Survey: Antipodes most expensive

SydneyEngland cricket fans due to follow the national side in forthcoming tours of New Zealand and Australia could find they run out of money only too soon.

For the two antipodean destinations are among the most expensive in the world for tourists, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money.

Those still considering whether to watch the cricket would do better to head for destinations such as Spain and Sri Lanka, the poll of 42 global destinations revealed.

Based on the cost of eight holiday items, including a meal out, Spain and Sri Lanka were the cheapest of 42 destinations worldwide.

The eight items, which also included a coffee, a beer and a packet of cigarettes, cost just £36.14 in Spain's Costa del Sol and in the south west region of Sri Lanka. In contrast, the items were £146.93 in South Korea and £145.28 in Australia - the two most-expensive destinations in the survey. In New Zealand the items were as much as £127.67, while other pricey destinations included Canada (£110.27) and China (£116.45).

While a three-course evening meal for two adults, including a bottle of house wine, cost as little as £24.30 in Sri Lanka, it was as much as £122.45 in Seoul in South Korea.

Also offering good value for money were Prague, where the items cost just £39.17, Bali (£40.47), Vietnam (£43.20) and Bulgaria (£45.10).

Post Office Travel Money reported that prices had fallen in Spain, while they had risen 27% in Sri Lanka, even though the country still remained good value for money for Britons.

Mexico has benefited from low hotel and resort costs as well as more direct flights, while hotel rates have fallen sharply in Greece. But prices have risen in Italy making it 50% pricier than Greece. Turkey, Bali and Vietnam have all seen prices fall, but they have gone up in Thailand.

Vilnius in Lithuania was tipped as the next place to benefit from high demand for low-cost city breaks, while other countries likely to make a tourist breakthrough this year included Qatar, Oman and Jordan.

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If you are a victim of a strike, or any other event beyond the airline's control (including ash clouds!), they must offer you a refund (in which case it's up to you to find a way home) or an alternative flight. While you are waiting for the flight you have the right to food and refreshment and accommodation.

If you are on a package holiday, your tour operator is entirely responsible for looking after you until you get back to the UK.

This is more likely to happen due to the financial crisis, but in some situations you are covered. 

If you pay by credit card and it's over £100, you'll get a refund from the card company. 

Your travel insurance may well cover you too, but check before you go.  

Talk to the airline, and if it is temporarily misplaced they should arrange for it to be sent to your accommodation, and you should be either given cash to cover the essentials in the interim.

If it's completely lost you must wait 21 days and then make a claim for compensation. If you are travelling as part of a package you can claim costs from your operator.

If you are travelling within the EU you need an EHIC card, which gives you access to public healthcare. However, this won't necessarily be free, and if you need extra services such as accommodation for a carer, a helicopter home or a delayed flight, you could end up seriously out of pocket.

The only protection that will guarantee you will be looked after without running up a horrendous debt is by having travel insurance - which often covers up to £10 million of costs.

The most common form of theft is pick-pocketing, followed by theft from a car and bag snatching. Meanwhile, 752,000 of those surveyed had items stolen from their hotel room or villa.

If you have anything stolen, your only protection is insurance. You need to tell the local police immediately and get a crime reference for your travel insurer.


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