We may just have had a summer of serious heat, but if you’re anything like us, you’re probably already hoping you can escape the impending chill with a winter break this year.
The slight glitch? Financing the trip – but going long-haul in search of sunshine may not be as unaffordable as you think thanks to findings by the Post Office Travel Money.
In the company’s 2018 long-haul holiday report, it revealed that the best place for value-for-money to book your winter getaway is none-other-than the South African southwest city, Cape Town. Exciting, hey?
Surprisingly, the city has actually overtaken Tokyo (which, in our experience, was one of the most expensive places to holiday) as the best value destination, apparently due to the weaker rand (South African currency) and falling local prices.
Post Office says it works out the results of the affordability of a destination by adding together 10 estimated tourist costs, which are researched by Travelbag, and comparing them with tourist offices. This includes a meal for two, a coffee, a glass of wine, a beer, a cocktail and a bottle of all-important sun cream.
The results showed that 10 tourist items would set you back approximately £51.48 in Cape Town, in comparison to £57.40 in the second cheapest destination of Tokyo, Japan, and £63.95 in Bali, Indonesia.
Cheap or not – Cape Town really is worth a trip. Not only do you have incredible sites like Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served, there’s also amazing scenery, including the famous Table Mountain, and the penguins at the not-too-far-away Boulders Beach. You have the wine lands not far outside of the city and within the city, a budding culinary and shopping scene.
So, if you had any doubts about justifying your next holiday before, we reckon they’ve probably gone by now…