Family holiday report 2019

Family Holiday Report

  • Prices fall in over half the European resorts surveyed
  • Algarve is cheapest of 11 Eurozone destinations
  • Big cost variations across the Eurozone revealed

Family Holiday Report 2021

After so many months of travel restrictions and uncertainty, we’ve looked at how families can get away on their annual holidays again and how to do so for the best value.

The 2021 Post Office Family Holiday Report has found that the appetite for overseas travel hasn’t dimmed. Over a third of families are planning a European beach holiday this year, with 44% budgeting for rising resort costs and coronavirus-related expenses.

But our report has found that, by choosing carefully, holidaymakers can save hundreds of pounds. Following trends that we saw before the pandemic, the region’s best-value resorts are in Turkey and Bulgaria, with the cheapest options coming in at a third of the costs of more popular Eurozone resorts.

The report includes the Post Office Beach Barometer, which compares prices for 12 items across 14 resorts including a meal, drinks and family beach items.

Key findings:

  • Within the eurozone, the best value beach items can be found in the Algarve. Prices in the popular Portuguese resort are 1.5 per cent lower than in summer 2019.

  • Enormous savings to be made by visiting Marmaris in Turkey and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria with prices falling 24.4% and 16.5% respectively since July 2019.
  • At the other end, Cote d’Azur favourite Nice is the most expensive destination, which is a price rise of 10.7%
  • Prices have fallen in over half of the destinations surveyed, largely due to strong sterling performance

If you’re planning on travelling to get some beach sun when restrictions allow, always make sure you’re doing so safely. It’s important, more than ever, to take good travel insurance with you and follow local government guidelines.

Sticking to a budget on holiday isn’t much fun – in fact, three-quarters of those who set a budget overspent by an average of nearly £262 (or 39%) on their last family holiday. But however you want to do it, you can get your travel money easily with us. As the UK’s leading foreign currency provider, we’ve a raft of options for your travel cash. You can order online for same-day collection in-branch if you’re buying dollars or euros*, or opt for next-day delivery. Around 7,000 branches offer over-the-counter euros without the need to pre-order, and 3,600 larger branches stock leading currencies. If you can’t get out, we’ve got you covered with our home delivery service.

And if you prefer not to carry cash, there’s the simple and secure Travel Money Card option. Pay anywhere you see the Mastercard™ symbol, including with contactless payment, and switch between 23 currencies easily using our app.

*Applies to orders made before 2pm Monday to Friday and 1pm on Saturday. Excludes bank holidays.

Top 5 most affordable beach holiday destinations
Sunny Beach
Bucket & spade £2.29 £2.33 £4.33 £3.93 £4.33
Inflatable lilo £2.74 £4.65 £6.11 £6.12 £3.93
Mask and snorkel set £2.74 £4.65 £3.93 £11.37 £10.45
Suncream £5.49 £2.33 £6.12 £7.43 £6.15
Insect Repellent £3.11 £1.40 £5.06 £5.25 £3.33
Ice-cream (Mars/Magnum) £0.69 £0.93 £1.57 £1.52 £0.69
Sun-lounger (half day) £0.00 £2.79 £8.74 £1.49 £2.19
Water ride (pedalo or banana boat) £7.31 £16.29 £13.11 £3.50 £13.11
Bottle of beer/lager (café/bar) £1.83 £0.47 £1.05 £1.75 £2.10
Bottle/can Coca-Cola (café/bar) £0.73 £0.60 £1.31 £1.75 £2.19
Glass of wine £2.97 £1.16 £1.09 £3.80 £2.54
3-course family meal incl. wine/soft drinks £28.90 £28.62 £43.09 £62.16 £62.07
TOTAL COSTS £58.80 £66.22 £95.51 £110.07 £113.08
% rise/fall in prices since July 2019 -24.4% -16.5% -1.5% N/A -16.7%

For more information on the beach barometer across all 14 resorts, you can read our full report.

Source: Prices were supplied by National and Regional Tourist Offices of participating countries, except for Bulgaria (Balkan Holidays) and Corfu, Lanzarote and Majorca, researched online. Prices are based on 15 July exchange rate for a £500 online transaction.


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