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BEST-VALUE HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS OF 2015 REVEALED



According to a British Press release, Paphos, Cyprus has been named one of the Worlds best value holiday destinations of 2015. The report focuses on the average cost of various holiday standard purchases including drinks and dining. 
Prague tops the best-value place to visit on holiday this year, according to the latest Post Office Holiday Money Report. The capital of the Czech Republic topped a list of popular destinations.
The Post Office Travel Money survey looks at currency trends over the past 12 months and makes predictions for the year ahead.
To find the best and worst value places to visit for UK holidaymakers, the Post Office analyses the cost of eight typical holiday purchases across 46 destinations and resorts.

These include:

  • a cup of coffee;
  • a bottle of local beer/lager;
  • a bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi;
  • a glass of wine;
  • a 1.5l bottle of mineral water;
  • suncream (200ml SPF 15);
  • a pack of 20 Marlboro Lights cigarettes; and
  • a three-course evening meal for two, with a bottle of house wine.


The typical holiday basket for a UK holidaymaker cost the least in Prague, coming in at a grand total of Pounds 35.29.
In contrast the most expensive destination for UK tourists was China Town, Singapore where the cost of the eight holiday staples came to ?149.65.
Post Office Travel Money says that although sterling has fallen back from the heights it reached in 2014, it remains stronger than 12 months ago against half of its top 40 currencies.
The biggest sterling gains in the last year were found against the Russian ruble (+72.2%), Norwegian krone (+ 15.1%), Swedish krona (+13%), Hungarian forint (+12.7%), Polish zloty (+9%), Czech koruna (+6.7%), Croatian kuna (+6.6%), Japanese yen (+6.3%), Mexican peso (6.1%), Brazilian real (+6%), Bulgarian lev (5.9%) and the euro (+5.7%).

The 10 cheapest destinations

Here are the top ten cheapest destinations according to the Post Office Travel Money survey.

Destination resort/city Total cost of holiday basket (Pounds)
Czech Republic: Prague 35.29
Portugal: Algarve 36.04
Bulgaria: Sunny Beach 36.14
Spain: Costa del Sol 36.80
Bali: Kuta 38.09
Hungary: Budapest 40.87
Greece: Crete 41.74
South Africa: Cape Town 42.96
Cyprus: Paphos 43.71
Turkey: Marmaris 46.15


Data relates to exchange rates on 6th January 2015

As you can see eight out of the 10 cheapest hotspots are located in Europe.
Lower local prices combined with the continued strength of the pound against the euro and other European currencies has helped make these destinations more affordable for UK holidaymakers.
The cost of the eight holiday staples including meals and drinks has fallen in two-thirds of the European countries in the top ten, most dramatically by over 19% in Greek resort Crete (41.74 Pounds) making it 7th cheapest in the survey.
The pound is stronger against 12 out of 13 European currencies. The exception is the Turkish lira, which is 4% stonger than a year ago.
Portugal’s Algarve has taken the runner-up spot for the second year running and remains the best value beach resort. Prices here are now a third lower than five years ago (36.04 Pounds). However, Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach (36.14 Pounds) and Spain’s Costa del Sol (36.80 Pounds) are also good value beach destinations for UK tourists. 
Cyprus makes its first ever top 10 appearance on the back of a 6% fall in local prices in Paphos securing 9th best value destination.
Last year’s best value destination, Kuta in Bali, has dropped to fifth place after a 21% rise in the cost of a holiday basket (38.09 Pounds) and the strength of the pound against European currencies.
However, Bali remains the best value long haul destination for UK travellers, followed by Cape Town in South Africa, the only other non-European destination to make the top 10.
No European resorts ended up in the ten most expensive destinations. However, Sorrento in Italy, which ranked 31st on the holiday costs barometer, remains the priciest European destination (80.50 Pounds), costing over twice as much as the likes of Prague, Algarve, Sunny Beach, Costa del Sol and Kuta.

The 10 most expensive destinations:

Here are the 10 most expensive destinations according to the Post Office Travel Money report.

Destination resort/city Total cost of holiday basket (Pounds)
Singapore: China Town 149.65
Dubai: Jumeirah 144.50
New Zealand: Auckland 126.70
Oman: Muscat 120.13
Antigua: English Harbour 117.39
Barbados: St James 104.59
Australia: Darwin 103.34
Malaysia: Penang 93.32
Canada: Vancouver 91.24
China: Beijing 89.26


Data relates to exchange rates on 6th January 2015
No European resorts ended up in the ten most expensive destinations. However, Sorrento in Italy, which ranked 31st on the holiday costs barometer, remains the priciest European destination (80.50 Pounds), costing over twice as much as the likes of Prague, Algarve, Sunny Beach, Costa del Sol and Kuta.

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