Save money, go long haul

26 January 2009 10:30

Save money, go long haul

The relatively favourable exchange rate could mean that exotic and faraway holidays are more affordable than ever.

According to the Post Office holiday costs barometer, holidays on the continent are more expensive now that the pound is falling in value, while places like the US offer considerably more deals with a more favourable rate.

Thailand came out as the cheapest of the 16 countries surveyed, with ten common holiday purchases costing £28.58.

A three-course evening meal for two, plus wine, in a local restaurant costs an average £17.64.

Helen Warburton, Post Office head of travel services, said: "Holidaymakers will get excellent value by travelling to long-haul destinations."

The Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer warns travellers to watch their wallets by revealing everyday items and costs which are often overlooked by holidaymakers.

For instance, a bottle of Coca-Cola in Florida costs £1.60 compared to £2.94 in France. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18558222-ADNFCR

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