Beach breaks 'cheaper than London'
Jun 05 2012
Beach breaks abroad will leave Britons an average of 25% better off than a stay in London during the first week of the Olympics, according to a survey.
A bucket-and-spade trip to popular overseas destinations will cost an average of £1,298 in the week from July 28 to August 4, the survey by M&S Money found.
In contrast, the same week in London, including spending money, will set Britons back by around £1,631.
The lowest price among the 10 destinations surveyed was Alicante in Spain at £927, while a seven-day break to Bodrum in Turkey would cost £1,102. The only destinations surveyed that were more expensive than London were Bridgetown in Barbados (£1,836) and Daytona Beach in Florida (£2,034).
M&S said the London figure was high due to the large amount of spending money needed - £596 a week.
The survey included the polling of more than 2,000 adults taking a holiday this summer.
A total of 54% plan to holiday in the UK this summer, with a quarter of these saying they are doing so to save money. Of those taking a break in the UK, 21% are opting for a seaside holiday, with 28% of those going abroad intending to have a beach trip.
Those taking trips are budgeting on £341 spending money per person per day, or £287 a week.
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