Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What Are the Best Holiday Destinations for Families on a Tight Budget?

The credit crunch and spending cuts have had a considerable effect on family finances, and holidays might seem unnecessary luxuries, but it is still possible to enjoy a trip overseas on a budget. Many travel agents have early-season sales, and bargains can be found on the internet. While a holiday in Britain can save on air fares, fine weather cannot be guaranteed, so a wet break will not only be miserable but also expensive, paying for rainy-day amusements. 

The Eurozone has become increasingly expensive with the pound sterling almost at parity with the euro in recent years, so investigating holidays in countries with other currencies could result in a much cheaper vacation. Turkey, where Europe meets Asia, has long been popular, especially its glorious Turquoise Coast at the confluence of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, and many tour operators offer good bargains.

Another advantage is currency. Bulgaria is not in the Eurozone, so eating out and drinks could be a lot cheaper than other parts of Europe. The British pound has been slipping in value against the euro in recent years, with a knock-on effect on holiday expenditure, so Bulgaria's different coinage could really help. Turkey has the same advantage, and, situated as it is at the meeting of Europe and Asia, offers a more exotic atmosphere at affordable prices. 

For even more exoticism, try Tunisia. Politics can also have an effect on holidays, and this North African country, with its long Mediterranean coastline, has been trying to lure tourists back after the Arab Spring upheaval. Prices are consequently very reasonable, and the flight time is around three hours, which can be an important factor when travelling with young children. With this in mind, the traditional destinations of Spain, Portugal and Majorca remain popular, with cheap package deals available.

All-inclusive holidays can rival the package for value and are available in many European resorts within five hours flying time. With meals, snacks and drinks covered, they can be cheaper even than self-catering as money is saved on eating out. Activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, cycling and tennis are often included as are gentler activities like movies, dance shows and cookery demonstrations. With everything paid in advance, there should be no nasty surprises for the budget-conscious family.

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