It’s no secret that Turkey can match any other holiday destination for sunshine, fun, beaches and culture, but according to a recent survey by the UK Post Office, it’s actually a cut above anywhere else when it comes to value for money.
With an 87 per cent positive rating, Turkey topped the list of destinations in the survey rated good value by respondents who had previously visited the country, therefore beating the Spanish mainland (83 per cent), Greece (83 per cent), Portugal (82 per cent), the Spanish islands (81 per cent) and the USA (81 per cent). Only 13 per cent of people who had been to Turkey didn’t find the living costs there good value.
Meanwhile, a staggering 84 per cent of people who had never been to a Turkish resort still perceived the country as good value – second only to Bulgaria (85 per cent).
And it gets better - as a result of their views about how affordable Turkey is, a higher percentage of people would choose to return there compared to any other holiday destination. Almost two thirds of visitors who had been before (64 per cent) said they would visit Turkey again due to it being such good value.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money, said: “Our new research shows the extent to which value is a determining factor in destination choice. Holidaymakers can best arm themselves with information that will help them to make informed decisions about value by monitoring exchange rates to see where sterling has strengthened most this year.”
Living and visiting Turkey has become especially cheap to foreigners in the past year, thanks to the weakening of the Turkish lira – between May 2013 and May 2014, its value has fallen by around 27 per cent against Sterling.