Holidays Abroad "Cost Less than Staying at Home"
Staycation' might be the latest buzzword, but according to one travel firm, going abroad still works out cheaper than holidaying in the UK.
Thomas Cook even claims that prices in some eurozone countries are lower than at home, in spite of the pound's plunge against the euro.
It also points out that flights to many overseas destinations are only slightly cheaper than rail fares in the UK.
Travel insurance also costs only a few pence more for an overseas holiday than for a British break, in spite of the extra cover it provides.
Thomas Cook's 2009 Holiday Cost of Living survey, which measured prices of daily purchases in 16 holiday hotspots worldwide, found that the Indian seaside resort of Goa was the cheapest holiday destination, followed by Cuba, Tunisia and Turkey.
In Goa, holidaymakers would typically spend £14.10 a day, compared to £48.51 in the UK. In mainland Spain, the cheapest destination in Europe, the typical spend was £34.66.
Thomas Cook mainstream travel chief executive Paul Constanti said: If you are on a tight budget consider an all-inclusive option, this will mean that you've paid for food, drinks and some activities in advance.""