These are 2017’s most affordable travel destinations outside of Europe

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Moya Crockett

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.

From buzzing cities to tropical idylls, here are 17 affordable exotic locales to book now, going from most expensive to cheapest.

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  • China Town, Singapore

    Average daily spend on selected items: £88.12

    Meal for two: £59.56

    Beer: £5.93

    Wine: £7.15

    Filter coffee: £3.57

    Coca-Cola: £2.68

    Suncream: £9.23

  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    Average daily spend on selected items: £83.14

    Meal for two: £62.02

    Beer: £2.51

    Wine: £5.87

    Filter coffee: £1.68

    Coca-Cola: £1.84

    Suncream: £9.22

  • Vancouver, Canada

    Average daily spend on selected items: £84.32

    Meal for two: £66.38

    Beer: £3.79

    Wine: £5.06

    Filter coffee: £1.58

    Coca-Cola: £1.19

    Suncream: £6.32

  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    Average daily spend on selected items: £81.36

    Meal for two: £66.52

    Beer: £2.47

    Wine: £3.05

    Filter coffee: £1.43

    Coca-Cola: £1.24

    Suncream: £6.65

  • Tobago

    Average daily spend on selected items: £87.21

    Meal for two: £67.98

    Beer: £1.57      

    Wine: £4.58

    Filter coffee: £1.96

    Coca-Cola: £0.92

    Suncream: £10.20

  • Grand Baie Maritius

    Average daily spend on selected items: £81.64

    Meal for two: £52.52

    Beer: £3.30

    Wine: £4.89

    Filter coffee: £2.37

    Coca-Cola: £2.44

    Suncream: £16.12

  • Seoul, South Korea

    Average daily spend on selected items: £82.06

    Meal for two: £66.24

    Beer: £2.94

    Wine: £5.52

    Filter coffee: £2.21

    Coca-Cola: £1.47

    Suncream: £3.68

  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Average daily spend on selected items: £79

    Meal for two: £60.62

    Beer: £2.99

    Wine: £4.79

    Filter coffee: £2.55

    Coca-Cola: £2.07

    Suncream: £5.98

  • Penang, Malaysia

    Average daily spend on selected items: £76.13

    Meal for two: £48.40

    Beer: £5.81

    Wine: £6.53

    Filter coffee: £2.66

    Coca-Cola: £1.36

    Suncream: £11.37

  • Orlando, USA

    Average daily spend on selected items: £74.89

    Meal for two: £54.09

    Beer: £4.16

    Wine: £5.82

    Filter coffee: £1.66

    Coca-Cola: £2.50

    Suncream: £6.66

  • Lima, Peru

    Average daily spend on selected items: £72.94

    Meal for two: £47.92

    Beer: £2.66

    Wine: £4.26

    Filter coffee: £3.19

    Coca-Cola: £1.60

    Suncream: £13.31

  • Mombasa, Kenya

    Average daily spend on selected items: £72.74

    Meal for two: £49.93

    Beer: £2.37

    Wine: £4.09

    Filter coffee: £2.15

    Coca-Cola: £1.72

    Suncream: £12.48        

  • Phuket, Thailand

    Average daily spend on selected items: £68.34

    Meal for two: £54.43

    Beer: £2.66

    Wine: £3.99

    Filter coffee: £2.30

    Coca-Cola: £1.09

    Suncream: £3.87

  • Bali, Indonesia

    Average daily spend on selected items: £66.12

    Meal for two: £46.47

    Beer: £1.13

    Wine: £4.65

    Filter coffee: £1.66

    Coca-Cola: £0.56

    Suncream: £11.65

  • Cancun, Mexico

    Average daily spend on selected items: £62.13

    Meal for two: £43.36

    Beer: £2.01

    Wine: £5.01

    Filter coffee: £1.84

    Coca-Cola: £1.59

    Suncream: £8.32

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Average daily spend on selected items: £59.54

    Meal for two: £45.28                    

    Beer: £1.55

    Wine: £3.10

    Filter coffee: £1.24

    Coca-Cola: £0.93

    Suncream: £7.44

  • Tokyo, Japan

    Average daily spend on selected items: £53.59

    Meal for two: £37.96

    Beer: £4.17

    Wine: £2.83

    Filter coffee: £1.97

    Coca-Cola: £2.19

    Suncream: £4.47


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Moya Crockett

Moya is Women’s Editor at As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, politics and psychology. Carrying a bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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