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Smart Swap your way to a holiday!

By Sj.Cliff
Smart Swap your way to a holiday!

“I need a holiday” is a common phrase heard during Winter across the UK. However, a whopping 62% of us don’t travel as much as we would like to, and 60% of us blame that on money - therefore Travelex want to offer a helping hand in making people’s holiday dream a reality.

To experience the adventure of a lifetime, you need only substitute one everyday item. Whether it’s takeaways, your morning coffee, or even alcohol, you can save enough money to tick an incredible destination off your to-see list. Check out Travelex’s spending swaps below:


1.       Coffee


If you managed to wean yourself off your takeaway coffee for a year, you could save roughly £393.

- You could swap this for a week-long holiday in Nice. A four-star hotel could cost as little as £203.

- You could swap this for an Interrail Pass. For £359, you can pick up a 22-day 2nd class adult pass and make your way around 30 European countries.


2.       Takeaways


We can’t deny the joy of a takeaway on a weekend…but it can be a pricy habit. 16-24-year-olds spend an average of £19.61 per week, which adds up to £1,019.72 every year! Looking at that age bracket in particular, where could you go for that money?

- You could swap this for a trip to The Sunshine State. Between Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Tallahassee, Florida is one of the most popular states for holiday-making. 43.8% of 18-24-year-olds would love to visit the USA in 2016, and they could do this by swapping their takeaways for a spot of sunshine. A week-long stay in Florida in June 2016 (including return flights from London) could carry a price tag of as little as £820, leaving almost £200 left of your takeaway savings to contribute to your spending money.

- You could swap this for a week-long stay in Havana. A four-star hotel, plus return flights from London, racks up a bill of as little of £750.


3.       Smoking


Based on the RRP of a pack of 20 cigarettes in 2014, the average smoker spends £1,543.95 each year on their vice (smoking 10 per day), which rises to £3,087.90 on a 20 per day habit.

- You could swap this for a trip to Las Vegas. £1,543.95 could buy you a week-long holiday there! GoCompare found seven-day, five-star holidays in Vegas (13-19 June ’16) for as little as £1,024.19 – including flights and hotels – with plenty left over for a sunset helicopter ride around the Grand Canyon (roughly £349).

- You could swap this for a trip to Tokyo. A week in a four-star hotel and return flights from London could come to just £757, with £56 left over for a cruise around Tokyo Bay.


4.       Alcohol


You’d be surprised how far sacrificing the booze for a year would get you. The average Brit spends £787 per year on alcohol (which rises to £886 in London).

- You could swap this for a trip to Rome. Fancy soaking up the culture in Rome in May 2016? Well, for as little as £413 you could be staying in a five-star hotel for seven days, and enjoy a three-hour tour of the Colosseum on top of that for an extra £73.

- You could swap this for a trip to Australia. 15.9% of people said that Australia is one of their dream destinations for 2016, and surprisingly, that yearly cost of booze will buy you return flights with plenty left over to spare. Flying from London to Sydney and back (12-25 June 2016), you could spend as little as £567 according to travelsupermarket.com.


5.       Eating out


According to the Office of National Statistics, British households fork out (pardon the pun) £863.20 over the average year on restaurant meals. If you cut that down by half, that works out as £431.60 – enough for a decent holiday? It sure is!

- You could swap this for a trip to Greece. Since 14.3% of you fancy heading to Greece, you might be surprised to know that a return trip from London to Athens, staying in a five-star hotel for a week in July 2016 starts at £346. Add on a hop-on, hop-off tour ticket, and your bill still only comes to roughly £360.

- You could swap this for a trip to Barcelona. You can succumb to the charms of Barcelona for just £407, according to GoCompare. A week in a four-star hotel plus your return flights can come to less than half the average yearly restaurant bill, with plenty left over to enjoy some tapas.


Escaping to one of your dream destinations is easier than you think - you can gain further insight into these spending swaps here.

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