The cheapest long-haul holiday destinations revealed

Typically thought of as a pricey, if popular destination, the good news is that the cost of holidaying in Japan s capital, Tokyo1, is now half what it was in 2013. It is now the third-cheapest long-haul destination on a list compiled by Post Office Travel Money. The list compared the cost of 10 tourist staples in different long-haul destinations and found that the combination of a strong pound and a reduction in local prices up to 22 per cent in the capital has made Tokyo much more affordable. There has been a boom in UK visitors to Japan in 2015, according to Japan’s tourist board, which says it is on course to receive a record number of visitors in 2015. UK visitors numbered 168,600 in January – August 2015, 20.7 per cent more than in the same period last year.

“The British pound now stands at a strong 183 yen to the Japanese yen,” said Kylie Clark, a spokeswoman for the tourist board, “making Japan great value for British travellers.

“On the ground in Tokyo this equates to paying from 0.93 for a journey on the city s Metro system, from 0.59 for two pieces of sushi at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and from 2.73 for a pint of beer.”

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She added that flight prices from the UK to Japan have also dropped this year. The strength of sterling has resulted in many long-haul destinations looking more appealing to British travellers this year. Bali was found to be the cheapest long-haul destination for Britons, followed by Cape Town, both thanks to sterling exchange rate gains of more than 15 per cent.

Tokyo followed, with the average price of 10 goods coming to 51.81, compared with 37.91 in the tourist hub of Kuta, Bali, and 41.58 in Cape Town. Malaysia also appears cheaper, with prices in Penang tumbling 41.1 per cent following a difficult 2014, to a cost of 68.29. Other resorts in Asia, including Phuket in Thailand2, Hoi An in Vietnam and Seoul in South Korea fared well.

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Costa Rica, where British Airways has recently launched new direct flights, is fast becoming more expensive3, according to the survey, but the resort of Tamarindo is for now still the 10th most affordable on the list.

The falling value of sterling against the dollar and a general increase in prices on the ground, has made destinations in the United States and the Caribbean less affordable this year.

Spending money will also go further in Australia this winter, thanks again to the strong pound.

The 20 cheapest long-haul Discount Holidays © holiday destinations this winter

Destination Price of a bottle of beer Average price of ten goods

Bali
(Indonesia)
0.91
37.91
Cape Town
(South Africa)
1
41.58
Tokyo
(Japan)
2.97
51.81
Mombasa
(Kenya)
1.66
52.65
Colombo
(Sri Lanka)
1.23
57.25
Phuket
(Thailand)
1.44
58.31
Cancun
(Mexico)
1.89
63.75
Tamarindo
(Costa Rica)
1.92
67.41
Grand Baie
(Mauritius)
1.99
67.50
Penang
(Malaysia)
3.85
68.29
Seoul
(South Korea)
2.38
69.02
Orlando
(US)
3.34
70.12
Hoi An
(Vietnam)
2.41
73.02
Rio de Janeiro
(Brazil)
1.50
74.74
Vancouver
(Canada)
2.88
77.30
Boston
(US)
4.01
79.38
Tobago
1.33
81.83
Punta Cana
(Dominican Republic)
2.33
82.20
New York
(US)
3.34
82.52
Darwin
(Australia)
4.68
92.50

References

  1. ^ Tokyo (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Phuket in Thailand (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ Costa Rica, where British Airways has recently launched new direct flights, is fast becoming more expensive (www.discountholidays.info)

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