Vacationing abroad is proving to be cheaper than staying in the UK in many instances, according to research.
The Office of National Statistics reported trips abroad by Britons dropped 17% in the past year. In their place “staycations” have increased in popularity as UK residents try to save money during the credit crunch.
Flight Centre, however, reports that holidaying in the UK may not be the best deal. Countries such as Spain and Portugal are often cheaper substitutes to staying in the UK as accommodation is inexpensive enough to compensate for the cost of flying.
According to the Flight Centre, a package holiday in the Costa del Sol costs from £255 including seven nights in a hotel, return flights out of Gatwick Airport and eight days’ car hire. A comparable holiday in Devon costs about £450.
Flight Centre UK marketing manager, David Forder, said: “In many cases it can work out significantly cheaper than a holiday at home and gives holidaymakers the chance to experience a new place, people and cultures,” He added: “The warmer climate is also a big bonus.”
Another featured holiday is the beach holiday destination in the Algarve, Portugal. Travel packages start at £255 which also includes flights, car hire and hotel. Flight Centre offers this as an alternative to Cornwall where holidays are priced around £700.
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