Fancy an over-priced holiday? Try a staycation!
It makes as much financial sense to have a holiday in the UK as it does to invest in chocolate teapots, says Nikki Bayley
A survey by website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk has claimed that over half of all people on a ‘staycation’ found it was “more expensive” than their last foreign holiday.
It won't be news to anyone who's tried to have an affordable break in Britain that a holiday here is more expensive than going abroad. I've lost count of the times I've found myself furiously mouthing: "How much?!" after checking prices on British hotels to even raise an eyebrow at this.
To be fair, it's not just the crippling accommodation costs that make a Brit break over-priced. Once you factor in everything, from ridiculous public transport costs to over-priced petrol, from jacked-up food prices to family-unfriendly entrance tickets, you start to see why Britain is a popular destination amongst the mega-minted Russian gazillionaire set.
The Tripadvisor's TripIndex works out the cost of a night out for two, including cabs, hotel, dinner and cocktails in major cities across the world. No prizes for guessing that London beat every other city to the title of most expensive. Sure, we know we're gold medal winners, but who knew you'd need to melt one down to afford a night in our capital?
It isn't just London that's expensive - its the UK in general.
And it's not just London. Let's say your family of four fancied a day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. That's £95 on wristbands before you've even bought lunch, snacks and been badgered into buying souvenir photos and a Kiss Me Quick hat!
Compare that to some of the amazing deals for families at world-famous attractions like Disneyland (accommodation and park package at around £65 per person). Even if you're rubbish at maths, you can see that a holiday in Britain just isn't the recession-friendly option most people think it is.
Holidaying in Blighty is worthwhile, it's just not cheap.
There are breathtaking sights to see and wonderful things to do across the UK, I'm not denying that. It's great, in fact, that we're in the midst of icon sights such as Stonehenge, the Tower of London or the Angel of the North. Just don't be fooled into thinking it's a cheaper option to stay at home instead of going abroad.
Nikki Bayley writes about travel and lifestyle for Glamour, Sunday Times Travel magazine, The Sun and xojane.co.uk.
If you like tweets about food, politics, travel and the difficulties of giving up swearing follow her @nikkibayley.
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