Posted on 11 June 2011
For a long time many people have doubted whether staying in the UK for a beach holiday was still cheaper than going abroad, with the advent of budget airlines etc. Well, we now have definitive and irrefutable evidence that holidaying in Antalya in Turkey is cheaper for Britain’s than a holiday in Torquay.
Currency specialist Travelex has found that Brits can save over £600 by choosing Antalya over a staycation in Torquay.
For a start Brits get 10% more spending money than last year because Sterling has rallied against the Turkish lira.
Travel is cheaper, with return flights from Gatwick to Antalya available from just £368, compared to £525 for a return to Exeter (also from Gatwick), including the £20 cab fare into Torquay.
It than costs £92 less to stay in Antalya, with a room at the four-star Lara Park Hotel by the beach costing £426 for 2 adults, 1 week, compared to £518 for the same stay at Torquay’s 4 star Braddon Hotel.
At £30.50 per person, a three course meal with wine is about half the price in Turkey, and a pint of beer is just less than half price at £1.86 against £3.20 in Torquay. Likewise a spa day is almost 50% cheaper in Turkey at just £70, cocktails are a bargain, and an outing to a model village is more than three times cheaper.
Travelex’s Peter Davies said: “It’s incredible to think Brits can save money by travelling to Turkey rather than staying put on their home soil.
“What’s more, it’s pretty much guaranteed sunshine in the summer, which is a lot more than can be said for Torquay.”