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Get more for your money by going long-haul

26 January 2009 10:36

Get more for your money by going long-haul

Holidaymakers who travel further can sometimes get more for their money, according to new research from the Post Office.

It claims that although those heading to European destinations will fail to benefit from sterling against the euro, travellers on long-haul trips may.

In its annual report, What the Pound Buys Abroad, the Post Office found that sterling has actually gained ground over the past year in six of 20 destinations studied.

Theses were all holiday destinations outside of Europe, with South Africa taking the top spot – where UK currency has strengthened almost 15 per cent against the rand in the last 12 months.

Other countries where British holidaymakers can make their pound go further include Hong Kong, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, the US and Dubai.

Helen Warburton, Post Office head of travel, said: "Based on this, Hungary, Turkey and Portugal look to offer the best value in the short haul market while New York and Dubai are good bets for holidaymakers who want to restrict travel time to below eight hours.

"When time is not a concern, South Africa and Jamaica are great value destinations," she added. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18531450-ADNFCR