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Majorca & New York Most Popular Destinations for Brits This Summer But Ibiza And San Francisco Offer Best Bargains, TripAdvisor Data Reveals

LONDON, UK, 15 May 2018 – Majorca and New York are the most popular short and long haul destinations for Brits travelling abroad this summer, according to the travel and booking site, TripAdvisor.

Spain boasts five of the top 10 short-haul destinations: Majorca, Tenerife, Benidorm, Ibiza and Lanzarote, which take first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth place.

 

On the long-haul list, five destinations in the Americas dominate the top 10 with New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Cancun taking first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively.

 

The TripAdvisor Summer Holiday Value report published today has revealed the top 10 long-haul and short-haul destinations for British holiday-goers this summer, based on destinations seeing the highest interest by UK travellers on TripAdvisor in 2018, along with the average one-week holiday costs for hotels and airfares. The report helps travellers discover savings at popular travel destinations by highlighting the least expensive week to visit.

 

Short-haul: Ibiza offers best bargain

When comparing the average cost of a week’s holiday among the top ten short-haul destinations, across the whole of the summer season, Benidorm is the cheapest overall, both for the average cost of a week’s holiday (£1,149) and when considering individual dates over the summer (£899 if travelling the first week of June). However, if evaluating where travellers can save the most this summer by avoiding peak travel dates, it is actually Ibiza that offers the best savings for Brits who choose their dates wisely.

 

While Ibiza is one of the most expensive destinations overall, travellers who book a trip to travel between 28 May – 4 June stand to save a huge 55% compared with the most expensive week of 6 – 13 August, which makes the popular island resort significantly more affordable.

 

Long-haul: Biggest savings found in San Francisco and Ko Samui

When looking at the top ten long-haul destinations, Phuket offers the best value overall, both for the average cost of a week’s holiday (£1,109) and when considering individual dates over the summer (£1,058 if travelling the first week of June). However, while Phuket is the cheapest long haul destination, the savings made between the least expensive period (28 May – 4 June) and most expensive period (2 July – 9 July) are not hugely significant at 7%.

 

For travellers able to stretch their budget, as is the case with the long-haul destinations, while San Francisco is the most expensive destination, it does offer travellers the biggest savings if travelling at the right time. A trip to San Francisco during the least expensive week of 28 May – 4 June will cost £2,313 versus £2,950 during the most expensive week of 16 – 23 July – a saving of 28%. Ko Samui in Thailand also offers travellers a saving of 28% if travelling 28 May – 4 June versus its most expensive week of 13 – 20 August.

 

“This report highlights just how much of a difference financially it can make to choose your dates of travel carefully when planning a summer trip – the least expensive week in the summer period versus the most expensive week can mean huge savings. For example, travellers who book a trip to Ibiza on TripAdvisor for the first week of June instead of the beginning of August can save a staggering £883 – that’s almost the cost of a whole week in Benidorm – two holidays for the price of one!” advised Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

 

Top 10 Short-Haul Summer Destinations and Average Summer Costs

 

Rank

Popular summer destinations 20181

Average nightly hotel rate3

Average roundtrip airfare4

Average cost of one week’s trip (7 nights) (hotel and flight combined) 5

Least Expensive week (LEW) to travel

Cost of Least expensive week (7 nights) (hotel and flight combined)6

Percentage saving by travelling on LEW7

1

Majorca

£203

£107

£1526

28 May – 4 June

£1318

26%

2

Tenerife

£145

£179

£1193

04 June – 11 June

£1037

27%

3

Crete

£154

£205

£1284

28 May – 4 June

£1032

39%

4

Benidorm

£151

£92

£1149

28 May – 4 June

£899

47%

5

Ibiza

£289

£119

£2144

28 May – 4 June

£1607

55%

6

Lanzarote

£140

£186

£1168

28 May – 4 June

£982

32%

7

Amsterdam

£219

£149

£1683

20 Aug – 27 Aug

£1518

34%

8

Rhodes

£170

£218

£1405

28 May – 4 June

£1115

40%

9

Santorini

£351

£307

£2765

28 May – 4 June

£2562

13%

10

Albufeira

£196

£140

£1511

11 June – 18 June

£1184

49%

 

Top 10 Long-Haul Summer Destinations and Average Summer Costs

 

Rank

Popular summer destinations 20182

Average nightly hotel rate

Average roundtrip airfare

Average cost of one week’s trip (7 nights) (hotel and flight combined)

Least Expensive week (LEW) to travel

Cost of Least expensive week (7 nights) (hotel and flight combined)

Percentage saving by travelling on LEW

1

New York City

£283

£360

£2343

02 July – 9 July

£2123

22%

2

Dubai

£136

£284

£1234

28 May – 4 June

£1111

20%

3

Orlando

£177

£414

£1655

20 Aug – 27 Aug

£1546

16%

4

Las Vegas

£156

£640

£1733

20 Aug – 27 Aug

£1642

13%

5

San Francisco

£309

£446

£2607

28 May – 4 June

£2313

28%

6

Cancun

£172

£389

£1590

27 Aug – 3 Sept

£1436

19%

7

Phuket

£91

£471

£1109

28 May – 4 June

£1058

7%

8

Ko Samui

£143

£697

£1696

28 May – 4 June

£1455

28%

9

Punta Cana

£277

£511

£2452

27 Aug – 3 Sept

£2238

15%

10

Barbados

£220

£534

£2077

27 Aug – 3 Sept

£1975

13%

 

 

Methodology:

1Top short-haul destinations for UK travellers for summer (1 June, 2018 — 31 August, 2018) according to destinations seeing the highest interest by UK travellers on TripAdvisor in 2018. All hotel and airfare prices are based on trips departing and returning between 1 June and 31 August, 2018.

2Top long-haul destinations for UK travellers for summer (1 June, 2018 — 31 August, 2018) according to destinations seeing the highest interest by UK travellers on TripAdvisor in 2018. All hotel and airfare prices are based on trips departing and returning between 1 June and 31 August, 2018.

 

3Avg. Nightly Hotel Rate is the average cost of a one-night stay in a 3-5 star hotel with a minimum bubble rating of 4 out of 5, available on TripAdvisor.

 

4Avg. Airfare includes the average roundtrip price to the nearest major airport in each destination based on searches conducted through TripAdvisor Flights.

 

5Average costs to visit the top summer travel destinations are representative of a one-week trip including a seven-night hotel stay and roundtrip average airfare from London airports.

 

6Least Expensive Summer Week to Visit is based on the average summer hotel rate during the least expensive summer week for a seven-night stay and roundtrip airfare.

 

7Percent savings were determined by comparing the cost of the least expensive summer week versus the most expensive summer week to visit each destination.

 

 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site*, enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants -- TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

 

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* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, October 2017

 

** Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

 

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