Travel and holidays

Best value long haul destinations

British summer is just about here and once again we’ve donned our colourful shorts and flip flops, generously applied the sun cream and dusted off those rusty BBQS, only to be greeted with rain.

For those on a budget, escaping the British weather this summer might feel like nothing but a dream. But with low cost flights, that sun-soaked holiday you’ve been hoping for may not be as out of reach as you think.

One of the biggest factors to consider when planning your trip, is the cost of hotels, transport and other holiday essentials whilst you’re there. We’ve* taken a closer look at some prices across some of the top holiday destinations so you can work out how to budget for these and make your money go further this year.

Cape Town- South Africa

Nestled in the south western corner of Africa, Cape Town is a city like no other and considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Soak up your surroundings and admire the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain whilst enjoying a meal for two for just £22.00 in a medium priced restaurant.


Wander around the old town alleyways, try out your bartering techniques in the maze of souks or visit some of the extravagant palaces. It's easy to see why so many visitors are captivated by Marrakech. Luckily this city is one of the cheapest to get around quickly, with a bus ticket costing just £0.27 and a taxi just £2.48 per 5 mile journey.

Siem Reap- Cambodia

Siem Reap does not disappoint, after setting off early for a stunning sunrise tour of the Angkor temples and spending a long day exploring the beautiful ancient architecture, you’ll be eager to head back to your 3* hotel, which’ll cost an average of only £28.17 a night.

Chiang Mai- Thailand

As southern Thailand is hit with hefty price tags, those prepared to travel a little further north will make their money go further. With its long, leafy boulevards, Chiang Mai offers an affordable alternative in the mountainous north. Spend the day filling up your suitcase on a shopping trip, where you can pick up a pair of Levi 501 Jeans for as little as £22.00. Then make your way to the theatre, where two of you can enjoy an evening’s entertainment in top priced seats for just £13.00.

Rome- Italy

With a flight time of under three hours and coastal towns within an hour’s reach of the city, Rome makes the perfect sun-soaked destination. Most surprisingly, it also offers some of the most affordable holiday essentials around: a bottle of water costs just £0.66 whilst a loaf of bread will set you back £0.73.

This post was contributed by Performics, who write financial articles on behalf of Natwest.

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