Has a holiday abroad become cheaper than a staycation?

Amid last year’s confusing and ever-changing travel restrictions, 2021 became the year of stay. But with soaring inflation at home, cheap flights to Europe and outrageously expensive holiday accommodation in the UK, has holidaying abroad become a better – and cheaper – option?

Years almost spent in the UK have resulted in an explosion in demand: summer holiday rental bookings in some European countries were up 200 per cent last month from a year earlier, according to AirDNA, a data company.

Analysis of telegraph money has shown how holidaymakers can save massively on their summer holidays by avoiding the UK and going abroad.

We have created itineraries for two similarly luxurious self catering holidays for a family of four in Cornwall and Andalucia.

After adding up the cost of flights to Spain, car hire, fuel, shopping and sightseeing, and factoring in the weak pound, the holiday abroad has won out. A five-day August stay in Cornwall cost just over £2,990, while a similar stay in an Andalucian villa cost around £1,980 – a difference of more than £1,000.


One of the main appeals of a stay is not having to board a plane – which seems all the more enticing the busier travel chaos is at airports. However, domestic holidaymakers will have to contend with the high price of petrol, currently around £1.70 a liter according to the RAC. That means for a typical car, like a BMW X3, which has a 67-litre tank, three full tanks – enough for the one-way trip from the Home Counties, the return trip and the round-trip – cost around £350. Has a holiday abroad become cheaper than a staycation?

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