Of all the months, January – bleak, dark, rainy January – is when we’re most in need of a holiday far, far away. Unfortunately, in a cruel twist of fate, it also tends to be the month that we feel least able to afford a lusted-after long-haul trip.
But there are plenty of far-flung holiday destinations that won’t break the bank. Every year, Post Office Travel Money compares the cost of travel items in locations around the world, to find the cheapest places for a getaway. The results for 2017 are now in – and from Cancun to Tokyo, the rankings might surprise you.
This year’s rankings were made by calculating the average spend for one day in destinations in 44 countries, according to Business Insider. Researchers estimated a day’s total average spend by adding the typical cost of 10 common holiday items, from a cup of coffee to a pint of beer and a three-course dinner for two. We’ve excluded some of the items here for the sake of brevity, but you can check out the full price comparison tool here.
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