10 cheap trips to make your pounds stretch even further; Skyscanner seeks out the best places to make your money go far in 2012.
Poland has always been a relatively cheap destination for British travellers, but a weakening of the Polish currency over the last year means that you’ll now get about 15% more Zolti for your pound, compared to a year ago. With the Euro 2012 football taking place this summer, prices for
accommodation in Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Wroclaw are bound to rise, but visit outside of the tournament, and Poland will offer excellent value and a variety of holiday types from the beaches of the Baltic coast to mountain breaks in the Tatra – plus plenty of bustle and beer in big cities like Krakow. Find flights to Poland
The ‘Bridge between Europe and Asia’ is 20% better value this year compared to last, due to a weakening Lira, so 2012 is a great time to visit. A large country with great diversity, choose from either the Black Sea or Aegean Sea coastline, quiet villages in rural turkey or great skiing in the Taurus and North Anatolian Mountains too. Istanbul, the country’s largest city, is a vibrant metropolis of world famous sights, winding backstreets to explore, top food and friendly locals. Find flights to Turkey.
Hungary has always offered good value and over the last 12 months it’s become about 11% better value as the pound has gained against the Hungarian Forint. Capital Budapest is the most well known destination with its beer halls and bath houses, but in the east you’ll find beautiful rolling hills, attractive towns, thermal resorts along with central Europe’s biggest lake – Balaton. In a landlocked country, this giant mass of freshwater is known as ‘The Hungarian Sea’ and is one of its most popular tourist destination, offering water sports, beaches and vineyards. Find flights to Hungary
Slovenia is one of the best value countries in the Eurozone and the pound has gained a small but significant 2% against of the euro over the last year, meaning your pounds will stretch just that little bit further this year. Capital Ljubljana is a charmingly beautiful riverside city, and well worth a long weekend. Just a couple of hours north, there are the dramatic peaks of the Julian Alps for hikers and bikers; to the south incredible limestone caves, and in the east, green, rolling hills with vineyards. Find flights to Slovenia
5. South Africa
UK holidaymakers will get 25% more for their money in South Africa this winter; brilliant news if you are thinking of taking a sunny city break in Cape Town or going on safari in Kruger National Park. The massively improved exchange rate is thanks to the pound recovering its losses, having been at its weakest for a decade against the South African rand a year ago. What’s more, the time difference with the UK is only two hours, making it a relatively easy long-haul winter destination. Find flights to South Africa
The Bangladeshi Taka has taken a 9% hit from a punchy pound in the last year making up-and-coming Bangladesh an even more appealing and affordable destination. Bangladesh has always been a cheap country to visit, and even more so now. Bangladesh is also hotly-tipped to visit this year as an alternative to its next door neighbour India. Go on safari in Sundarbans National Park, which is home to more than 250 tigers, or chill on Cox’s Bazar – the world’s longest natural beach. Find flights to Bangladesh
Want to swap the British winter for watching beach volleyball on Copacabana? Now is the time to do it as you’ll get over 10% more Brazilian Reals for your pound than a year ago. Flights to Brazil start at around £450 but once you get there the cost of living is relatively low and the sunshine is priceless! Rio’s world-famous carnival is on 17-21 February, but if that’s too hectic, you’re sure to find a place to spread out your towel along the country’s 7000km of beaches. Find flights to Brazil
‘The new Thailand’ is set to be one of 2012’s hottest destinations, helped by new direct flights from the UK, and a near 7% rise in the value of the pound against the Vietnamese Dong. Vietnam is a great budget alternative to traditional SE Asian backpacker choice: Thailand. It’s still off the beaten tourist track, so get there before the rush. Experience the thrilling hustle ‘n’ bustle of Ho Chi Minh City or head to the Con Dao archipelago for some of the world’s best diving. Find flights to Vietnam
UK tourists will get 11% more Pesos for their pound in Mexico compared to year ago, making it a value choice for a long-haul holiday in 2012. This year may well be your last chance to visit Mexico, as the country’s Mayan people believe that the end of the world is nigh – on 21 December, to be precise! Late winter is the best time for a beach holiday, but big resorts like Acapulco and Cancun aren’t always the best value so head further south to Tulum where you’ll get more pleasure for your peso. Find flights to Mexico
Morocco has always offered reasonable value to the British visitor seeking sun, surf, city bustle, or even skiing, hiking or biking in the Atlas Mountains. After strengthening last year, the Moroccan Dirham has weakened so your pounds will buy you more mint tea and carpets than they used to. Marrakesh makes a great long weekend break, and the Agadir region on the West coast is favoured by water sports enthusiasts for great wind, waves and weather. Find cheap flights to Morocco.
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