Local price falls in half of the 30 destinations surveyed by long haul holiday specialist Travelbag for the 12th annual Post Office Travel Money Long Haul Holiday Report will help to cushion the impact of the weak pound. However, holidaymakers planning winter sun breaks can expect to pay more than a year ago in over three-quarters of the resorts and cities surveyed for the report. The Post Office therefore recommends careful holiday planning to find a holiday hotspot that will deliver the best overall value.

Key findings include:

The city skyline at night

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has overtaken Cape Town, South Africa to regain its position as the cheapest long haul destination. Prices in the Japanese capital are under a third of those in the Seychelles, this year’s most expensive destination.

View of the harbor on a sunny blue day, with a backdrop of the mountain

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town and Bali are runners up in the barometer table, although prices have risen by over 10 per cent in both of them. By contrast, visitors to Hoi An in Vietnam, now fourth-placed in the survey, will find that prices have fallen by almost two per cent since last year and are only £3 higher than in Bali

Row of sun loungers and watch tower with cost guard inside on a beach in Bali facing Indonesian sea

Bali, Indonesia

The biggest fall over the past 12 months has been in Antigua, where prices are 28 per cent lower than a year ago. This year’s survey was conducted in the island capital St John, which offers cheaper prices than Jolly Beach, the resort featured in 2018. Elsewhere in the Caribbean prices have fallen by 2.6 per cent in St Lucia (Rodney Bay) and 3.4 per cent in Tobago (Scarborough).

Other destinations where prices will be lower for UK visitors include Dubai (Jumeirah Beach), where they have fallen nine per cent, and Mauritius (Grand Baie), where they are down over two per cent.

Source: Post Office. Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 on 5 September 2019.

The Post Office Long Haul Report barometer table is compiled from a combination of data supplied by the long haul specialist Travelbag and national or regional tourist offices of participating countries, except New York, which was researched online. Resorts featured are chosen as representative of the prices that UK holidaymakers will generally find in the country/destination. Random online checks were made to authenticate these prices.

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African and Middle Eastern destinations

Cape Town, South Africa Total cost: £60.58
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.45 £1.62 £1.16 £3.19 £3.77
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.58 £0.75 £8.70 £4.06 £35.30

 

Mombasa, Kenya Total cost: £74.84
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.79 £3.20 £1.49 £4.70 £5.12
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.77 £0.68 £11.10 £0.73 £45.26

 

Grand Baie, Mauritius Total cost: £111.04
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£2.33 £3.68 £2.04 £4.29 £8.34
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.54 £0.64 £14.97 £3.44 £70.77

 

Jumeirah, Dubai Total cost: £149.71
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.85 £9.27 £2.55 £11.12 £11.12
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.50 £0.23 £10.02 £5.27 £97.78

 

City Centre, Abu Dhabi Total cost: £175.18
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£5.79 £8.11 £3.48 £12.74 £15.06
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.70 £0.70 £8.11 £6.95 £113.54

 

Mahé, Seychelles Total cost: £188.06
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£3.97 £5.30 £4.30 £6.29 £6.29
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£3.31 £1.32 £19.87 £14.90 £122.51

American & Caribbean destinations

Cancun, Mexico Total cost: £81.70
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.77 £1.11 £1.11 £4.87 £5.32
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.66 £0.93 £13.29 £6.65 £45.99

 

St John, Antigua Total cost: £82.48
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£2.62 £1.63 £1.63 £3.27 £5.23
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.98 £1.63 £7.63 £4.89 £52.97

 

Orlando, USA Total cost: £86.90
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.58 £4.17 £2.08 £5.00 £6.08
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.74 £1.67 £6.67 £4.17 £54.74

 

Rodney Bay, St Lucia Total cost: £110.45
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£2.29 £1.96 £1.06 £5.39 £7.36
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.70 £0.73 £8.09 £4.40 £78.47

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Total cost: £111.10
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.76 £3.31 £1.98 £5.51 £5.51
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.88 £0.66 £8.82 £13.23 £69.44

 

Vancouver, Canada Total cost: £115.06
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.83 £4.52 £1.81 £6.14 £6.30
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.03 £1.56 £9.04 £5.49 £77.34

 

Montego Bay, Jamaica Total cost: £115.82
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£3.21 £5.05 £2.33 £5.89 £7.80
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.04 £0.78 £14.31 £9.06 £66.35

 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica Total cost: £116.88
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£1.76 £2.92 £1.60 £6.07 £5.75
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.18 £2.08 £10.09 £6.30 £79.13

 

Scarborough, Tobago Total cost: £122.02
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£2.31 £1.78 £1.19 £5.27 £7.25
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.19 £1.25 £10.54 £3.62 £87.62

 

Lima, Peru Total cost: £123.17
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£3.19 £2.66 £1.60 £4.26 £5.05
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.60 £1.60 £13.30 £6.65 £83.26

 

New York, USA Total cost: £135.99
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£2.45 £5.79 £2.71 £8.34 £9.59
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.83 £1.66 £10.00 £6.08 £87.54

 

Santiago, Chile Total cost: £136.47
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£4.25 £4.87 £2.62 £4.75 £5.00
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.44 £1.87 £17.36 £14.99 £79.32

 

St James, Barbados Total cost: £179.13
Coffee Beer Cola Glass of wine Cocktail
£3.55 £3.55 £2.66 £7.98 £7.98
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.09 £2.00 £14.19 £11.09 £125.04

Asian & Australasian destinations

Tokyo, Japan Total cost: £60.11
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£1.68 £0.81 £0.73 £0.81 £3.47
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.85 £1.02 £4.75 £3.11 £42.88

 

Bali, Indonesia Total cost: £72.08
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£2.06 £1.91 £1.27 £4.57 £5.40
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.73 £0.51 £11.75 £0.68 £43.20

 

Hoi An, Vietnam Total cost: £74.70
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£1.80 £0.98 £0.78 £4.15 £7.82
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.95 £0.59 £4.69 £1.95 £49.99

 

Columbo, Sri Lanka Total cost: £80.17
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£1.76 £1.51 £1.51 £3.52 £5.03
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.75 £0.40 £5.53 £2.77 £57.39

 

Penang, Malaysia Total cost: £89.19
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£2.08 £3.33 £1.35 £4.79 £5.21
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£0.94 £0.63 £12.92 £2.71 £55.23

 

Delhi, India Total cost: £117.37
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£2.47 £4.15 £1.26 £10.07 £5.54
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.26 £1.26 £5.66 £2.52 £83.18

 

Phuket, Thailand Total cost: £118.27
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£1.71 £2.14 £0.86 £5.14 £5.14
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.00 £0.57 £5.28 £2.85 £93.58

 

Beijing, China Total cost: £118.98
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£4.70 £3.10 £1.86 £6.19 £12.38
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£2.48 £0.37 £9.90 £3.71 £74.29

 

Auckland, New Zealand Total cost: £124.20
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£2.69 £4.30 £2.69 £4.84 £6.99
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.08 £1.61 £7.53 £6.45 £86.02

 

Darwin, Australia Total cost: £132.52
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£2.81 £4.61 £1.93 £4.83 £9.22
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.21 £1.52 £9.65 £3.37 £93.37

 

China Town, Singapore Total cost: £133.17
Coffee Beer Cola Wine Cocktail
£1.13 £5.64 £1.57 £7.53 £10.65
Chocolate Water Sun lotion Insect repellent Family meal
£1.13 £1.22 £9.36 £5.61 £89.34

 

Source: Post Office. Data relates to internet rates of exchange of £500-£999 on 5 September 2019. The Post Office Long Hault Holiday Report barometer table is compiled from a combination of data supplied by the long haul specialist Travelbag cross-referenced with prices provided by national or regional tourist offices of participating countries except New York, for which prices were researched online. Resorts featured are chosen as representative of the prices that UK holidaymakers will generally find in the country/destination. Tandom online checks were made to authenticate these prices.