Cheap holidays: Best off the beaten track holidays for Summer 2018
Holidays off the beaten track have plenty of benefits and they don’t have to be more expensive or more difficult to organise than returning to the same destinations you know and love.
New research by online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com shows that 25 per cent of Britons tend to return to familiar holiday destinations when travelling with family.
What’s more, 6.7 per cent of UK families return to exactly the same holiday destination every single year.
With over-tourism becoming a growing issue in such famous cities as Venice, Dubrovnik, Santorini and Barcelona, it’s worth casting the net wider when organising holidays abroad and considering such countries as Morocco and Bulgaria.
Even though 42 per cent of surveyed Britons say they would like to explore new destinations with their families this summer, going to a new country is usually associated with uncertainty around costs of flights, hotels, and food.
Cheap breaks: Best off the beaten track holidays for Summer 2018
However, lastminute.com data suggests that discovering new destinations does not need to come at extra cost.
These lesser-known and budget-friendly destination still offer amazing beaches, food and historical sights.
The average summer holiday budget for a UK family is between £2,000 and £3,000 per week for two adults with two children, so each of lastminute.com’s suggestions includes the cost of flights, hotels, meals, beverages, and entertainment for a week.
A holiday to Albena in Bulgaria will cost a family of four just £2,638. Expect a family friendly beach with waterparks, bowling alleys and amusement parks.
Chania in Greece will cost £2,572. Here there is a beautiful 14th century port with colourful shops and waterfront restaurants.
Cheap holidays: Lastminute.com data shows discovering new places does not need to come at extra cost
The total cost of these family holidays starts at £2,007 for the family trip to Antalya Coast in Turkey. Tourism is growing rapidly in Antalya thanks to its fabulous beaches and traditional Turkish culture. It’s a hidden gem offering museum, beach parks and more.
Other budget-friendly destinations include Casablanca in Morocco for below £2,500. Casablanca has unique Moresque and French-Colonial style, not to mention delicious food and gorgeous beaches.
Also below £2,500 is Pescara in Italy, which is home to one of the biggest marinas in the Adriatic region and offers an enticing mix of nature, beautiful landscapes and water sports.
Holiday makers can also head to St Paul’s Bay in Malta for £2,564. This small Maltese village has stunning beaches, a National Aquarium and is near the capital city of Valletta.
The most expensive is a week in Algarve in Portugal, at £2,755. The Parque Natural Da Ria Famosa is a firm family favourite but the Algarve also offers breath-taking cliffs, golden beaches and hidden islands.
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Cheap holidays: Casablanca has Moresque and French-Colonial style, not to mention delicious food
“Travelling abroad as a family is getting easier and more affordable for everyone and summer is the right time to visit new places,” said Reigo Eljas, Country Director from lastminute.com.
“Old habits die hard though, and a high number of UK families still choose to return to the places they’ve been to previously.
“We want to encourage families to explore also alternative and new destinations for their next family break, and most of the time these can cost the same price as their old favourites.”
According to ONS travel trend data, Spain, France, and Italy have been topping the charts for the most visited holiday destinations by UK citizens for years now, even though travel to new countries is more affordable than ever.
Affordability plays a key role when choosing where to go: 17 per cent of respondents agreed that as long as it’s affordable, they don’t care where they go on summer holiday.