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5 budget holiday destinations for 2013

If you’re looking to finally take that much needed vacation that you’ve been putting off, then 2013 could be your year. A recent survey by the Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer indicates that, in 2013, the price of a holiday is down in over a third of destinations surveyed.

So, whether you’re going to be taking a short break, or a more adventurous budget trip further afield, why not consider one these five budget holiday destinations in 2013?


1.   Turkey

Turkey is a country that is fighting hard to attract holiday makers, so if you’re on a budget, and looking for some sun not too far from home, Turkey could be the answer to your prayers.

The Post Office survey reveals that meal prices are down 22% in Turkey, making it extremely affordable to the budget conscious. In addition, the growing resort of Altinkum, close to the Aegean Sea, offers holidaymakers access to stunning beaches, as well as a touch of history, with the nearby ruins of the Ionian city of Didyma, as well as the ancient Temple of Apollo, easily accessible. With great offers available on apartments, such as the Mutlu Apartments, holidaymakers can ensure that they’re also right in the heart of the action, close to the beach and resort amenities.


2.   The Czech Republic
If you’re looking for a cheap, weekend getaway, then Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, continues to be a favourite amongst budget travellers in 2013. And with the overall cost of a weekend trip to Prague almost half that of some of the other more popular European destinations, such as Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, it’s easy to see why.

Whether you’re attracted by the historical sites, such as the 1,000 year old Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock, are more into your contemporary art, or are just looking forward to unwinding with a pint of the city’s famous Kozel’s Medium pale lager, Prague has something to offer every budget traveller. 


3.   Egypt
Egypt could just be the place for you, if you’re looking for a winter sun holiday, at a fantastic price, in 2013. A little further to travel than some of our European destinations, but not as far as our long haul picks, resorts like Sharm el Sheikh are great value for money for the mid-haul traveller.

With winter temperatures in excess of 25° C, Sharm el Sheikh, situated close to the Red Sea, offers budget holidaymakers access to some of the most stunning underwater scenery that you will find anywhere in the world. It’s a scuba divers paradise, without the traditionally high price tag.  


4.   Cambodia

For the more adventurous among you, Cambodia is certainly an option worth considering in 2013. While prices have increased over the last decade or more, Cambodia continues to attract budget travellers by the thousands each year.

Beach lovers can hit the white sand beaches and warm waters of Sihanoukville, on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, while those more enchanted by the country’s history can visit sites such as the breathtaking Angkor Wat temple. From the hustle and bustle of the country’s capital, Phnom Penh City, through to the peaceful serenity of Rattanakiri, Cambodia is a budget destination truly worth going that extra mile to see.


5.   Sri Lanka

It may be some distance to fly, but if you’re looking for a great value holiday destination in 2013, then Sri Lanka was the number one pick of the 42 destinations surveyed in the Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer.

Located in the Indian Ocean, in South Asia, Sri Lanka is a country that is steeped in history. There are few places on earth that offer the budget holidaymaker such variety. With its Buddhist traditions, abundance of wildlife, untouched beaches and astounding natural beauty, it’s easy to see why Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular pick for the more adventurous budget traveller.

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