British travellers could enjoy 18 nights in Portugal's Albufeira compared to just three nights in New York City this spring, a new report from TripAdvisor has revealed.
The travel reviews website compared the average number of nights tourists could afford with £1,000 for accommodation and flights in ten of the most popular spring holiday destinations during the period of 1 March to 31 May 2017 and found that the Portugal's Albufeira offered the best value.
Offering 18 nights for £1,000 the sun-kissed spot is ideal for a spring break, while Benidorm was named the next best place for a budget trip with 17 nights for this price, followed by Prague for 13 nights.
The average cost of a flight to Albufeira costs £193 per person, while the average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor is £90.
In comparison, with the average flight per person costing £528 and the average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor at £293, New York City is the destination offering the shortest duration for the same spend – just three nights. Hong Kong and Dubai follow close behind as the most expensive destinations at four nights.
At the midway point are Paris and Bangkok offer nine and eight nights respectively, proving that it's possible to travel long-haul for the same price and more or less the same duration as within Europe. While the average per person flight price to Bangkok is nearly six times more than Paris at £619 versus £108, the average nightly hotel rate on TripAdvisor for Bangkok compared to Paris closes up the gap at £99 and £201 respectively.
Number of nights possible for £1,000 per person at 10 of the most popular spring travel destinations:
1. Albufeira, Portugal - 18 nights
2. Benidorm, Spain - 17 nights
3. Prague, Czech Republic - 13 nights
4. Marrakech, Morocco - 9 nights
5. Paris, France - 9 nights
6. Bangkok, Thailand - 8 nights
7. Reykjavik, Iceland - 6 nights
8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 4 nights
9. Hong Kong, China - 4 nights
10. New York City, United States - 3 nights
Top travel hacks for cheaper holidays
Top travel hacks for cheaper holidays
Flight systems are loaded first thing every morning so flights which were on hold overnight (usually from business customers) will be released. This happens at around 1am, so you can often get better prices the earlier you book – a hack four in five Brits have never heard of.
Starting your long haul holiday from another European city can save you lots of money. You can extend your holiday by visiting interesting European cities and bag a bargain by starting your trip, for example, in Sofia or Oslo. You only need to add a low-cost flight from your home to the city to take advantage of amazing discounts and offers. For example, you can bag a return flight from Sofia, Bulgaria to Dubai for under £150.
The best days to fly are Tuesday to Thursday so you avoid the Monday morning rush of business travellers and also the weekend escapers. These dates often have better availability too and the best availability means low fares!
Many European cities have set days during the year when they open up their top museums at night and offer free access. The European Night of Museums in France, Germany and the UK is in May, while Budapest and Prague offer the same thing in June.
The major airlines all have seat sales over the Christmas period, so this is the perfect time to book your next break at a great price. During Black Friday (at the end of November) and over Christmas, lastminute.com, for example, offers access to these big sales of the airlines with amazing flight deals.
Many cities that are popular for business travellers, such as London, Brussels and Zurich, have fantastic room rates at the weekend once the 'suits' have left. You can sometimes find five-star hotels for under £100 per night.
Hotels want to keep you there for every meal of the day if possible, so ask when you check in if they offer a discount on breakfast or dinner for guests of the hotel. Free 'welcome' drinks are also common to get you into the bar or restaurant.
The cheapest time of year for a city break is January, with deals for flights and a hotel stay for two nights available under £100 in places like Berlin, Dublin, Prague and Copenhagen.
Sunday nights are usually the cheapest night of the week to stay in a city hotel. This is the end of the week when weekend travellers have left and before corporate guests arrive so a great day to surprise your other half with a night away. You’re also more likely to bag an upgrade to a suite when the hotel is quieter on a Sunday.
If you don't want to wait for your food on the plane order special meals in advance – like vegetarian or low calorie. These get delivered to seats first so you’re guaranteed a hot dinner before most other passengers.