Best value destinations: where do you get more for your dollar?

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The oracle of all things budget travel, Skyscanner Australia, has analysed the average cost of flights, food and accommodation in a range of countries to find the best value destinations.

Although, across the board, flight prices have decreased by 10 per cent, the cost of flights to some cities has dropped while others have become more expensive. For example, in 2016, a flight to Phuket cost $789 and now costs $650. Other popular holiday hotspots becoming cheaper are Christchurch, Tokyo, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. However, flight costs to Bali, Los Angeles and New York are rising.

Next, Skyscanner examined the price of a day in these countries, by comparing the average cost of a night spent in a three-star hotel, three meals, two train trips and a bottle of water.

The least expensive places were Phuket ($46 per day), Bangkok ($55 per day) and Kuala Lumpur ($59 per day), while the priciest were Singapore ($306 per day), Tokyo ($226 per day) and Christchurch ($149 per day).

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Interestingly, flights to Singapore and Christchurch are fairly inexpensive, but you’ll certainly fork out once you hit the ground.

So, who was the overall winner?

A five-day holiday to Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Bangkok offer the best value by far. You’d spend around $867 to visit Kuala Lumpur, $880 to tour Phuket and $1060 to swing by Bangkok.

For the full breakdown, including the cost of beer and coffee, head to Skyscanner Australia.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 2
  1. 0

    It would be nice to do this for Australian destinations?

  2. 0

    It really depends on the sort of holiday you want, my wife and I love to travel, some of the best holidays we have had have been in Australia, we love going on coach trips and have done quite a few, Mungo national park was one of the most interesting, the best thing about coach trips is that they are usually fully catered and are quite inexpensive, also using your rail pass can save a fair bit. For overseas places we found Spain was very cheap, good bottles of wine were only 2 euros, depending on where you ate food was quite cheap, just stay away from the main tourist areas, we stayed in Calpe which is on the Costa Blanca



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