Britons looking for cheap holidays in exotic locations have no shortage of helpful hints as to which hot new destination is particularly trendy this year, or which operators are offering the best deals – and the latest tip from the top has come this week from Post Office Travel Money, which is strongly recommending cheap holidays in Sri Lanka.
The Post Office’s latest price report revealed that compared to last year, prices for Sri Lanka holidays are currently around a third cheaper, with the island off the coast of southern India being a whopping 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand holidays. This is good news for Sri Lankan tourism chiefs, which regards Thailand as its arch-rival for tourists’ affections. Vietnam is currently neck and neck with Thailand for the third place spot on Post Office Travel Money’s list of affordable long-haul holiday destinations.
The list is compiled by examining the cost of a typical selection of 10 tourist items, such as drinks and meals out, suncream and clothing, and seeing how prices rise and fall in 28 destinations. This year, it appears that the cost of holidays has fallen over the past year in 13 of these countries. South Africa holidays are another that has seen costs fall, as the hype of last year’s World Cup recedes.
Post Office Travel Money head Sarah Munro commented: “Things are looking up for hard-pressed holidaymakers.”
“After a summer when the weak UK pound bought less holiday cash in Europe, tourists heading further afield for winter sun can look forward to seeing their pounds stretch further in most long-haul destinations.”
Sri Lanka is certainly a great choice for anyone seeking to combine the best in a relaxing beach holiday with a trip to somewhere very out of the ordinary. Away from the lush beach resorts lies a world of amazing forests and temples, plus friendly villages and great Asian-Indian food. With more cheap Sri Lanka holidays available than ever, there’s every reason to put it on your own list this year.