As our beloved pound takes a battering in the international exchange arena, you’ll need to go beyond the Eurozone to find the cheapest holiday deals this year. Skyscanner takes a look at the best value travel destinations, where euros are out and pounds still stretch.
Morocco – just a hop over the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco is great for summer beach fun. Aghazout and Agadir are already known to British surfers, the cities of Fez, Marrakech and Rabat provide intoxicating city break destinations, and the High Atlas Mountains offer hiking, biking and skiing for the outdoor inclined. Find cheap flights to Morocco
Croatia – an excellent summer destination for both relaxation and outdoorists. For active travellers, the Dalmatian coast offers a host of water sports including extensive yachting and sailing opportunities, and with over 1000 islands, there’s plenty of beach space for sunbathers too. Find cheap flights to Croatia.
Tunisia – a rising African star, this smallish country has a large Mediterranean coastline, offering golden beaches and deep blue seas, at lower prices than much of Europe. But it’s not all about lying around getting bronzed; Tunisia is a historical hot spot with several well preserved ancient Roman, Arab, Berber and Phoenician sites. Find cheap flights to Tunisia
Hungary – nicknamed the Hungarian sea, Lake Balaton is Central Europe’s largest lake and a popular summer haunt for Hungarians escaping the summer heat. Water sports are obviously in abundance here with sailing, fishing, kayaking and swimming in water that warms to a pleasant 27C during midsummer, yet offers ice skating mid-winter. City slickers can get into hot water at one of Budapest’s opulent bath houses before hitting the town to sample some Hungarian hedonism. Find cheap flights to Hungary
Bulgaria – a long time favourite with the Brits in both summer and winter, Bulgaria’s ski and beach resorts are likely to benefit from the euro’s strength by gaining an even larger slice of the British holiday market this year. Mountain resorts like Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo continue to provide British skiers with lively après ski and good intermediate skiing, whilst beach spots like Primorsko and Sozopol keep the sun seekers happy. Find cheap flights to Bulgaria
Turkey – already a popular beach destination for British travellers, Turkey stands win even more visitors in 2009. Choose from either the Black Sea or Aegean Sea coastline, quiet villages in rural turkey or the intoxicating cities of Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir. And don’t forget Turkey has great skiing opportunities in the Taurus and North Anatolian Mountains too. Find cheap flights to Turkey
Egypt – interest in what has always been a popular beach and diving destination is likely to grow even more this year, especially in resorts on the Red Sea, which is an established holiday destination, offering the closest tropical diving to Europe. Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the best known dive bases in the country with excellent options for learners as well as experienced divers who can go on advanced wreck dives, night dives or multi-day dive expeditions. Find cheap flights to Egypt
India – although further from home than European cheap travel spots, India continues to lure thousands of British travellers each year. It’s not just students on the hippy trail ‘finding themselves’ either; India’s beach resorts in Goa and Kerala are gaining an ever growing slice of the family holiday market and Kashmir’s premier ski resort, Gulmarg – "playground of the Himalayas", is creating a real buzz across the global snow sports fraternity, offering amazing powder and a crazy cultural adventure. Find cheap flights to India
UK – here’s a novel idea; why bother leaving the motherland at all? After all, the pound is still worth £1 in the UK. Be a tourist in your own country and explore some of the many gems of Great Britain. Take a trip to Orkney, The Isle of Man, The Big Smoke of London, beautiful Edinburgh, the stunning Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland or Snowdonia national park in Wales. Find cheap flights within the UK