With the pound having taken a big hit in recent months, it’s not hard to see how the temptation to choose to stay put in the UK rather than go abroad is growing.
We look at the factors – cost and otherwise – and try to work out which is best.
Hotels and location
GO – It often doesn’t just depend on where you go, but when you go. Whether you stay or go, school holidays are always likely to be more expensive. Costs vary from country to country, and the pound doesn’t go as far as it did a year ago. Popular western Mediterranean islands like Mallorca and Ibiza are also becoming premium destinations now, with good hotel rooms hard to come by, as security fears make many holidaymakers avoid certain hotspots that are now considered to be danger zones. Bookings to Portugal and Spain are respectively up 23% and 22% since last year.
STAY – Hotel prices in the UK are often higher than a comparable hotel abroad – there are fewer of them, plus there’s competition from overseas visitors and businessmen. In addition, the sunny days are so infrequent that when it does look as though it’s going to be sunny, competition for rooms is high. But Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands are particularly popular right now, with ‘strong sales’ reported. Continue reading