What will your holiday really cost?

So you’ve secured some great cheap flights and bagged a bargain on your hotel room, too. But are you sure you know what your holiday will really cost once you add up eating, drinking and all those little extras?

What destinations do you find great value for money? Which destinations do you think are expensive? Let us know in the comments below!

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Holiday budgeting can be tricky (I know it is for me!) but help is at hand. You can now find out what holiday basics like meals and drinks cost in more than 40 destinations worldwide with the 2013 holiday costs barometer.

The barometer is the brainchild of the Post Office, and it tracks the cost of eight top tourist wants, from sunscreen to a glass of wine. It also shows, at a glance, which resorts are cheapest.

While it does confirm a lot that’s common knowledge (the barometer puts Spain at number one among cheapest destinations – and that’s why we Brits love it) but there are some real surprises, too.

The cheapest

Did you know that prices in Turkey have dropped by 16 per cent in the past year? That’s seen Turkey regain its spot in the barometer top 10 as one of the world’s most affordable destinations.

Egyptian prices have also dropped by a whopping 20 per cent. That puts Egypt at number 13 in the barometer table of cheapest resorts (and makes it far less costly than its rival Dubai, which is way down in 37th place.) The barometer also shows that prices have dropped in Spain and Greece.

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The most expensive

The dearest destination on the list is South Korea, where the average cup of coffee or bottle of local beer will set you back £3.40, and a three-course dinner for two (with a bottle of house wine) comes to a breath-taking £122.45. Pricey Australia and New Zealand follow close behind.

The best

If you ask me, the best thing about the barometer table is that I can use it as a list of destinations I can truly afford. It also gives me some real prices to work with when I’m setting my holiday budget.

I only wish that I could visit all of the barometer’s 20 best performers in 2013. Still, they do give me plenty of gorgeous destinations to choose from, including Croatia (still incredibly affordable at number 17), Greece (easy on the pocket at number 14), Cyprus (just a little ahead at number 12) and Portugal (still among the very cheapest at number 7).

What destinations do you find great value for money? Which destinations do you think are expensive? Let us know in the comments below!

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