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Cheaper to fly to Rome than to drive to Scotland

25 January 2011 09:30

Cheaper to fly to Rome than to drive to Scotland

People who have holidayed at home for the past few years may look to travel further afield this year. With a return journey from London to Scotland costing in the region of £150 in fuel* it's cheaper to fly from London Stansted to Rome**.

Money conscious travellers will be weighing up the options this year when it comes to booking their holiday. For many people the 'staycation' may no longer be an option due to the increased cost of fuel Airlines and tour operators will be looking to attract those people by offering cheap flights and package deals to tempt people abroad for their holiday.

Travel Insurance specialist, World First Travel Insurance, has seen an increase in people taking out travel insurance during January. They have reported that more people have taken out cheap annual travel insurance than this time last year and they suggest that this may be because people are looking to keep their options open for the year ahead when it comes to their travel plans.

Martin Rothwell, Managing Partner of World First Travel Insurance said: "During the first few weeks of January we have seen a sharp increase in the number of people buying travel insurance. Some people have already planned and booked a holiday, whereas many others are choosing to take out an annual policy so they have cover as and when they decide to travel.

"We have spoken to customers who have not been abroad for a number of years but who have decided that it's cheaper to go abroad than drive to popular destinations within the UK this year. The increased cost of fuel may well have a big impact upon the UK tourism market as people find cheaper alternatives abroad."

For the moment the airlines and tour operators are doing all they can to promote cheap deals and offers to encourage people to book holidays. It may well only be a matter of time before the airlines themselves are forced to increase their prices in response to their own increased fuel costs.

As every increase in cost is likely to be noticed and have an impact on booking decisions, for both UK and overseas holidays in 2011, savvy travellers may well be able to seek out a bargain break during the next few months. As holiday companies compete to get customers at a time when cost plays an ever more important factor in holiday booking patterns it is likely, that with a bit of research, people will be able to find some great deals.

*Based on calculations of a 916 mile round trip in a Ford Mondeo (1.8) with 36.8mpg and fuel at a cost of £1.33per litre.

**Based on flights with Ryanair, departing 08/02/2011 06:10hrs London-Stansted - Rome (Ciampino), returning 15/02/2011 06:35hrs Rome (Ciampino) - London-Stansted for £49.30 GBP