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Sunny Beach in Bulgaria is the holiday hotspot where your spending money will go further this year, followed by Marmaris in Turkey and the Algarve, according to the Post Office’s latest Holiday Costs Barometer.

It found that an essential basket of 8 items, including meals, drinks and sunscreen, cost about half as much in these resorts as in other popular places in the Med.

Last week I wrote that La Palma in the Canary Islands was the cheapest destination for flight and accommodation packages, according to online travel agent On the Beach, followed by Costa Calida and the Costa Brava on mainland Spain, with the Greek island of Kefalonia in fourth place. Combining the data of these two surveys, it seems likely that those looking for all-inclusive packages might be better off choosing La Palma or mainland Spain, while those looking for a self-catering holiday will save money switching to Bulgaria, Turkey or the Algarve.

For those of you who were shocked to find high prices in holiday resorts last summer, due largely to the sudden fall in the value of the pound following the EU referendum, there is some good news. The Post Office Holiday Money Barometer says prices have fallen by as much as 21% in almost half of the resorts and cities it surveyed, including at six major holiday destinations in Europe. In Turkey, prices have fallen more than 18%, it said, however, Bulgaria, where prices have dropped 5%, is the cheapest overall.

In Malta, prices are down 9%, they’ve dropped almost 14% in France and nearly 8% in Corfu. However, in Sorrento in Italy prices are UP a whopping 30%, making it almost twice as expensive as Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, Marmaris in Turkey, the Algarve and the Costa del Sol.

If you’re thinking of taking a long-haul holiday this year, Cape Town is the cheapest destination in the Post Office survey following a 9% drop in the cost of living. However in Tokyo, prices are up almost 30%, although they’re still 5% cheaper than in 2016.

Mombasa in Kenya and Bali in Indonesia made it into the top 10 best value destinations this year following big price drops. Abu Dhabi in the Middle East and Mahe in the Seychelles were the two most expensive destinations in the survey.

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POST OFFICE TRAVEL MONEY

WORLDWIDE HOLIDAY COSTS BAROMETER 2019Price breakdown by country and resort area

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BULGARIA Sunny Beach

TURKEY Marmaris

PORTUGAL Algarve

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

SPAIN
Costa del Sol

JAPAN Tokyo

KENYA Mombasa

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£0.74

£0.96

£0.64

£1.15

£1.19

£1.57

£1.25

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£0.59

£2.41

£1.01

£1.43

£1.84

£0.76

£2.08

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£0.74

£0.80

£1.19

£1.03

£1.10

£0.68

£1.25

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£1.23

£2.89

£1.15

£2.87

£1.84

£0.76

£4.16

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£0.39

£0.16

£0.46

£0.75

£0.35

£1.16

£0.58

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£2.45

£6.24

£3.21

£6.88

£5.06

£4.65

£9.99

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£2.45

£1.43

£5.32

£3.44

£3.22

£2.93

£0.75

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£27.44

£30.34

£37.13

£32.68

£39.52

£43.04

£35.81

TOTAL COSTS

£36.03

£45.23

£50.11

£50.23

£54.12

£55.55

£55.87

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague

CYPRUS Paphos

INDONESIA Bali

VIETNAM Hoi An

MALTA Sliema

MEXICO Cancun

USA Orlando

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£2.30

£2.67

£1.79

£1.88

£1.61

£1.91

£1.51

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.36

£2.30

£1.91

£2.64

£2.30

£2.23

£4.00

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.84

£1.75

£1.19

£1.88

£1.84

£1.81

£1.99

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£2.03

£2.48

£4.17

£5.28

£3.63

£3.93

£4.80

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£0.52

£0.25

£0.48

£0.57

£0.61

£0.55

£1.43

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£6.93

£6.55

£11.01

£4.52

£12.07

£6.80

£6.40

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£5.61

£4.77

£6.37

£1.88

£3.30

£3.23

£4.00

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£36.29

£44.40

£42.57

£50.87

£46.05

£53.54

£51.36

TOTAL COSTS

£56.88

£65.17

£69.49

£69.52

£71.41

£74.00

£75.49

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ST LUCIA Rodney Bay

CROATIA Porec

THAILAND Phuket

HUNGARY Budapest

MALAYSIA Penang

FRANCE Nice

GREECE Corfu

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£2.19

£1.43

£1.55

£2.27

£2.78

£1.56

£2.30

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.88

£2.34

£1.94

£2.27

£5.47

£3.22

£3.22

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.17

£2.60

£0.91

£1.96

£1.42

£3.35

£2.76

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£4.85

£3.64

£4.66

£4.17

£6.08

£4.14

£3.68

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£1.81

£0.78

£0.52

£0.45

£0.61

£0.37

£0.92

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£7.20

£7.79

£4.79

£6.04

£11.90

£10.29

£6.62

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£3.21

£5.19

£2.59

£5.44

£2.41

£6.43

£5.79

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£57.78

£56.61

£65.57

£60.12

£55.69

£62.50

£70.77

TOTAL COSTS

£80.09

£80.38

£82.53

£82.72

£86.36

£91.86

£96.06

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SOUTH KOREA

Seoul

TOBAGO Various

CHINA Beijing

INDIA Delhi

CANADA Vancouver

USA NewYork

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£2.29

£1.88

£4.69

£2.74

£1.63

£1.44

£2.47

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.90

£1.63

£3.09

£4.36

£4.02

£5.12

£4.39

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£0.76

£1.06

£1.85

£1.25

£1.61

£2.40

£2.74

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£4.19

£4.38

£6.18

£9.97

£4.82

£7.20

£4.93

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£0.38

£1.00

£0.37

£1.00

£1.32

£1.59

£1.64

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£13.56

£10.01

£9.88

£5.61

£6.32

£9.59

£8.22

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£7.62

£3.13

£3.71

£1.99

£5.12

£5.83

£5.21

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£72.99

£80.72

£74.12

£77.37

£79.57

£73.62

£77.85

TOTAL COSTS

£103.69

£103.81

£103.89

£104.29

£104.41

£106.79

£107.45

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MAURITIUS Grand Baie

BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro

PERU Lima

JAMAICA Montego Bay

ITALY Sorrento

SINGAPORE China Town

CHILE Santiago

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£2.11

£1.78

£3.07

£3.33

£1.84

£0.91

£3.74

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£2.98

£3.34

£2.56

£5.23

£2.76

£5.49

£4.62

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£1.74

£2.01

£1.53

£2.40

£2.30

£1.83

£1.87

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£4.59

£6.69

£4.09

£4.90

£2.76

£7.01

£4.37

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£0.65

£0.67

£1.53

£0.80

£0.92

£0.49

£2.23

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£14.52

£8.91

£12.78

£14.82

£9.19

£9.94

£14.97

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£3.90

£13.37

£6.39

£9.38

£5.51

£1.71

£18.72

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£77.74

£74.42

£79.99

£71.96

£93.75

£93.28

£75.52

TOTAL COSTS

£108.23

£111.19

£111.94

£112.82

£119.03

£120.66

£126.04

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COSTA RICA Tamarindo

ANTIGUA St John

BARBADOS St James

AUSTRALIA Darwin

DUBAI Jumeirah

ABU DHABI City

SEYCHELLES Mahe

Cup of filter coffee

Café/bar

£2.34

£3.13

£3.43

£2.71

£2.02

£5.62

£3.84

Bottle of local beer/lager

(330ml) Café/bar

£2.48

£1.88

£3.43

£4.85

£9.00

£7.87

£4.48

Bottle/can of Coca-Cola/Pepsi

(330ml) Café/bar

£2.34

£2.04

£1.71

£2.71

£1.57

£3.37

£3.52

Glass of wine

(175ml) Café/bar

£7.01

£3.76

£5.57

£5.13

£10.12

£12.37

£7.67

1.5l bottle of mineral water

Supermarket

£1.46

£1.22

£2.36

£1.43

£0.51

£14.62

£1.28

Suncream

(200ml SPF15) Supermarket

£14.83

£14.41

£12.22

£10.27

£9.13

£7.87

£19.18

Insect repellent

(50ml) Supermarket

£8.77

£4.68

£9.00

£2.98

£5.73

£6.75

£14.39

3 course evening meal for 2

(including bottle of house wine)

£87.18

£95.53

£99.44

£117.30

£112.44

£110.19

£128.53

TOTAL COSTS

£126.41

£126.65

£137.16

£147.38

£150.52

£168.66

£182.89

Source: Post Office Travel Money. The Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer was compiled with the help of national and local tourist boards and long haul holiday specialist Travelbag (except Sunny Beach, Bulgaria where prices were provided by Balkan Holidays). Prices are based on exchange rates on 2 January 2019.

 

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