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The cheapest long-haul winter sun destinations for Brits, and Vietnam is the cheapest

The most beneficial 2022 winter sun destinations for Brits have been revealed in a new study – and it is Vietnam’s Hoi An that ranks number one.

This is where their pound will be furthest, followed by Cape Town in South Africa (second), Mombasa in Kenya (third) and Tokyo, Japan (fourth).

Meanwhile, Bridgetown in Barbados is considered the most economical long-haul winter sun destination for British holidaymakers.

The most cost-effective 2022 long-haul winter sun destinations for Brits have been revealed in a new study — and it’s Vietnam’s Hoi An (pictured) that ranks number one

Cape Town (above) in South Africa is the second best destination for British holidaymakers, Post Office Travel Money reveals

Cape Town (above) in South Africa is the second best destination for British holidaymakers, Post Office Travel Money reveals

This is according to Post Office Travel Money’s Long Haul Holiday Report barometer, produced in partnership with holiday company Travelbag, which compared the cost of 10 tourist staples in 28 destinations worldwide to see where Brits are getting more bang for their buck.

The basket of goods compared consists of a cup of filter coffee, a chocolate bar, a cocktail, sunscreen and a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

Sterling’s recent decline in value means vacationers planning winter sun breaks to 80 percent of the destinations surveyed will have to pay more than in 2019, when the latest report was published, Post Office Travel Money reveals.

Post Office Travel Money's Long Haul Holiday Report barometer compared the cost of 10 tourist staples in 28 destinations worldwide to see where Brits are getting more bang for their buck

Post Office Travel Money’s Long Haul Holiday Report barometer compared the cost of 10 tourist staples in 28 destinations worldwide to see where Brits are getting more bang for their buck

While the report showed increases of more than 20 percent in 14 destinations, it also found significant declines in several popular resorts, from Thailand to Dubai and from Brazil to Jamaica. And in Hoi An.

It marks the first time Vietnam – which has risen from fourth place – has topped the barometer chart, with Post Office Travel Money noting that while the pound has depreciated against the Vietnamese dong, it represents a sharp drop in local prices. that the cost to Britons fell by 10 per cent to £67.78. A bottle of beer costs £1.78 and dinner for two is just £43.14.

Cape Town (£68.49) maintains its second place in the report, while Kenya has moved up two places in third place (£77.41).

The basket of goods that was compared includes a cup of filter coffee, a chocolate bar, a cocktail, sunscreen and a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine

The basket of goods that was compared includes a cup of filter coffee, a chocolate bar, a cocktail, sunscreen and a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine

Tokyo (£81.63) has fallen from number one to fourth place this year after significant price increases, Post Office Travel Money reveals. Barometer costs are up 38 percent in the city, despite a 16 percent drop in the Japanese yen since 2019.

Barometer costs have also risen – this time by 15 per cent – for Kuta, Bali (£82.40), which has fallen from third to fifth in the ranking.

At £93.53, prices in Phuket, Thailand, are in sixth place, having plunged 20 percent due to a “combination of local price declines and a nine percent drop in the Thai baht against sterling.”

The Kenyan city of Mombasa ranks third in the ranking with a basket of goods costing £77.41

The Kenyan city of Mombasa ranks third in the ranking with a basket of goods costing £77.41

Tokyo (£81.63) has fallen from number one to fourth this year after significant price increases, Post Office Travel Money reveals

Tokyo (£81.63) has fallen from number one to fourth this year after significant price increases, Post Office Travel Money reveals

Rio, Brazil, is in seventh place – prices have fallen more than six percent to £102.25 after an 11 percent drop in the value of the Brazilian real. Montego Bay, Jamaica, meanwhile, is eighth in the ranking – at £110.67. Prices there are six percent lower than in 2019, due to lower local prices.

In the US, Orlando (£111.87, ninth) has maintained its place in the top 10 despite a price increase of 29 percent from 2019, a “rise exacerbated by the growing strength of the US dollar,” Post reveals Office Travel Money. By comparison, the same items cost 50 percent more in New York (£169.09, 24e).

The final destination to make the top 10 is Penang, Malaysia – at £111.93. Barometer prices there have risen by 25.8 percent since 2019.

Cancun, Mexico (£115.00, 11e) and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (£117.5, 12e) look relatively good for their money, although prices in Cancun have risen 43 percent in the last three years, Post Office Travel Money Notes.

Bridgetown in Barbados, pictured, has been considered the most economical long-haul winter sun destination for British holidaymakers

Bridgetown in Barbados, pictured, has been considered the most economical long-haul winter sun destination for British holidaymakers

Barometer costs have fallen almost 10 per cent to £135.96 in Jumeirah, Dubai, pushing the resort up 11 places on the table to 16th, its all-time high.

On the most expensive side of the table, prices in Barbados are up 34 percent (£238.64, 28th).

The Seychelles (£234.80.27e) is the second most expensive long-haul destination. The report found it was nearly twice as expensive as Grand Baie, Mauritius (£122.02, 13e), another popular Indian Ocean holiday destination.

However, the biggest increase of over 55 percent was recorded in Antigua (25th), where the barometer in the capital, St John’s, rose to £179.16. Overall, barometer costs have risen in all seven of the eight Caribbean and Central American destinations surveyed — Jamaica being the lone exception, Post Office Travel Money reveals.

For more information about the study, visit: www.postoffice.co.uk/longhaul.

WHY PLANNING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER FOR LONG TRAVELS

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said of the report’s findings: “With lingering uncertainty over sterling, it is more important than ever for people planning a winter sun holiday to do their homework and be aware of the prices at destinations they go to. consider. Holiday costs remain low in popular long-haul resorts such as Vietnam, Thailand and Jamaica, but people who choose the wrong destination risk falling victim to higher prices.”

The report comes as vacationers traveling abroad can reconsider their plans, according to consumer research YouGov conducted for the Post Office. It says that nearly three in five (59 per cent) of British adults who said they were considering a holiday abroad ‘admitted that their plans were likely to be affected by the volatility of the pound’. However, only a quarter of them said they would not take any holidays at all. Twenty-five percent said they would choose a cheaper destination, 28 percent will postpone their trip and a third (33 percent) plan to cut their spending budget, Post Office Travel Money reveals.

Lesley Rollo, Managing Director, Travelbag, commented: ‘What this report shows once again is the importance of doing your research before booking and talking to travel experts who have on-the-ground insight into what’s happening on your chosen destination. Our teams regularly speak to their contacts around the world at the destinations mentioned in this report and are well placed to make the decision of potential travelers about their destination much easier.”

Nick Boden adds: ‘We advise people planning long-distance travel to watch exchange rate movements in the weeks before their departure and buy their holiday money when the pound appreciates. Our research shows that prices in many destinations are higher than in Europe. Vacationers who budget carefully to accommodate this will take advantage of the enhanced rates offered for valuable foreign exchange transactions in our branches or online, rather than leaving it to the last minute and getting less cash for their pounds at airport desks .’

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