What could be cheaper this summer – a stay or a holiday abroad? We compare prices for places to stay including Cornwall and Devon as well as Spain, Turkey, Portugal and France
The holidays are back and for the first time in two years Britons have more choice than ever when it comes to getaways.
While UK holidays reigned supreme last summer due to travel rules and ongoing Covid lockdowns, this year many overseas hotspots are welcoming Britons, including Spain, Turkey, France, Greece and Portugal are open to Britons again.
Although British travelers splurge on revenge holidays to make up for lost time, if you’re looking for holiday deals, it’s worth comparing stays and trips abroad.
But which is the cheapest? After all, UK holidays have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, which means price hikes in destinations like the Lake District, Cornwall and Devon. However, the travel industry has been impacted due to restrictions, so there may be similar rates when it comes to traveling abroad; Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has previously warned of rising flight costs.
Still, the good news is that there are bargains to be found on both sides.
We’ve done the work for you and compared overseas and UK holiday prices for key holiday months.
Check out our top picks below…
Outside of school holidays, there are similar price options, whether you’re planning a UK mini-break or wanting to head out into the sun. (We have a guide to the best hot and sunny spots in June to give you a dose of inspiration).
For example, Warner Leisure Hotels offers all-inclusive Isle of Wight breaks from £149 pp for three nights. By comparison, TUI offers Greece holidays from £169 pp for three nights, although this is on a self-catering basis.
We also looked at hotels and were able to find staycations in Cornwall from £75 a night on Booking.com, including breakfast. Meanwhile on Tripadvisor there were hotels in Devon from £67 a night, although it should be noted that breakfast is not always included.
Interestingly, if you’re looking for hotels in these hotspots, a vacation abroad might actually be more beneficial overall.
For the same weeks, a TravelSupermarket search found holidays from £289 pp, including Tenerife – based on seven nights and including flights. This equates to around £41 pp per night, making it a cheaper option than staycations in Cornwall.
Accommodation was similar. Airbnb offers stays from £48 a night up to £180 for June, but when we compared to France there were prices ranging from £42 to £227 so there was plenty of scope to take advantage of a similar budget.
Of course, you still have to fly to France – but Skyscanner has shown there are return flights from £14 to Paris available in June, so it’s still possible to visit on a budget.
Holidays in the UK are cheaper in June and there are tempting deals for hotspots if you want to avoid the school holiday season. However, if you have a bit of a budget to play with and want to go abroad, it’s not a huge difference in cost, and in some cases it can be more beneficial.
In this case, we are comparing prices on dates outside school holidays, based on departures before July 22, when most schools close. (If you are making comparisons after school holidays, these can be found in the next section).
If you’re looking for a staycation, you won’t be stuck for the bargains.
Holiday park giant Haven is offering holidays from £109 in Essex, £159 in Yorkshire and Somerset and prices from £169 in Dorset, all for the first few weeks of July, which includes a pass to access the likes of pools and entertainment.
If you’re looking for a budget hotel, Travelodge has plenty of rooms under £70 – in fact when we looked around we found Cornwall to stay from £54 a night and Devon from from £44 a night.
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Holidays abroad are more expensive for the same weeks, but the good news is that there are still deals to be found as it is outside school holidays.
For example, Mirror Holidays has deals such as Malta from £256 pp, Tenerife from £272 pp and Mallorca from £339 pp, while Loveholidays has plenty of breaks under £200 pp. person, notably in Portugal, France and Spain, on the basis of two traveling adults.
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful break, UK holidays offer the best rates for July – but there are great deals for Spain, Portugal and France if you want to go abroad.
Summer school holidays – July and August
School holidays inevitably lead to price hikes, so you’re unlikely to find cheap deals for late July and throughout August.
However, when it comes to cheaper vacations, vacationing abroad might actually be your best bet.
We searched for seven-night stays for a family of four in the UK over the school holidays and found Haven Holidays from £806, Butlin’s from £928 and Parkdean Resorts in Cornwall from £999.
For hotel stays only, we looked on Hotels.com for a week in August and found hotels in the Lake District from £1,273, Devon from £834, Brighton from £1,313 and the Peak District from £698.
By comparison, TUI offers all-inclusive holidays to Spain from £597 pp, On the Beach offers holidays to Portugal from £505 pp, while easyJet Holidays offers holidays to Greece from £558 pp. person and Mirror Holidays offer holidays in Cyprus from £538 pp.
If you are looking for holiday parks, Eurocamp offers summer holidays from £711 pp including France, Italy, Croatia and Spain.
For the summer school holidays, you can get more for your money by going abroad, including some of the popular destinations.
Additional costs to consider
If you are not vaccinated and a country is open to the British you will probably need a Covid test to be able to go on holiday. Many countries waive this requirement for children under 12. Check the Foreign Office’s travel advice for your destination of choice.
Antigen tests can start from £11 per person with TUI holiday packages, and most airlines offer discounts if you’re planning a trip.
Package holidays usually include hotel transfers, but if you book flights and accommodation separately, don’t forget to factor in the cost of getting from the airport to your hotel!
For UK holidays, you may choose to travel by car, but if you plan to travel by train, book ahead to avoid being hit with high fares a few weeks before your trip.