Japan becoming a cheaper long haul holiday destination, annual Post Office …

British tourists will be saying sayonara to high costs in Japan as the Land of the Rising Sun becomes the Land of the Falling Prices. Normally seen as an expensive destination, the Japanese capital of Tokyo is now emerging as a good-value city though admittedly the long flights to get there are less wallet-friendly.

Post Office1 Travel Money s annual report on the long-haul Discount Holidays © holiday sector is released today and it s great news for Brits who want to discover Tokyo s temples, Imperial Palace, museums, markets, food and neon-soaked skyline. The study says that when the current strength of sterling is added to local price falls in Tokyo of 21.5% this year and significant drops 12 months ago, costs for UK visitors have now been slashed by a whopping 50% since 2013. In particular what you ll pay for food and drink has become much more reasonable.

Compiled with the help of long-haul tailor-made Discount Holidays © holiday specialist Travelbag, the Post Office Travel Money report surveyed 33 far-flung destinations, with 16 of them showing year-on-year price falls mainly because of pound power. The report checked the cost of 10 tourist staples, including an evening meal for two with a bottle of wine, soft and alcoholic drinks, water and sunscreen. These were added together to create a shopping basket total for each destination. It s the Indonesian island of Bali that has retained its position as the cheapest long-haul destination for the third year running, with a basket of 37.91 boosted by a price drop of 5.5%.

Cape Town ( 41.58) stays second cheapest for the third consecutive year, but a bigger year-on-year price drop of 10.9% has helped the South African coastal city narrow the gap on Bali (see our table of selected destinations, below).

Japan Becoming A Cheaper Long Haul <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destination, Annual Post Office ...

Tokyo is far from the only Far East place offering better value to Brits. The Malaysian island of Penang has seen the report s biggest price drop the 41.1% dip reduces its basket to 68.29. Although costs are up 6.2% in Phuket, the Thai island is still competitive at 58.31, as is the coastal resort of Hoi An in the increasingly-popular Vietnam ( 73.02), with fairly stable prices.

In the Americas, Cancun is good value after the Mexican peso weakened ( 63.75), as is Costa Rica, despite 20% price rises ( 67.41). Keep an eye on costs in the Central American nation as it s one of the hottest destinations around, with Thomson and British Airways announcing the start of flights and holidays there. Theme park capital Orlando showed a price fall of 7.5% in its basket of 70.12, which compares very favourably to glitzy Miami at 121.33.

Antigua was the highest-priced of six Caribbean islands surveyed at 137.13 its basket cost two-thirds more than the cheapest, Tobago ( 81.83). There s also some relief for Brits heading Down Under with sterling improving 20% against the Australian and New Zealand dollars to give a basket of 91.13 in Darwin (-16.8%) and 100.66 in Auckland (-24.3%). At the top end of the long-haul spectrum Dubai was the most expensive at 167.10 alcohol and food are both hideously expensive (expect to pay more than eight quid for a beer).


  1. ^ Post Office (www.mirror.co.uk)

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