The prospect of booking a holiday may feel some people with dread, following sterling’s fall against most major currencies in recent months. However, it doesn’t need to.
Flight comparison site Skyscanner has highlighted five long-haul destinations that continue to offer good value for UK holidaymakers.
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is a prime example. The Dominican peso is down 4.29% year-on-year against the pound, while average flight prices have dropped by 6%.
If white sand and blue seas aren’t your bag, culture-filled Buenos Aires makes the list too. While flight prices are only down 1% year-on-year, the Argentine peso has fallen by 70% against the pound over the past 12 months.
Lisa Tyndall, UK market growth lead at Skyscanner, comments: “Whilst the pound has struggled against some currencies recently, there are still destinations where travellers could find their money goes further, both at the point of booking and at their destination.
“For example, a couple travelling to Auckland this September could save a massive £762.60 in flight costs compared to the previous year, plus our data is showing hotel prices in Auckland have dropped 9% year-on-year. With the pound performing well against the New Zealand dollar, now is a great time to visit the Land of the Long White Cloud.”
See the table below for Skyscanner’s top five value long-haul destinations:
|CITY||Average flight price drop year-on-year||Currency change|
|Punta Cana||-6%||Pound is up 4.29% year-on-year against the Dominican peso|
|Mauritius||-5%||Pound is up 3.28% year-on-year against the Mauritian rupee|
|Cancun||-2%||Pound is up 5.77% year-on-year against the Mexican peso|
|Auckland||-2%||Pound is up 9.23% year-on-year against the New Zealand dollar|
|Buenos Aires||-1%||Pound is up 70.4% year-on-year against the Argentine peso|
Source: Skyscanner, August 2018