12:43 03 May 2013
But with household finances stretched to the max up and down the country, getting more for their holiday money is the top priority for many families. In fact, recent research by TravelSupermarket showed that a hefty 42% of people consider price as the most important factor when booking a holiday,ahead of both weather and accommodation.
But the good news is that there are plenty of holidays out there that will give you a dose of much- needed sunshine as well as being kind to your pocket.A recent report by the Post Office revealed that prices are tumbling in many popular holiday resorts, meaning that you’ll get more for your money while you’re away.
So, to help you make a cost-conscious decision this summer, here’s a roundup of five value-for-money destinations.
The Algarve in Portugal came up trumps in the Post Office’s recent holiday costs barometer, which looks at the prices of a basket of 10 popular tourist items such as food, drink and sun-cream.
Sunny Albufeira came outas the most cost-effective option in the Post Office’s research, where the price of a three-course meal for two with wine, for example, came out at just £20.56.
Opting for self-catering in a resort such as this would mean you could regularly dine out without worrying about it making too much of a dent in your holiday budget. Items such as sun-cream and insect repellent came in at £8.41 and £4.67 respectively.
But it’s not just your pocket that will benefit from a holiday in Albufeira. With its sun-kissed coastline, miles of sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, it’s a great option for families, couples and singles alike.
So, if Portugal sounds like it could be for you, get ready to snap up a deal. When looking for bargains, we found a seven-night holiday in a four-star hotel (room only), flying from Birmingham on August 30 for just £275 per person.
According to research by TravelSupermarket, flopping on the beach still remains a top priority for Brits this year with 27% saying that this was the type of holiday they were planning as their main break.And, with its abundance of sandy stretches, Spain was chosen as the most popular overseas holiday destination.
The good news for those planning a getaway to the home of flamenco and tapas is that the Costas faired exceptionally well on the Post Office’s holiday costs barometer too. In the last year, for example, prices have plummeted by up to 20% in popular resorts such as the Costa del Sol.
The economy of both Spain and Portugal has taken a battering lately, so the reason for these tumbling prices is due to restaurateurs, bar owners and shops fighting for trade – meaning that holidaymakers reap the benefits.
Enjoying a long cool beer at the pool-side will now set you back just £1.50 in Javea on the Costa Blanca, while you can relax over a three-course meal for two with wine inTorremolinos on the Costa del Sol for a reasonable £28.04.
Holidays here really do have something for everyone. Whether you want to top up your tan on the beach, tee your way around a golf course, explore local history and culture or make a splash with the kids in a waterpark, a holiday on Spain’s sunny coastline is a great all-rounder.
And getting there won’t cost you a fortune, even if you’re travelling during the peak summer season. For example, we found a seven-night holiday to Benidorm leaving Liverpool on July 25 on a self-catering basis for just £343 per person.
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Coming out top in last year’s Post Office barometer, the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach is still riding high, with low resort costs meaning you won’t blow your budget on essentials. For example, a cup of coffee here will set you back just £1.22, and sun-cream will cost you £4.15.
While Bulgaria may have fallen to fourth place since last year, it’s still very cheap in comparison to many other resorts, with only 98p sitting between it and top of the table Albufeira.
Jet off to this holiday destination to enjoy soaring mountains, a dramatic coastline and miles of golden sand. And if you’re prepared to travel out of peak season, you can get some fantastic deals.For example, we found a seven-night break for two adults, flying from London on June 28 and staying on a self-catering basis in Bourgasfor just £299.
While Cyprus may have recently hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, holidaymakers in the know haven‘t been deterred.
With its fantastic climate, vibrant resorts and abundance of history, the country still has a lot to offer holidaymakers of all ages.
Culture vultures will love exploring the resort of Paphos with its charming old town, Tomb of the Kings and Aphrodite’s Rock, and prices here were again found to be reasonable in the Post Office barometer. You could enjoy munching on a mezze in this fishing harbour without your wallet feeling too stretched as a three-course meal with wine for two came in at £35.41.
If you’re itching to get away, there are some great deals waiting to be snapped up. We found a seven-night self-catering holiday in three-star accommodation for two adults, leaving from Luton on May 11 from £190 per person.
East-meets-west in cosmopolitan Turkey , and whether you want to soak up the sun on golden sands, to discover an underwater paradise on an organised dive, or to explore the relics of ancient civilisations, an abundance of options awaits you in this popular holiday destination.
Consider resorts such as vibrant Marmaristo help your holiday budget go further. A three-course meal for two with wine will set you back £32.13 according to the Post Office barometer, while a 1.5 litre bottle of supermarket mineral water will cost you £0.80.
Book your bargain break today by checking out TravelSupermarket. We found a seven-night holiday staying in a three-star self-catering apartment with flights leaving on September 1 from Gatwick for £232.
Top tips for a bargain break
While it’s important to do your research and look into resort costs, there are a number of other factors that you need to take into consideration to make your money go further on holiday. Here are some of our top tips:
What are your tips for having a bargain holiday and which resorts have you found make your money go further? We’d love to hear from you so leave a comment below.
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