Despite the Brexit gloom, British travellers have been given some good news when it comes to holidays as new research has revealed that winter sun holidays are cheaper for 2018 and 2019 compared to last year.
The collapse of Monarch Airlines in in 2017 saw the price of airline seats to some of the most popular winter sun destinations rise. However, with more availability due to other airlines securing those all-important airport slots, prices to many destinations have dropped this year, which is great news for UK tourists looking to escape this winter without breaking the bank.
Holidays in resorts in the Dalaman region of Turkey have seen the biggest drop in prices, with getaways to the Antalya region of Turkey, on its famous Turquoise Coast, also cheaper this year compared to 2017.
Spain’s Costa Brava is also offering better value for money this winter season, while the Egyptian resorts of Marsa Alam and Hurghada are providing bigger bargains in 2018.
The research by beach holiday specialist On The Beach also revealed that holidays to Cyprus (Larnaca) are more affordable this year and Spain reigns once again, with both the Costa Blanca and Tenerife offering great value for money.
For those looking to travel further afield, the online travel agent found that the average cost of a holiday to Mexico’s Riviera Maya is cheaper this season compared to winter 2017.
Giving us the perfect excuse to jet off for some winter sun, On The Beach revealed the most popular destinations for a winter sun holiday based on trips booked for November 2018 to March 2019, with the Canary Islands topping the list, followed by mainland Spain, the Algarve and Hurghada.
Surprisingly, the Balearic Islands feature in the top 10, showing that Brits have become more open to visit the gorgeous islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca during the quieter months.
Turkey was named the fastest growing destination as holidays to the beach resorts in Antalya and Dalaman continue to rise and Cape Verde, which offers a Caribbean experience without the price tag, made it into the top 10.
Top 10 most popular destinations this winter sun season (01/11/18 – 31/03/19):
1. Canary Islands
2. Mainland Spain
4. Hurghada, Egypt
9. Balearic Islands
10. Cape Verde
Destinations that are cheaper than last year:
1. Dalaman, Turkey
2. Costa Brava, Spain
3. Marsa Alam, Egypt
4. Larnaca, Cyprus
5. Costa Blanca, Spain
6. Tenerife, Spain