Holidays at home are great - but are they cheaper?
It is the biggest ever domestic tourism campaign and sees Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Rupert Grint and Michelle Dockery starring in a new TV ad encouraging people to visit a website offering 20.12 per cent discounts on accommodation, restaurants, attractions and transport around the country.
But is a 'staycation' really cheaper than going abroad?
How does it match up to going abroad for price?Petrol prices are a big consideration when staying in the UK, making travel around the country pretty pricey. Whilst prices are at about the same level across Europe (except in Spain where they remain a bit cheaper), the alternative - train travel - is a considerably cheaper option on the continent than here in the UK.
If you shop around online for some of the better deals, hotel prices are much of a muchness between the UK and Europe, but generally speaking I think nice self-catering accommodation works out much cheaper in Europe than it does in the UK. Of course package deals abroad for families wanting a straightforward sun, sea and sand break will invariably work out cheaper.
The other consideration is food and drink - which is undoubtedly cheaper in Europe, particularly in places like Spain.
I've conducted a not-very-scientific experiment as an example.
A lovely holiday cottage in Cornwall, big enough for family of four and close to the beach will set you back £889 for a week. Then you've either got to get there and back by car (comfortably about £150 in petrol depending on where you're travelling from) or about £100 return on the train (with a family and friends railcard). That's over £1000 before you've included food, drink or transport when you get there. Not to mention activities for the kids if it rains.
The same family can stay 7 nights full board at a hotel in Tenerife (including flights) for £1376. OK, it's not the same kind of holiday but it's considerably cheaper, and you've got pretty much guaranteed sunshine.
That's not to say that having a holiday in the UK is not enjoyable, I absolutely think it is. But just how many families will genuinely think they can save money by doing so I'm just not sure.