New research has revealed that for many people in Britain, even enjoying just one holiday per year is something of a luxury in the face of frozen wages and benefits cuts. The ICM poll for the Daily Mirror also found that almost 40% of people haven’t had a holiday abroad for more than three years which, given the unpredictably of the British weather and the wealth of great destinations right on Britain’s doorstep, is a real shame.
However, going abroad needn’t be a wallet busting experience – in fact, taking a holiday to Turkey in particular will give you the opportunity to enjoy two weeks in the sun without going into the red. Although, I can’t promise that your skin won’t end up that shade if you decide to forgo suntan lotion, as Turkey’s coast can get smoking hot in the summer months!
Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why holidays in Turkey won’t break the bank, from travel to activities:
Favourable exchange rate
The pound has been steadily gaining against the Turkish lira over the past few years, meaning that Brits are currently getting plenty of bang for their buck.
In 2009, the exchange rate was around 2.4 lira to the pound, but this has since increased markedly and is now edging up towards 3.2 for every quid you hand over at the bureau de change.
Considering that Turkey is around a four hour flight from the UK, you can pick up a return ticket to popular destinations such as Antalya and Bodrum for less than £150 per adult – not much more than a long-distance train ticket and most likely cheaper than hiring a car in Britain if you’re taking a staycation.
Turkey is a hugely popular destination, meaning that there are now a vast range of hotels dotted along the coast, from luxury retreats to value-for-money resorts that are favourites with families.
Low day-to-day expenses
Earlier this year, Turkey placed inside the top ten best value countries on the Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer after Post Office Travel Money found that the average cost for a basket of eight items, including an evening meal with drinks, had fallen by 16 per cent.
These cheap day-to-day costs combined with a good exchange rate mean you can enjoy eating out throughout your trip without having to worry about your credit card bill when you get back home.
As a country blessed with an extensive stretch of beautiful coastline, one of the main draws of a holiday in Turkey is the chance to soak up the sun on a clean, sandy beach without having to spend a single lira, apart from perhaps to hire a parasol or some snorkelling gear.
The sea is also lovely in warm, so you can go for for a swim, while the rugged coastline is lovely to walk along and gaze out over the sparkling blue water.
Hopefully this has inspired you to take that first foreign break for some time or convinced you that holidaying needn’t be classed as a luxury you can do without. Everyone needs to take a proper break from the stresses and strains of everyday life, and there’s no better (or cheaper) place to do it than sunny Turkey, where the sand is white, the sea is blue and the food is delicious.