Savings range between £1000 and £1600 according to On the Beach
Many European holidays are cheaper than UK breaks, claims On the Beach
Beach holiday provider has revealed seaside holidays in the UK are more expensive than a European beach resort stay in August.
On the Beach surveyed 1,000 British families and found that value for money and avoiding lengthy travel times are the top considerations when choosing a holiday destination.
The company found that 70% of European holidays were cheaper than holidays in the UK and some families reached savings of 60%.
This is largely due to hoteliers across Europe offering discounts while prices of trains and hotels in the UK have increased, making a one-week staycation more expensive.
The most expensive UK destinations include St Ives, Brighton, Torquay and Margate ranging between £2000 and £3000 for a week-long vacation. Europe destinations such as Marmaris, Skanes, Torremolinos, Tenerife and more range between £1000 and £1600.
Alan Harding, On the Beach marketing director, commented: “Public transport and indeed hotels can be very expensive in the UK, making the so-called Staycation a very expensive option for hard-working British families.
“However, the rise of low-cost airlines and hoteliers across Europe offering discounted rates in order to attract more Brits, means a holiday to one of Europe’s most popular beach resorts is much more affordable.”
The study found that a seaside holiday in Cornwall’s St Ives has high prices with substantial travel times by train.
A family of four travelling from London for a week could expect to pay £2987 for transport and accommodation on a B&B basis.
In comparison, the family travelling for a week in Skanes, one of Tunisia’s popular holiday destinations, would save £1919, including the flight, costing £978 or 66% less.
Also, a one-week trip to Brighton costs £2559 where a family could save £959, by travelling to Bodrum in Turkey.
The research also shows a holiday to Marmaris in Turkey is 36% cheaper than a week in Margate and going to Benidorm rather than Southport could save almost 10%.
Blackpool remains a cheap UK destination where a week-long holiday would cost 27% less than travelling to Costa Bravo.