Oct 21 2011 / Destinations // Latest News

Which destination offers the best value for half-term holidays?

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Costa del Sol, Spain

If you’re looking for a last-minute half-term trip but you’re on a bit of a budget, a family holiday to Spain will be easiest on your wallet, according to the latest research by the Post Office. The “Half Term Holiday Costs Barometer” puts holidays to Costa del Sol at the top of the value table for half term family trips.

Comparing 10 typical tourist items for the 12 most popular holiday destinations, the Post Office found the Costa del Sol’s prices were cheapest overall, at just £59.58 while a family meal in the region costs just £42.06 on average.

If you’ve ever considered a holiday in Sharm el Sheikh, it’s a great time to go.  Egypt’s popular seaside resort was the cheapest mid-haul destination, taking third spot overall after Phuket in Thailand. A bottle of beer in Sharm costs just £1.51, less than half the price of a quiet drink in a café in Brighton, UK, which would set you back £3.20.

Naama Bay Sharm el Sheikh

In fourth place, a firm family favourite, Orlando offers great value holidays. With the second lowest-priced family meal at £52.45,  British holidaymakers considering a staycation should note they’ll pay nearly two pounds more in Brighton.

Whales in Orlando

Paphos in Cyprus settles in at fifth position, with the cheapest bottled water at just £0.25. Amazingly, a bottle of cola costs more than a glass of wine, which itself barely puts a dent in your change purse at a very reasonable price of £1.87.

Paphos Cyprus

Holidays to Turkey represent good value in terms of foreign exchange, with the pound able to buy 27% more lira than last year. A coffee or a beer will cost you the same amount, just £1.88 and it’s these reasonable prices which have helped hold the resort of Maramaris in 7th place on the list.

Tasty treats in Turkey

Lovers of African sun can also expect to make savings, with the overall cost of a holiday in Kenya down 7% on last year. Never mind the mosquitoes, the average bottle of insect repellent costs just £0.90 at a tourist supermarket in Mombassa.

Cheetah, safari in Kenya

Make sure you buy some suncream before you head out on holiday in sunny Tenerife as the Spanish island has the second most expensive sun protection in the survey. On the other hand, the 11th placed destination still offers good value overall at a total cost of £110.56 for all items the Post Office considered.

On the beach in Tenerife

The Half Term Holiday Costs Barometer study compared the prices of a cup of coffee, a bottle of local beer, a bottle of Coca-Cola, a glass of wine, a bottle of still mineral water, suncream factor 15, a postcard and stamp to the UK, insect repellent, a packet of cigarettes and a family meal for 2 adults and 2 children, including a bottle of house wine and 2 soft drinks. If you’d like to know more about how the Post Office compared prices, please view the original article here.

What do you think of this study? Does it match your experience? We’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

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