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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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