When it comes to travelling long haul, the best value can be found in Sri Lanka, according to the UK Post Office Long haul report. When looking at a typical ‘basket’ of 10 items, including a bottle of water, a beer, suncream, insect repellant postcards and a three-course meal for two with wine, Sri Lanka came out as the best-value destination for the second year in a row. Thailand followed, with a drop in local prices balancing out the weak sterling exchange rate, with Vietnam close behind.
Prices are down by a third on the Indian Ocean island, making it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travellers seeking winter sun. The drop in prices makes Sri Lanka 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, its nearest rival on the list of affordable long haul holiday spots.
The travel report by the Post Office found prices have fallen in over two-thirds of popular destinations, with a 27 per cent drop in South Africa after the World Cup-related boom.