The cheapest holiday destinations for 2022

Throughout the height of the pandemic and lockdowns, many of us were dreaming of jetting off to a far away land full of sunshine, sea and hot temperatures. But now that we can travel again without too many restrictions, our bank accounts apparently haven’t got the memo that we’ve got two years worth of holidaying to catch up on – rude.

With the cost of living in a crisis, it’s become that much harder to budget for an epic holiday. But the good news is, The Post Office has conducted new research for its annual report to reveal the cheapest holiday destinations for 2022.

The data for cheap holidays was based on eight tourist requirements: the cost of a three-course evening meal for two with wine, a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, a Coca-Cola, a glass of wine, a large bottle of water, sun cream and insect repellent. The average prices were collected from tourist boards and tour operators, and compared from 36 worldwide destinations to find the most affordable options.

So without further ado, these are the best cheap holidays about right now…

Cheap and affordable holidays

Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris, Turkey
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According to the Post Office report, you’d need just £26.13 for your eight holiday essentials if you’re travelling to Marmaris in Turkey, making it the most affordable when it comes to the aforementioned items.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
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Sunny Beach in Bulgaria topped the cheap holiday list last year, but has slipped a place in 2022. It was beaten to the top spot by just 6p!

Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal
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Third place is the Algarve, which jumps up almost £20 for the cost of the eight items, at £44.39.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
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In Cape Town, the eight essentials would cost you on average £53.23, making Cape Town the best value long haul destination.

Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos, Cyprus
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Getting hold of the Post Office’s eight items during your trip to Paphos would cost £56.44 on average. That’s a price drop of more than 15 per cent year-on-year.

Costa del Sol, Spain

Costa del Sol, Spain
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You’d need £59.56 to cover the costs for two in Costa del Sol.

Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya
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£61.30 will roughly cover your fundamental holiday needs in Mombasa, Kenya.

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira
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The eight holiday essentials in Madeira will cost you around £64.05.

Sliema, Malta

Sliema, Malta
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Sliema made it onto the list for the first time back in 2020, and has stuck on there ever since. The necessary items come in at around £65.35.

Orlando, USA

Orlando, USA
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You may be surprised to see holiday hot spot Orlando on the list, but it turns out a three-course evening meal for two with wine, a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, a Coca-Cola, a glass of wine, a large bottle of water, sun cream and insect repellent will set you back £67.01.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic
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It’ll cost on average £67.09 to get your hands on the holiday essentials in Prague, which is about £6 more expensive than it was in 2019.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
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The necessities will set you back £71.13 in the Canary Islands.

Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie, Mauritius
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How dreamy does this look? Squeezing in to the list is Grand Baie, where your eight essentials will cost £72.59.

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