The team at Promotion Codes reveal how going off the beaten track could save you a bundle on your honeymoon…
Whether you’re looking for your dream honeymoon or a fun-filled hen/stag party package, the costs of going abroad can soon spiral, especially if you’re going to a popular destination – but don’t panic! Research carried out this month by the money saving team at promotionalcodes.org.uk, has revealed that ditching popular destinations like Rome, Dubai or Athens for lesser-known tourist spots like Nimes, Oman or Dubrovnik could save you a fortune!
They compared prices of a night’s stay in four star hotels across twenty different locations and found that less popular locations, that offer the same experience, are in some cases £100 cheaper.
Darren Williams from the site said: “You can still have a sunny getaway or jam-packed adventure trip without having to go to the iconic locations. Going off the beaten track means that they are less crowded and in general food, drink and tourist attraction prices will be more reasonable”.
So, whether it’s for your honeymoon or hen/stag weekend, here are ten popular holiday destinations and their less expensive alternatives…
1. A historic trip: Athens versus Dubrovnik
ATHENS: £175 per night
DUBROVNIK: £109 per night
If you are looking for a cultural getaway, ditch Greece and try going to Croatia. Dubrovnik’s city walls are perfect for those looking to delve into the past and you can hop over the Dalmatian coast’s beautiful islands for some sun and sand.
2. The lap of luxury: Dubai versus Oman
DUBAI: £208 per night
OMAN: £137 per night
If the mystique of the Middle East is drawing you in but you’re strapped for cash, give Oman a try instead. This Middle Eastern gem is just 350 miles away from Dubai but offers rich heritage and gorgeous hotels for a fraction of the price of its expensive counterpart.
3. For a pretty city break: Vienna versus Budapest
VIENNA: £165 per night
BUDAPEST: £119 per night
If mooching around art galleries and soaking in the sights is your thing, ditch the Austrian capital and head southeast to Budapest. This Hungarian city has been up and coming in the past few years as the hottest new destination in Europe – get there while the prices are still low.
4. A family beach holiday: The Canary Islands versus The Gambia
CANARY ISLANDS: £131 per night
THE GAMBIA: £89 per night
If you’re bringing the little ones with you, why not swap the Canary Islands for Gambia, West Africa? It is the continent’s smallest country but its beaches are perfect for lazy package holidays. For the sake of a longer flight you might be thankful.
5. A super romantic newlywed break: Rome versus Nimes
ROME: £168 per night
NIMES: £74 per night
For a truly romantic honeymoon, jet off to Nimes in the South of France and save money while you’re at it. It’s a perfect way to fake the Italian capital due to the city’s collection of Roman buildings. It even has a huge amphitheatre that could be mistaken for the Coliseum.
6. A Spanish vacation: Barcelona versus Valencia
BARCELONA: £188 per night
VALENCIA: £82 per night
To avoid the sky-high prices of Barcelona, try jetting off to Valencia instead. The city is rich with history as well as having a world-class aquarium and zoo.
7. A Portuguese getaway: Lisbon versus Porto
LISBON: £212 per night
PORTO: £173 per night
You can save on average around £50 is you choose to holiday away from a country’s capital and this is great example. Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is home to port wine.
8. For the hen or stag party: Munich versus Prague
MUNICH: £160 per night
PRAGUE: £120 per night
Whilst Munich plays host to the infamous Oktoberfest, those looking to save a few pounds would be better off visiting the Czech Republic capital. It has an illustrious brewing history along with the bonus that a pint in Prague is cheaper than a bottle of water.
9. Adventure seekers: Interlaken versus Bled
INTERLAKEN: £244 per night
BLED: £118 per night
Along with the snow-capped alps in Switzerland comes the strong Swiss franc making it a consistently expensive vacation spot. For an adrenaline rush without the high bill head to Slovenia. The country is so tiny you can travel around but Lake Bled offers rafting, canyoning, hiking and more.
10. An Eastern European break: Krakow versus Dubrovnik
KRAKOW: £110 per night
WARSAW: £65 per night
For fascinating museums and Polish cuisine, give Warsaw a try. Warsaw is bigger than Krakow too so works well if you have a few days to spend over there.