Winter is finally over, and as spring blossoms our thoughts naturally turn to the best season of the year – holiday season. With travel more accessible than ever before, the old adage that the world is our oyster has never been truer. However, financial difficulties across the UK can mean that many of us may be looking for something a little more economical than usual when we plan out trip abroad. With this in mind, the following destinations provide incredible value for money for British holidaymakers, both in terms of getting to the destination, and not breaking the budget once you arrive…
Even though the Pound is still weak against the Euro, Portugal has somehow managed to remain a really competitive player in the tourism market when it comes to offering great value for money, for visitors. As a result of the exchange rates which were at risk of deterring tourists, Portugal has reduced its prices to make sure that goods, services and foods remain great value for money – leading to an almost fifty percent reduction on many tourist amenities and restaurants since this time, last year.
While Prague endures as one of the most popular European holiday destinations for travellers, the Czech Republic still enjoys very cheap prices for visitors. Steering away from the capital means that the savvy spender can have the trip of a lifetime in the smaller cities and towns, enjoying superb scenery, fabulous beer for pennies rather than pounds, and top-quality restaurants at a fraction of the price which you would pay in the UK. This situation won’t last, however, as the country is planning to switch to the Euro next year, so make the most of the price while you still can!
Beautiful Bulgaria is enjoying a growing reputation as one of the friendliest, most picturesque and economical places to visit in Europe. With low prices and fantastic cuisine, a trip to Bulgaria will offer you everything you require from a great trip, without stretching your pennies too far. Meals are extremely cheap, as are drinks, and the prices were recently given the thumbs up by the International Currency Exchange for staying low without compromising on quality.
Sri Lanka may be further afield than your European destinations, but it is doubtless one of the most charming and economical countries you can visit. Gentle welcoming people and outstanding cuisine make this country a real contender for a budget holiday, overshadowing places such as Malaysia and Thailand when it comes to offering value for money. With meals available for less than a pound, it’s probably one of the cheapest long-haul destinations available.
Mexico is the place of the moment for Brits looking for a bargain holiday destination. Setbacks to the tourist industry including the swine flu outbreak in 2009 mean that business has been slow when it comes to the Mexican tourist trade. Because of this, the rate of the Peso fell, and it is still in recovery. This means that visitors get an amazing rate on food, souvenirs, bars and shopping, and it’s fine to haggle with vendors to get the price down even further if you’re in the mood!