The cheapest holiday destinations in 2013

Rebecca Rutt
by Lovemoney Staff Rebecca Rutt on 18 January 2013  |  Comments 6 comments

Falling prices mean Spain is the cheapest holiday destination this year.

The cheapest holiday destinations in 2013

Spain and Sri Lanka have come out joint top as the cheapest destinations this year in the seventh annual Post Office Holiday Money Report.

The price of eight items, including a three-course meal for two, sun cream and a cup of coffee, came in at £36.14 for both, well under half what you’d pay in the most expensive destinations.

While you’re likely to spend around the same amount in each country, as flights are a lot cheaper to Spain it is the top destination for bargain hunters.

Price cuts in the Costas helped Spain win the top spot, while Sri Lanka made the grade because the Sterling exchange rate is now 16% stronger than a year ago.

On the other end of the scale, Seoul is the most expensive location with the same basket of goods coming in at £146.93, followed by Darwin at £145.28 and Auckland at £127.67.

Top bargain resorts

To compare prices of resorts around the world, the Post Office looked at the cost of the following eight items:

  • Cup of coffee
  • Bottle of beer
  • Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi
  • Glass of wine
  • 1.5l bottle of water
  • Suncream (200ml)
  • Pack of 20 Marlboro Lights cigarettes
  • Three-course evening meal for two, with a bottle of house wine

The 10 cheapest holiday resorts

Country/Resort

Total price of eight holiday items

Spain: Costa del Sol

£36.14

Sri Lanka: South West

£36.14

Czech Republic: Prague

£39.17

Indonesia: Bali

£40.47

Vietnam: Hoi An

£43.20

Bulgaria: Sunny Beach

£45.10

Portugal: Algave

£45.54

Mexico: Cancun

£48.93

Hungary: Budapest

£51.45

Turkey: Marmaris

£52.89

The 10 most expensive holiday resorts

Country/Resort

Total price of eight holiday items

St Lucia: Rodney Bay

£93.96

Jamaica: Various locations

£97.59

Singaopore: Central

£99.03

Mauritius: Grand Baie

£99.09

Dubai: Jumeirah Beach

£101.69

Canada: Calgary

£110.27

China: Beijing

£116.45

New Zealand: Auckland

£127.67

Australia: Darwin

£145.28

South Korea: Seoul

£146.93

The results show a big difference between those countries at either end of the scale. For example, it would cost an extra £110 for the same group of items if you were in Seoul instead of Spain.

But you also need to take into account transport. Flight costs to long-haul destinations will always be more expensive so therefore European countries will be cheaper.

However, when looking at Eurozone countries, there’s quite a difference in prices. Spain, for example, has seen a fall of 50% in eating out in the past five years.

In Greece it’s now 40% cheaper for a hotel room and 18% cheaper to stay at a resort. However, in Sorrento in Italy, prices rose 6% making the country 50% more expensive than Greece.

The hot list of 2013

The Post Office has also picked out ten destinations which it predicts will be very popular this year. Turkey has returned to this list for the first since time since 2008 after food prices in Marmaris fell 22%.

Sales of the Croatian currency Kuna have doubled in five years, as it becomes a more popular holiday destination. Sales have also shot up for Peso as more tourists flock to Mexico - it’s become one of the fastest growing currencies of the past decade, according to Post Office sales.

Vietnam is also included with sales of the Vietnamese Dong shooting up by 51% in the past year as a reaction to the introduction of direct flights from the UK.

The hot list of countries is as follows:

  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Eastern European cities
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

How to get the cheapest holiday money

If you’re already planning your summer break, or perhaps escaping the cold in search of winter sun, it’s important to avoid getting ripped-off when you exchange money.

There are numerous places to do this, but the prices vary wildly. Our article on how to avoid getting ripped-off when exchanging money explains in detail the best way to get your foreign currency.

More on travel:

The best websites for bargain holidays

How to get top travel insurance for your holiday

Last-minute travel apps to save you money

How to get a bargain hotel room

Why it's now cheaper to fly to New York from Northern Ireland

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Comments (6)

  • topstar74
    Love rating 7
    topstar74 said

    Not sure it is just race. I think they have just turned into complete xenophobists, arresting anyone who cannot speak Greek. In September last year, my Spanish colleague (with Greek girlfriend!) was also harassed and handcuffed! He is ethnic Spanish, fair skin, almost blonde hair. His girfriend had gone into a shop to buy something and he continued walking to the end of the street where he said he would wait for her, because he wanted to photograph a fountain. The crazy Greek cops saw him, arrested him and dragged him to a place where they had some more people standing behind several police. The more he protested, the more violent they got. He could not look anything other than a tourist, with rucksack and camera dangling from his neck. He had bruises to his arms from the rough handling. Girlfriend came out of the shop and was shocked to see the drama at the end of the street. Fortunately for him, she was Greek! She explained to the police. Obviously there were no apologies, but he was quickly released, and chastisized for not being with his girfriend at all times!!!! He said they were stressed but also laughed a lot about it later. Later on I read an article in the BBC about similar treatment to several foreigners with dark skin. However, my colleague is fair skinned!

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  • nickpike
    Love rating 308
    nickpike said

    Best stay at home, eh?

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