With just under six weeks left until Christmas, there’s still time to plan your escape from the crowded shops and festive cheer by heading for sunnier climes on an alternative Christmas holiday.
Our friends at TravelSupermarket have revealed the cheapest places to jet off for some winter sun this December, with the top 10 places to get away from it all and still have funds in your bank account come January.
According to research by the holiday comparison website, Los Angeles is the most affordable long-haul destination for a festive getaway and will cost you an average of £93.43 per person per night for a 10-night break including flights and accommodation – that’s cheaper than dinner for two at The Shard!
Second on the list is Orlando, which boasts the romance of its Downtown district and close proximity to Florida’s theme parks for a family Christmas abroad the kids will never forget. It costs an average of £94.62 per night and visitors can expect balmy 17oC temperatures.
Las Vegas was named the third cheapest location for a Christmas getaway at £101.34 per night, followed by Bangkok (£104.87) and Pattaya (£118.82), both in Thailand
In fact, three of the top 10 bargain long-haul locations are in Thailand, including Phuket (7th, £130.93 per night), where temperatures reach up to 290C in December.
Meanwhile, the most festive destination of them all when it comes to the possibility of snow is New York, which was placed tenth and is surprisingly affordable at £158.25 per night.
Emma Grimster, spokesperson at TravelSupermarket said: ‘Going on holiday for Christmas might not be for everyone, but if you’ve never tried it, why not make Christmas 2018 one to remember?!
‘Travelling overseas for the festive period is a great opportunity to experience other cultures at Christmas and can be surprisingly cheap.
'Whether you’re spending Christmas day laying on a beach in Phuket, not a turkey in sight, or soaking up the magical festive atmosphere in the middle of New York City, jetting overseas this Christmas doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as our data reveals.'
The 10 cheapest long-haul destinations for a Christmas getaway, according to TravelSupermarket:
- Los Angeles, USA - £93.43 per night
- Orlando, USA - £94.62 per night
- Las Vegas, USA - £101.34 per night
- Bangkok, Thailand - £104.87 per night
- Pattaya, Thailand - £118.82 per night
- Dubai, UAE - £126.90 per night
- Phuket, Thailand - £130.93 per night
- Abu Dhabi, UAE £131.15 per night
- Miami, USA - £136.87 per night
- New York, USA - £158.25 per night
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