A combination of too much turkey, family friction and wintery weather is the trigger for thousands of people make their escape by booking a New Year break.
This year the strong pound is making a wide range of top winter sun destinations more affordable, as revealed in our new Post Office Travel Money research. UK tourists have up to 18 per cent extra travel cash to spend than a year ago. The best value can be found in Cyprus and Lanzarote, with a seven-night package including dinner to Paphos costing £239 per person, and a similar package in Lanzarote £268 per person.
Further afield, bargain hunters who would normally head to Sharm el Sheikh could find Mexico a great alternative, with a week in Cancun costing £756 per person, the cheapest long-haul beach holiday surveyed. Or maybe a week in Phuket will appeal to our customers more, at £763? Meanwhile in Florida, despite sterling’s weakness against the dollar, a week in Orlando comes out at less than either of these, at just £692 per person including meals.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “Even though the US dollar remains stubbornly stronger against the pound, prices are low in Orlando and package costs are looking very reasonable.
“Although Eurozone winter sun holidays are unbeatable on price for a January break, the strength of sterling against currencies for long-haul destinations like Mexico, Malaysia and Mauritius will make them appealing to holidaymakers looking for higher temperatures.”