cost you around £7-£8 and a pint of local beer about £1.20 to £1.60.

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Orlando, USA

A holiday in the sunshine state for a family of four on a three-star room only basis leaving on August 15 from Heathrow would cost from just £496 per person according to TraveSupermarket, compared to £806 and £740 respectively if you were travelling on the same date to Ibiza or Menorca from London airports.

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Tokyo, Japan

If you’re looking for a long-haul destination where your holiday spending money will stretch furthest once you’re there, Post Office Travel Money claims Tokyo in Japan offers the best value for money.

Its ‘holiday costs barometer’ monitors the price of eight tourist items, including dinner for two with wine, a range of drinks, suncream and insect repellent, and found that these items would cost £53 in Tokyo, compared to £80 if you bought the same items in Sorrento, Italy.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Holidaymakers planning to visit Cape Town in South Africa will find it’s the second-best value long-haul holiday resort after Tokyo, with the average cost for a basket of the same tourist items running to £65.

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Various cities in Mexico

Mexico is another good value long haul destination this summer, with Post Office Travel Money claiming its basket of holiday goods would cost £65 there, compared to £91 in Nice, France. The value of the peso has fallen since the election last November of US President Donald Trump due to his plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico and introduce tariffs on Mexican imports.

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If you’re looking to find an affordable destination no matter the season, read our line-up of the best value holidays after Brexit.

Remember to pack travel insurance

No matter where you decide to go this summer, don’t forget to buy travel insurance when you book your holiday.

Always do plenty of research before buying, and check cover limits carefully, as the very cheapest policies might not provide you with sufficient protection.

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Meeting Mickey Mouse in Orlando or enjoying the sandy beaches of Bali could be cheaper than holidaying in Spain … – Daily Mail

  • Research suggests exotic long-haul holidays not automatically more expensive
  • There have been double-digit price falls on some packages to the US and others
  • A Disney World family holiday could total £2,040 – compared to £3,288 in Ibiza

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Meeting Mickey Mouse in Orlando or enjoying the sandy beaches of Bali could be cheaper than holidaying in Spain this summer.

Research suggests that an exotic long-haul holiday is not automatically more expensive than the usual family break in the Mediterranean.

There have been double-digit price falls on some packages to the US and other distant destinations.

As a result, a family of four staying at a three-star hotel near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, could pay £510 per person in August – a total of £2,040.

Meeting Mickey Mouse in Orlando or enjoying the sandy beaches of Bali could be cheaper than holidaying in Spain this summer

Meeting Mickey Mouse in Orlando or enjoying the sandy beaches of Bali could be cheaper than holidaying in Spain this summer

Meeting Mickey Mouse in Orlando or enjoying the sandy beaches of Bali could be cheaper than holidaying in Spain this summer

In contrast, a holiday in Menorca in a three-star hotel could be £740-a-head – £2,960. And a similar holiday in Ibiza is £822 each – £3,288.

The figures have been compiled by price comparison website TravelSupermarket. Its price data shows a fall in average prices to Orlando of 10 per cent compared to last year, which some analysts say may be in response to a drop in British bookings due to a plunging pound against the dollar. UK bookings to America are down by 6 per cent over the past year compared to the year before.

The cost of holidays to the Indonesian island of Bali have fallen by 16 per cent, which may be related to concerns about terrorism.

In contrast, hotels in more stable Spain have been putting up prices following a rise in demand.

A two-week family holiday for four at a four-star hotel in Denpasar, Bali, departing from Heathrow in August, can be bought for £851 per person – £3,404.

An equivalent holiday in San Antonio, Ibiza, flying from Gatwick, is £930 per head – £3,720.

And a two-week stay for a family at a resort in Son Xoriguer, Menorca, is £936-a-head – £3,744.

There have been double-digit price falls on some packages to the US and other distant destinations

There have been double-digit price falls on some packages to the US and other distant destinations

There have been double-digit price falls on some packages to the US and other distant destinations

Emma Coulthurst, travel expert at TravelSupermarket, said: ‘People may think that their holiday budget can only stretch to the Med, that they can’t afford long-haul and that holidays are going to be more expensive this year due to volatile exchange rates.

‘But the reality is holiday package prices are lower this year in some locations and there are bargains to be grabbed, which provide the opportunity to experience long haul holidays for less.’

She added: ‘The cost of living is also, on the whole, a lot cheaper in places like Bali and Thailand than it is in Spain. A three course meal in Bali or Thailand will only set you back around £7-8 and a pint of local beer about £1.20 to £1.60.’

On the fall in holidaymakers going to the US, she said: ‘Perhaps, the US elections have had some effect. More importantly, the volatile dollar exchange rate will have naturally put people off.’

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It’s cheaper to take the family to Thailand, Bali or Orlando this … – Telegraph.co.uk

If you haven’t yet booked your family’s summer holiday, it’s not too late. But here’s a surprise: a family holiday to Orlando, Thailand or Bali costs less than a trip with the kids to Menorca or Ibiza, new research has shown.

When taking into account flights, hotels of a similar standard, car hire and meals out, these three popular long-haul destinations are all cheaper than the two Balearic islands, according to the price comparison website TravelSupermarket.

A family of four will save around £800 by opting for Phuket rather than Menorca – or £1,240 if they pick Florida over Ibiza. 

Menorca is popular with families with young children - but is it the best option for those on a budget?

Menorca is popular with families with young children – but is it the best option for those on a budget?

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How are exotic holidays cheaper than short-haul trips?

“People may think that their holiday budget can only stretch to the Med, that they can’t afford long-haul, and that holidays are going to be more expensive this year due to volatile exchange rates,” explains Emma Coulthurst, a travel expert for TravelSupermarket.

“But the reality is holiday package prices are lower this year in some locations and there are bargains to be grabbed, which provide the opportunity to experience long-haul for less.”

Bali and Orlando, in particular, have shown the biggest year-on-year price drops, according to TravelSupermarket, with holidays, on average, 16 per cent cheaper to Bali, and 11 per cent cheaper to Orlando, than they were in 2016.

Adding to the affordability of destinations like Thailand and Bali is the far lower cost of living. While the research compared the cost of a three-course meal, you can find far cheaper options – like lunch for £1.50 – in Thailand and Bali than you will in Europe.

Although the pound’s value against the dollar has fallen since the Brexit referendum, eating out, as well as car hire and petrol, remain good value in Florida, Ms Coulthurst adds.

Despite the pound's recent fall in value against the dollar, Orlando remains affordable

Despite the pound’s recent fall in value against the dollar, Orlando remains affordable

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Some of the best deals are to be found from airports outside the capital. A typical holiday to Orlando, for example, flying from Manchester Airport, costs £276 – or 13 per cent – less than a similar trip to Ibiza. Travelsupermarket uncovered an August 15 departure for £574 per person, staying for a fortnight in a three-star hotel. A similar break to Ibiza, leaving on the same day, for the length of time, and also in a three-star hotel, costs £776 per person. 

Thailand is also a good value option. Fly from Manchester to Phuket on August 14, for example, for a fortnight, with bed and breakfast in a four-star hotel, and you’ll pay just £723 per person. If you wish to visit Menorca for two weeks, flying from the same airport on the same day, and in a similar hotel, the cheapest price available is £958 per person, 25 per cent more.

“These long-haul bargains also apply for couples”, notes Ms Coulthurst. “Normally, we’d say to avoid the school holiday dates if you haven’t got children and are going short-haul. However, the cheapest time to go long haul to many destinations, including Thailand and Bali, is May to August.”

Is there a catch?

Summer is the Med’s season to shine, and the Balearics tend to score daily highs of 29C, with 11 hours of sun, and a low chance of rainfall. Bali’s weather report tells a nearly identical story; August is one of the best months to visit Indonesia, as it is the peak of the dry season.

August is one of the best months, weather-wise, to visit Indonesia

August is one of the best months, weather-wise, to visit Indonesia

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Phuket is more of a mixed bag in August: expect brief, heavy showers in the mornings on, with temperatures around 31C. But this is a relatively empty time of year for the island, so you’ll enjoy space on the beach – and good-value dining.

Orlando will be steamier: in July and August, temperatures can top 33C, and some rainfall is likely. However, for families keen on child-focused activities, it’s hard to rival Orlando’s theme parks.

Perhaps the biggest catch is the flight time. While you’ll reach Ibiza or Menorca in two-and-a-half hours, you’ll need nine hours to get to Orlando and 12 hours to fly to Phuket. Flights from London to Bali will include nearly 17 hours in the air – and it won’t be direct. This may rule out long-haul destinations for some families.

So it seems that British holidaymakers are missing a trick

“We see most search for the Canaries, Majorca, the Algarve and the Balearics and Spanish mainland for the summer,” says Ms Coulthurst. “However, it is definitely worth comparing and contrasting what you can get in long-haul destinations and short haul destinations for the same dates, to ensure you get the most value from your holiday money and choose the best holiday for you”.

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Thailand and Orlando cheaper than Ibiza and Menorca this summer – AOL Travel UK

beach in Phuket, Thailand

A summer holiday in Bali, Orlando or Thailand costs less than Ibiza or Menorca, new research has revealed.

Comparing a number of destinations and prices, holiday price comparison site holiday of a lifetime in an exotic location for less than in some of Brits’ Western Med summer favourites.

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Searches on the holiday price comparison site showed that a fortnight’s holiday to Phuket, Thailand costs a third less than two weeks in Menorca. A holiday to Orlando for a family of four from the UK is a whopping £1,240 less (more than a third cheaper) than in Ibiza.

TravelSupermarket price data found that holidays to Bali and Orlando are showing the biggest year on year price drops, with holidays to Bali around16% cheaper, holidays to Orlando an average 11% cheaper.

Orlando, Florida Cityscape

Looking at the destinations that Brits are searching for, Bali has seen a 94% year on year increase in interest, making it a win-win.


Travellers looking to make the most of this research can fly Tuesday 15th August from Heathrow to Orlando for a fortnight on a room-only three-star break from just £496 per person (based on a family of four). In Ibiza or Menorca on the same date, this holiday will cost £806 per person – that’s 62% more expensive. For Bali, the holiday costs £789 per person.

There are also deals available from airports outside the south east, with trips to Orlando from the North West costing 13 per cent cheaper for families than to Ibiza. Fly direct from Manchester to Orlando on 15 August and you’ll pay £574 for a two-week holiday, compared to £776 to Ibiza.

Thailand also offers better value. For example, holidaymakers can fly to Phuket on Monday 14 August for a fortnight, bed and breakfast in a four-star hotel from £723 each from Manchester. Swap the destination for Menorca and the price rises to £958 each.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at sunrise, Bali, Indonesia

While many people think their holiday budget only stretches to the Med, TravelSupermarket’s research shows there are many long-haul bargains to be had – and not just for families as the deals apply to couples.

Emma Coulthurst, travel expert at the company, says: “The cost of living is also a lot cheaper in places like Bali and Thailand than it is in Spain. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Bali or Thailand will only set you back around £7-8 and a pint of local beer about £1.20 to £1.60. So, you can save more when you get there too.”

Best beach holidays for 2017

Best beach holidays for 2017

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Thailand and Orlando cheaper than Ibiza and Menorca this summer – AOL UK

beach in Phuket, Thailand

A summer holiday in Bali, Orlando or Thailand costs less than Ibiza or Menorca, new research has revealed.

Comparing a number of destinations and prices, holiday price comparison site holiday of a lifetime in an exotic location for less than in some of Brits’ Western Med summer favourites.

SEE ALSO: Easy ways to save money on your next holiday booking

SEE ALSO: Holidays of a lifetime under £500

Searches on the holiday price comparison site showed that a fortnight’s holiday to Phuket, Thailand costs a third less than two weeks in Menorca. A holiday to Orlando for a family of four from the UK is a whopping £1,240 less (more than a third cheaper) than in Ibiza.

TravelSupermarket price data found that holidays to Bali and Orlando are showing the biggest year on year price drops, with holidays to Bali around16% cheaper, holidays to Orlando an average 11% cheaper.

Orlando, Florida Cityscape

Looking at the destinations that Brits are searching for, Bali has seen a 94% year on year increase in interest, making it a win-win.


Travellers looking to make the most of this research can fly Tuesday 15th August from Heathrow to Orlando for a fortnight on a room-only three-star break from just £496 per person (based on a family of four). In Ibiza or Menorca on the same date, this holiday will cost £806 per person – that’s 62% more expensive. For Bali, the holiday costs £789 per person.

There are also deals available from airports outside the south east, with trips to Orlando from the North West costing 13 per cent cheaper for families than to Ibiza. Fly direct from Manchester to Orlando on 15 August and you’ll pay £574 for a two-week holiday, compared to £776 to Ibiza.

Thailand also offers better value. For example, holidaymakers can fly to Phuket on Monday 14 August for a fortnight, bed and breakfast in a four-star hotel from £723 each from Manchester. Swap the destination for Menorca and the price rises to £958 each.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at sunrise, Bali, Indonesia

While many people think their holiday budget only stretches to the Med, TravelSupermarket’s research shows there are many long-haul bargains to be had – and not just for families as the deals apply to couples.

Emma Coulthurst, travel expert at the company, says: “The cost of living is also a lot cheaper in places like Bali and Thailand than it is in Spain. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Bali or Thailand will only set you back around £7-8 and a pint of local beer about £1.20 to £1.60. So, you can save more when you get there too.”

Best beach holidays for 2017

Best beach holidays for 2017

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The minor island – Menorca – Good Herald

On the western Mediterranean Sea, there is an archipelago named the Balearic Islands which belongs to Spain. By size, the four largest islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. If you are person who prefers relaxation and beaches, Minorca is definitely your best choice.
The reason why this island is named Menorca or Minorca can be easily seen from its name itself which includes ‘minor’. In fact, this island got this name is simply because the fact that it is smaller that its nearby island Majorca.
Climate in Menorca
Located on the western Mediterranean Sea, weather inside the island is largely influenced by the sea. As a result, Menorca has a classic Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.
In summer, the average temperature is 24ºC while in winter it is around 11ºC. Throughout the whole year, the island enjoys more than 300 days sunshine and as long as 11 hours of sunshine from July to September. The pleasant weather makes Menorca an excellent tourism destination all the year round, but some wise tourists would like to avoid the peak time and choose to come when the island is in a lower-key atmosphere.
The rainfall mainly happens in winter whereas in summers the rainfall could be none.
Besides, Menorca is the wettest and the coolest of the Balearic Islands since it is further north and further out to sea than the other islands.
The island is affected by the well-known “tramuntana”, a prevailing northerly wind that cools the climate especially in the winter and brings the city a nickname ‘windy island’.
What to see on the island
The island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments, namely navetes, taules and talaiots, which speak of a very early prehistoric human activity.
The naveta, meaning small ship, can be date back to the Bronze Age. It is a megalithic chamber tomb made up of medium-sized stones, which is unique to the Balearic island of Minorca. It was built with the cyclopean technique. However, for safety reason, it is not allowed to go inside to have a look or climb on a naveta; The Taula is a T-shaped stone momument; the Talaiots are the Bronze Age megaliths on the islands, the purpose of which might be for defense.
Menorca Airport
Menorca Airport, also called Mahón Airport is the airport serving the island of Menorca. It is located 4.5 km southwest of Mahón which is a municipality and the capital city of the Balearic Island of Minorca. With 48 airlines operating in the airport, Menorca Airport mainly serves four countries which are Spain, Ireland, Britain and Amsterdam.
Car Rental in Menorca
If you don’t have your own yacht, hire a car can enable you to explore the island at your own pace and itinerary. By car, some of the less accessible places of interest become within reach which is apparently advantageous and will make the most of your journey. Car rental companies like CarDelMar, Autos Amigo, Autos Victoria and holiday autos will take care of your need.

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Menorca drowning: Brit tourist dies in tragic accident at popular holiday hotspot – Daily Star

A second person jumped in to help bring the body to shore, where attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Local Police arrived later on the scene but could do nothing to help.

The town of Es Castell and the island of Menorca are extremely popular with British holidaymakers.

Around 500,000 Brits visit the popular Balearic Islands of Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza every year.

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Brit holidaymaker, 58, drowns in Menorca after ‘ignoring warnings not to dive into the sea’ – The Sun

A BRITISH man drowned during a lunchtime dip off the Spanish island of Menorca.

The 58-year-old had been eating with his wife and another couple in the resort of Es Castell.

Local media reports state that the owners of a restaurant he was eating in warned him not to swim

Ambulance near the restaurant where the tragic Brit was having lunch before going for a dip

Having decided he was hot during his meal he dived into the sea to cool off at around 2pm yesterday.

Local media reports the restaurant owner told him swimming was not allowed in the area but he ignored the warnings.

At around 2.35pm someone from a neighbouring restaurant saw a body floating face down around 50 feet from the shore.



He leapt into the water and pulled him into shore where onlookers worked frantically to revive him.

The man has not been named.

The tragedy struck in the Menorcan seaside town of Es Castell at around 2pm yesterday

The tragedy struck in the Menorcan seaside town of Es Castell at around 2pm yesterday

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Brit holidaymaker, 58, drowns in Menorca after ‘ignoring warnings not to dive into the sea’ – The Sun

A BRITISH man drowned during a lunchtime dip off the Spanish island of Menorca.

The 58-year-old had been eating with his wife and another couple in the resort of Es Castell.

Local media reports state that the owners of a restaurant he was eating in warned him not to swim

Ambulance near the restaurant where the tragic Brit was having lunch before going for a dip

Having decided he was hot during his meal he dived into the sea to cool off at around 2pm yesterday.

Local media reports the restaurant owner told him swimming was not allowed in the area but he ignored the warnings.

At around 2.35pm someone from a neighbouring restaurant saw a body floating face down around 50 feet from the shore.



He leapt into the water and pulled him into shore where onlookers worked frantically to revive him.

The man has not been named.

The tragedy struck in the Menorcan seaside town of Es Castell at around 2pm yesterday

The tragedy struck in the Menorcan seaside town of Es Castell at around 2pm yesterday

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