Great deals available on package holidays on the Med

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Car Rental News - 26/07/2010


Some last-minute travel deals are up to a third cheaper than last year.

Many Brits are staying at home this year, either by choice or because of lack of funds. Those who are heading abroad, however, stand to enjoy the benefits of reduced demand coupled with improved exchange rates.

The great annual summer holidays are kicking off but, amidst economic instability, the UK is experiencing a boom in stay-at-home holidays, known as ‘staycations’. For those British holidaymakers still heading to foreign countries, some pleasant surprises may lay in wait. Improved exchange rates and lower prices in Europe mean many of the costs associated with being on holiday – shopping, eating and car hire, for example – could be noticeably cheaper than in recent years.

In addition, many last-minute travel deals to destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean are up to a third cheaper than last year. This is the finding of research conducted by Co-Operative Travel. For example, the average price for a family holiday in Paphos, Cyprus, was found to be 34% cheaper than last year. Holidays in Crete were found to be 29% cheaper, Zante was 29% less than in 2009, and Turkey vacations worked out almost a quarter off last year’s prices.

Some 1.9 million Brits are expected to head abroad this weekend. Travel organization ABTA says 440,000 will be heading off between this Friday and Monday through Heathrow, 250,000 via Gatwick, 139,000 through Stansted, and 65,000 each from Birmingham and Luton. The most popular long-haul destinations are Florida and Dubai. Those on short-haul breaks are most likely to head for Turkey, Egypt, Greece, mainland Spain, and the Canary and Balearic islands.

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