Easter 2017 brought more expensive holidays for families. How you can cut the costs for any vacation
Easter 2017 came up with a six per cent rise of holidays’ prices, or £182. Still, there are some ways to reduce costs so you don’t have to feel as much the burden.
Easter 2017 is around six per cent more expensive than last Easter, at least in terms of the cost of a holiday, given that the price of a family break has risen by an average of £182 in a year, The Sun reports.
“The cost for a family getaway this Easter has risen by over £180 this year, partly due to the weakening of the pound against other currencies like the euro, where it has lost around 8.5 per cent of its value,” Liam O’Hara of M&S Bank said.
On average, a family pays almost £3,000 for a week-long holiday. M&S Bank researched the available options on the market, in order to find which holidays would “beat” and which “broke” the £2,991 family of four budget (which includes spending money).
Easter 2017 could be spent, with the lowest budget, in Andalucia, Spain, Malta, and Crete at prices of £1,964, £2,144 and £2,156, respectively. Madeira in Portugal, Lanzarote, and Paphos in Cyprus were also cheap destinations that “beat” the average.
On the other hand, due to the cost of long-haul flights, destinations like Cancun, Dubai, Punta Cana and Florida are “budget breakers” this Easter, all costing more than the average week-long family holiday. Florida, which had the biggest price hike since last year, £312 more than in 2016, is the most expensive, at £5,628, followed by Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (£4,696) and Dubai (£4,412).
O’Hara says that families can save nearly £1,700 off the price of a holiday to Florida, bringing the cost down to £3,934, by opting for a flight with two stops instead of flying directly, and downgrading to a two star hotel.
As the falling pound continues to hit tourists’ pockets, more than 40 per cent of British holiday makers will change their holiday plans this year, according to a recent research. It is estimated that eight million people will spend their vacation in the UK rather than travel abroad.
How to cut holiday costs
People who want to reduce the costs of their holiday could save money using the following tips:
- Be flexible with flight times. An indirect, night or weekday flight (if possible) could prove cheaper.
- Before booking compare the price of flights and accommodation on different comparison sites.
- Set a budget which includes travel money for snacks, excursions, taxis, tips and other costs, even if you travel half-board or all-inclusive
- Find out if buying tickets in advance and online, such as attraction passes, is any cheaper than waiting until you arrive
- Change your holiday money in advance, because airport bureaux often offer less competitive rates
- Always take both travel money and a credit/debit card to have multiple methods of payment.