Euro­pean trips top the list of cut-price hol­i­days

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UK hol­i­day­mak­ers should head to Europe for the cheap­est des­ti­na­tions in 2017, a study has found.

In­creases in the cost of food and drink over­seas due to the weak­ened pound can be min­imised by book­ing short-haul trips, ac­cord­ing to Post Of­fice Travel Money.

The for­eign cur­rency seller com­pared the cost of tourist sta­ples such as a three-course meal, a cup of cof­fee, sun­cream and in­sect re­pel­lent in 44 re­sorts or cities across the globe.

The seven cheap­est des­ti­na­tions were all found to be in Europe, while far-flung places are more ex­pen­sive – even with­out tak­ing into ac­count the cost of flights.

Por­tu­gal’s Al­garve was named as the best value lo­ca­tion for UK visi­tors, fol­lowed by Bul­garia’s Sunny Beach, Spain’s Costa del Sol, Turkey’s Mar­maris and the Czech Repub­lic’s Prague.

The only long-haul des­ti­na­tion which fea­tured in the top 10 of the an­nual hol­i­day money re­port was Ja­panese cap­i­tal Tokyo, at num­ber eight.

Dubai was found to be the most costly lo­ca­tion for a trip, with prices more than six times higher than in the Al­garve.

The Caribbean is­land of An­tigua was the se­cond most ex­pen­sive des­ti­na­tion, fol­lowed by Washington D.C. in the US.

Ster­ling plum­meted af­ter the UK voted to leave the EU, with its value against the euro down by more than 11 per cent.

An­drew Brown, of Post Of­fice Travel Money, said: “Hol­i­day­mak­ers can do lit­tle about ster­ling’s value but they can plan trips to re­sorts or cities where prices for meals, drinks and other tourist sta­ples are low.”

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