Foreign holidays 'could be cheaper than a UK break'

People who were planning to stay in the UK this summer may be tempted overseas by the news that holidaying abroad could be cheaper.

Travel firm Thomas Cook carried out a comparative study of living costs in a number of popular holiday destinations and found that many are cheaper than Britain.

For example, a pint of beer in Bulgaria can cost as little as 1.20, while the equivalent in the UK would set a person back 3.20.

Similarly, a three-course meal and a cup of coffee in Goa would cost a holidaymaker 7 and 20p respectively - compared with 22.15 and 2.15 in Britain.

Pete Constanti, spokesperson for Thomas Cook, commented: "There are some fantastic value for money deals available on both holidays and foreign exchange."

He added that if people want to cut costs further, they could benefit from shortening the length of their break slightly.

This comes after research by online travel agent On the Beach found that 92 per cent of British consumers are planning to go on holiday this summer.

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