Staycations cost more than foreign holidays

Staycations cost more than foreign holidaysPA


If you think that you're saving money by holidaying in the UK rather than jetting off to the sun, new research suggests that you could be wrong.

A survey by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk found that over half of all people who took a staycation thought it worked out more expensive than their last foreign holiday. A further fifth of families said that they spent around the same amount of money.

The survey of 1,100 people found that the average cost of a ten-day UK holiday was £710 per person, compared to £680 for a foreign holiday. These figures include travel, accommodation, food and activities.

The Telegraph reports that, in many cases, foreign holidays work out cheaper because there's no need to spend money on rainy day activities or excursions, such as trips to theme parks or the cinema. As Britain has the eighth highest petrol price in Europe, these day trips can be very costly.

In comparison, a day on the beach costs very little and, thanks to the falling euro, British holidaymakers get more for their money when they're buying food and drink in Europe.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk told The Telegraph: "It is easy to think that staying in the UK is the cheaper option but the costs soon add up, particularly if you're throwing money at a rainy day to keep everyone entertained.

"It was interesting to see that so many opted for a holiday within the UK to save money, particularly as so many failed to do so."

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Staycations cost more than foreign holidays

Re-live life as a working miner at the National Coal Museum. A 50-minute tour will take you around the coal faces, engine houses and stables with a former coal miner as your guide. After being kitted out in helmet, cap lamp, belt, battery and 'self rescuer', you'll be lowered 90 metres (300 feet) down the Big Pit mineshaft for a captivating underground journey. museumwales.ac.uk

The capital's thriving markets won't cost you a penny, providing you are not tempted to buy. Check out Camden Lock with its historic stables, bronze sculptures, vintage clothing and ethnic food to go – there's everything from Chinese to Lebanese and it's sold off for virtually nothing later in the day. Portobello Road is great for antiques while Borough market is tops for organic produce and specialist foods. camdenlock.net

Watch mother and baby grey seals basking on the sheltered beaches just off Skomer island. At the weekend in September and October, a guide will take you on a walk around the cliffs to see where the grey seals come ashore to have their pups, and provide an interesting commentary about their habitat. Be sure to get a close glimpse of them through his powerful telescope.
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Admire the jaw-dropping acrobatics of the Red Arrows and other aircraft at the Airborne international air show. Sit back in your deck chair and enjoy four days of action-packed flying over the seafront, along with dog displays and other entertainment. At night, there are free concerts at the band stand and a firework display on the final night. visiteastbourne.com

Listen to free concerts, recitals and dance performances at London's Southbank Centre. Enjoy live music on Friday evenings from leading musicians performing everything from jazz and blues to folk. Alternatively, drop in for free lunchtime music in the Central Bar of the Royal Festival Hall on Fridays and Sundays. Free concerts also take place at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. southbankcentre.co.uk

Listen to free concerts, recitals and dance performances at London's Southbank Centre. Enjoy live music on Friday evenings from leading musicians performing everything from jazz and blues to folk. Alternatively, drop in for free lunchtime music in the Central Bar of the Royal Festival Hall on Fridays and Sundays. Free concerts also take place at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. southbankcentre.co.uk

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