Revealed: The true cost of a 'dream holiday' (it could be less than you think)

Want to see the Northern Lights? Or safari in South Africa? TripAdvisor has done some very helpful sums

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Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) over snowscape.

If you want to experience some of the world's greatest sights, but can't afford to spend a lot of cash, TripAdvisor has done the sums for you and worked out which of the great wonders of the worlds is the cheapest to visit.

According to new research from booking site, seeing the Northern Lights- Iceland's famous light display - is the best value experience of a lifetime for Brits.

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The trip will set you back £1,459 compared with the average £2,324 price tag for an experience of a lifetime trip for two. But by planning ahead, travellers can save up to 82% on tours and hotels - making pricier travelling experiences more affordable.

The recent study breaks down the cost per day for two people to take a trip to one of the world's most popular destinations, including the cost of a return flight, return airport transfer, stay in a four-star hotel, dinner and a day tour.

The breakdown shows that despite a trip to Iceland oming in as the most affordable for total costs, it is ranked as the most expensive city for dining out and internal travel costs while you are there.

Topping the list as the most expensive trip is diving the Great Barrier Reef, which costs a staggering £4,550. Check out the full list of destinations below and their true cost.

The top 10 trips and their true cost

1. Northern Lights, £1,459

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, Reykjavik. £200 per night (9% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik. £40 per person (75% cheaper than average tour rates there).

2. Santorini sunset, £1,604

Hotel: Alexander's Boutique Hotel of Oia, Oia. £229 per night (42% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini. £67 per person (46% cheaper than average tour rates there).

3. Safari in South Africa, £1,753

Hotel: Protea Hotel by Marriot Nelspruit, Nelspruit. £63 per night (equal to average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Full-day Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari from Hazyview. £53 per person (55% cheaper than average tour rates there).

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4. Great Wall of China, £1,876

Hotel: Rishengchang Hotel, Beijing. £50 per night (40% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing with Lunch. £49 per person (82% cheaper than average tour rates there).

5. Taj Mahal, £1,965

Hotel: PL Palace Lords Inn Agra, Agra. £39 per night (40% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer. £108 per person (71% cheaper than average tour rates there).

6. Angkor Wat, £2,120

Hotel: Popular Residence Hotel, Siem Reap. £36 per night (45% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour. £55 per person (61% cheaper than average tour rates there).

7. Grand Canyon, £2,362

Hotel: Radisson Hotel Phoenix North, Phoenix. £92 per night (47% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Small-group deluxe Grand Canyon and Sedona day trip. £140 per person (29% cheaper than average tour rates there).

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8. Galapagos Islands, £2,575

Hotel: Cucuve Suites, Puerto Ayora. £138 per night (23% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Full-day Floreana tour. £156 per person (equal to average tour rates there).

9. Machu Picchu, £2,980

Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Cusco, Cusco. £109 per night (44% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco. £280 per person (60% cheaper than average tour rates there).

10. Great Barrier Reef, £4,550

Hotel: Half Moon Bay Resort, Cairns. £71 per night (31% cheaper than average 4 star hotel there).

Experience: Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkelling Cruise from Cairns. £95 per person (67% cheaper than average tour rates there).

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Where to go on holiday in 2018

Where to go on holiday in 2018


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