If you’re not one of the high flyers who received their big City bonuses this week you may be interested to learn where your hard-earned money will go further on holiday this year.
Budapest in Hungary has come out on top for Brits seeking value-for-money holidays according to research released at the weekend. A two night break including meals and drinks will rack up just £134.76 in the Hungarian capital, compared to a whopping £541.23 in New York.
It will probably not come as a huge surprise to learn that travellers will get more for their money in Eastern Europe… Other good value destinations include Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, Warsaw in Poland and Riga in Latvia. And in case you were wondering, the most expensive cities to visit in Europe are Stockholm in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark (where, if BBC TV drama is to be believed, the crime rate is shocking too).
The question is, how much stock do we place on these findings? If you’re planning a city break are you likely to be swayed by legendary landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or does the buck stop with the budget? The other factor to be taken into consideration is the cost of getting there…try and book a cheap flight to Budapest for New Year and you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Of course, if money is no object, you may wish to drop £341,000 on emulating the ‘Royal tour’ of Australia (which kicks off next week). The month-long luxury trip, dreamt up by UK tour operator, Bridge & Wickers, includes first-class flights, chauffeured limousines, a trip on a private yacht and a £10,200 diamond dummy for your little prince or princess.
New York doesn’t seem such a bad option after all!