Poll Shows Beach Holiday Abroad 25 Percent Cheaper than London during Olympics

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5th June 2012 15:38 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

A poll of more than 2,000 adults by M&S Money has found that many Britons plan beach getaways during the first week of the Olympics as opposed to staying in London.

This decision will see people saving 25% - while a beach trip to popular overseas destinations will cost an average of £1,298 in the week from July 28 to August 4, the same week in London, including spending money, will set Britons back on average £1,631.

The survey also found that some the lowest prices for a seven-day break among 10 popular destinations abroad are Alicante in Spain at £927 and Bodrum in Turkey at £1,102.

Very few destinations were more expensive than staying in London for a week – these were Bridgetown in Barbados (£1,836) and Daytona Beach in Florida (£2,034).

M&S said the cost of staying in London is particularly high during the Olympics because of the large amount of spending money needed, which was set at £596 a week on average.

Meanwhile, many of the people polled said that they are setting their holiday spending money at a budget of £287 per week.

Jane Lawson, M&S Money's Travel Money Head, commented: "With the cost of activities and eating out in the UK relatively high and favourable foreign exchange rates helping to make your money go further abroad, a holiday at home is not always the most affordable option."

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