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On the Beach, a popular UK based online travel agency has rolled out a new online travel tool to assist potential holiday goers in getting the most bang for their buck while embarking on travel throughout Europe. While many travel sites compare airfares and hotels, On the Beach has taken budget holiday travel to the next level– it is offering comparisons on everything from the price of drinks, to the price of nappies in 30 of the most sought-after destinations throughout Europe. Economic instability and lower exchange rates are making it more and more difficult for families to enjoy a holiday without worry. Enter the Family Holiday Cost Comparison tool
Families are given the ability to quickly sort through their most important needs on holiday with a user-friendly website for swift and simple planning. If bag space is an issue (with the rising of bag fees, and the lowering of weight allotments, even a single traveler faces packing challenges), a family can easily decide whether the cost of nappies abroad will outweigh the cost of packing them for the trip. The same goes for sun cream- to pack, or not to pack, that is the question.
It turns out that not packing the sun cream is almost always a better decision– prices for sun cream are higher in the UK than they are virtually anywhere else on the list. Sun cream can also weigh down luggage when one is attempting to shield an entire family from the sun for a one or two week holiday. Our suggestion: Purchase just enough sun cream to use while on holiday. That way you don’t have to waste valuable space in your bag coming to or from your destination.
Additionally, a family can look at the cost of theme parks and children’s entertainment vs. eating out and choose a destination that achieves a budget goal while still allowing for a lovely dinner for four people, and for the children to have a day at the theme park.
Perhaps a family is comprised more of wine drinkers than it is beer drinkers- On The Beach has them covered there as well. For instance, while looking at a potential holiday in Lisbon, one bottle of lager will typically cost an average of €2.00, whereas a bottle of wine in Lisbon will likely cost in the neighborhood of €3.50.
If a family is fairly flexible and doesn’t necessarily have their heart set on a destination, this tool will give them much more insight into the intricate details of the daily costs they are likely to encounter in each destination. Many families only take into account the major costs of a holiday, such as flight and hotel, and fail to see that the little things tend to add up to the same cost, if not more than the major initial bookings. This handy new tool is sure to make savvy travelers among families and experienced travelers alike.