Brits Still Getting More Bang For Buck Abroad

Thursday, 18 June 2009

With many families considering holidaying in the UK this year in a bid to save money, low-fare airline easyJet has revealed that holidays abroad can still come out up to a third cheaper despite the weak pound*.

Factors such as soaring petrol prices, expensive hotel tariffs and unpredictable UK weather sending tourists seeking out over-priced, undercover activities can send the cost of a traditional holiday in Britain spiralling out of control.

Paul Simmons, UK general manager for easyJet, comments: "Many are misguided in thinking that the smart option during the current economic downturn is to stay in the UK rather than venture abroad for a holiday.

"The truth is that it can often cost more to travel to destinations close to home than to a destination abroad where sun, sea and sand provide all the entertainment the family needs for a week away."

With easyJet flights to top European destinations now starting from £15.99 (one way incl taxes) a comparative distance in an average sized car on a tank of petrol to the same value would cover around 85 miles - getting a family who live in London only as far as Peterborough for their annual break.

A family room in a three-star hotel in the UK is around £50 more expensive per night than the same style accommodation in popular European holiday destinations and a standard meal for four with drinks comes in on average at 20 per cent cheaper abroad than in the UK.

Holiday entertainment also sends costs sky-high in the UK.  With an average of three inches of rainfall across the UK in June, July and August, tourists are forced to embark on expensive activities to keep them occupied during wet weather - something that rarely occurs abroad.

Simmons continues: "Tourists can save a fortune holidaying abroad.  As long as people plan ahead and book flights and accommodation in plenty of time they will benefit from some of the best holiday deals available - and get the summer holiday and wall-to-wall sunshine they have dreamt of all winter."


easyJet's current top five credit-crunching deals when you book this month with easyJetholidays are:

1) Nice for 4 nights, with 3 star room only hotel including return flights from Bristol departing on 7 Aug from £219pp

2) Costa Del Sol for 5 nights, with 4 star bed and breakfast hotel including return flights from London Luton departing on 8 July from £239pp

3) Algarve for 7 nights, with 4 star bed and breakfast hotel including return flights from London Gatwick departing on 14 July from £329pp

4) Tenerife for 7 nights, with 3 star self-catering apartment including flights from Manchester on 5 Aug from £329pp

5) Majorca for 7 nights, with 3 star bed and breakfast hotel including return flights from London Gatwick on 29 July from £376pp


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Notes to editors

* Statistics are based on a comparison of a family holiday for four (two adults/ two children) in three star hotel accommodation for one week

  • Destinations used for cost comparisons: Cornwall v Spain and Greece

** Based on current average petrol price 98 pence per litre


About easyJet:

easyJet is Europe's leading low-fares airline, currently operating 171 aircraft on 416 routes between 110 airports in 27 countries. easyJet carried 45 million passengers in the past 12 months.


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