Brit of a bar­gain

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Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL - BY NiGel tHomP­soN

Brexit may be bat­ter­ing the pound but UK trav­ellers are still quids-in at hol­i­day hotspots around the world. From Sin­ga­pore to St Lu­cia and Turkey to Brazil, it’s great news for Brits with plung­ing prices in ma­jor re­sorts and cities.

The 13th an­nual Post Of­fice Hol­i­day Money Re­port, out yes­ter­day, re­veals the best places for bar­gain hun­ters to visit in 2019 – and costs are down by up to a fifth year on year in al­most half the places sur­veyed.

Re­searchers looked at the over­all cost of eight typ­i­cal tourist sta­ples – in­clud­ing meals, al­co­holic and soft drinks, sun­screen and bug spray – in 42 long and short-haul des­ti­na­tions.

They found Sin­ga­pore and St Lu­cia head the list of 19 favourites where prices have dropped the most in the past year – by 21.5 per cent and 19.6 per cent re­spec­tively – for the bas­ket.

Ster­ling has also risen against the Brazil­ian real, help­ing prices in Rio de Janeiro fall 19.5 per cent.

The volatil­ity of the Turk­ish lira means

Mar­maris, the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar re­sort, is 18.7 per cent cheaper than in 2018, though the best short-haul value over­all is at Sunny Beach in Bul­garia.

Other short-haul favourites with falls in­clude Malta (nine per cent) Nice (13.7 per cent) and Corfu (7.8 per cent). Fur­ther afield, the cheap­est long-haul des­ti­na­tion is Cape Town, with costs in South Africa’s Mother City re­duced by al­most nine per cent. There’s also value in Mom­basa in Kenya, the In­done­sian is­land of Bali and Viet­nam’s Hoi An, helped by lower meal costs in the for­mer and a rise in ster­ling against the cur­rency in the lat­ter two.

At the wal­let-wal­lop­ing end of the scale, the most ex­pen­sive des­ti­na­tions sur­veyed were Male in the Sey­chelles, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

A Post Of­fice Travel Money spokesman said: “Draw up a des­ti­na­tion short­list and do your home­work be­fore book­ing.”

Full re­port at postof­fice.­i­day­moneyre­port .

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