The cheapest destinations for winter sun revealed

KAYAK.co.uk’s new Winter Escape Formula shows the overall costs for a week-long holiday, from airfares and hotel, to local drinks and transport, so Brits know where to go to seek the sun for less.

  • The cheapest overall destination for Brits is Kuala Lumpur – where a one week stay costs just £923 on average
  • Bangkok is the most popular destination – and starts at just £1,048 for a whole week
  • Singapore is hot! Flight searches show demand has increased by 93% this winter
  • Alongside the formula KAYAK.co.uk launches Explore More – an extension of the KAYAK Explore tool that combines flights, hotel and cost of living data to give the overall cost of a trip.

London, 22 October 2018: Now summer is over, many Brits will be turning their attention to where to go for some sun this winter. To help, the travel search engine KAYAK.co.uk has analysed its data and collected it into a Winter Escape Formula. The formula includes flights, 3-4 star hotel accommodation, food, drinks, and public transport, to reveal the overall cost of the best getaways for some winter sun this year.

Kuala Lumpur is the cheapest overall warm getaway destination this winter

Malaysia’s capital is the cheapest destination for a hot break this winter. British holidaymakers can enjoy a week-long break for a total cost of around £923 – less than much closer-to-home destinations such as Tenerife.

India also stands out as a cheap destination this winter, with three of the top ten cheapest destinations there. Expenses in Kochi (on the coast of Kerala) are a steal – Brits can enjoy a morning coffee and an evening beer for less than just £2 per day, and lunch and dinner for around £3 per day.

Fortunately, a sunny getaway doesn’t have to involve a really long flight. Espargos in Cape Verde, or Tenerife are around a 4.5 and 5.5 hour flight away respectively, offering mild temperatures and total average costs of just over £1,000 for a week.

The most popular destination to flee the winter is Bangkok

Looking at the top ten most popular destinations, Bangkok isn’t just the number one favourite, it’s also the cheapest. While flight prices aren’t the lowest of the most popular, cheaper 3-4 star accommodation helps to keep costs down, at an average of around £60 per night.

Four of the most popular winter destinations for this year are in Australasia; Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne and Perth. Unsurprisingly these further afield destinations are also the most expensive destinations of the top picks. Sydney is the priciest overall, around twice the price of Bangkok. Cape Town has expensive accommodation but makes up for it with reasonable flights and expenses.

When it comes to eating out, Mumbai is the best bargain, with lunch and dinner each day coming in for under £10. For drinks, South African destinations have the cheapest prices for a daily coffee and local draft beer.

Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City have seen the biggest increase in flight searches year on year

Flight searches to Singapore have increased by 93% this winter compared to last winter, making it the top trending destination – but it’s not the cheapest holiday option with overall costs around £1,429. For a similar-length flight, Brits can have a cheaper stay in the second top trending city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. While average flight prices are higher, hotel accommodation is less than half the price, and all expenses are around one third of the price.

While 58% more travellers are searching for flights to the Maldives this year compared to last, they’ll be shelling out a fair amount for this stunning destination, with total costs coming in around £1,718, largely thanks to high hotel prices. Ho Chi Minh City is the cheapest overall of the trending destinations at an average of £947 for a full week, and even further away, three destinations in Australasia complete the top trending list – Auckland, Brisbane and Adelaide.

John-Lee Saez, Managing Director for KAYAK Europe, says: “An escape from winter doesn’t have to cost a fortune or many hours of travel, and it’s great to see that for British travellers, basic costs for a full week’s holiday in the Malaysian sun can come in at under £950. We know that no one likes a nasty surprise when budgeting for their holiday, which is why we’ve put together this seasonal formula. Plus, to help our users be confident when planning their travel to any destination at any time of year, we’ve also just launched an extension of our popular Explore feature – Explore More – which gives an overview of flights, hotels, and living costs, so travellers can choose the best option to suit their holiday budget.”

A bargain flight doesn’t always mean a cheap holiday. Now you can compare destinations around the world based on the total cost of your trip – even including cost of living – at KAYAK Explore More.

Note to editors: Popular, trending and cheapest winter escape destinations for Brits are based on searches and clicks for return economy flights on KAYAK.co.uk between 01.01.2018 – 31.08.2018 vs. 01.01.2017 – 31.08.2017 for travel on 01.12.2018 – 28.02.2019 vs. 01.12.2017 – 28.02.2018. Average hotel prices are based on clicks for the respective destinations on all KAYAK locales between 01.01.2018 – 31.08.2018 for travel on 01.12.2018 – 28.02.2019, for a double room per night in a 3-4 star hotel and multiplied by 7 to come up with the cost for a one week stay. Featured destinations are those with an average temperature of at least 18 degrees celsius according to www.holiday-weather.com from December to January. Prices for meals, drinks and transport are based on desktop research on Numbeo.com between 24-28.09.2018. Prices are subject to change, offers may no longer be available and savings are not guaranteed.

Prices in the table as follows:

Average price for return economy flights

Average price for a double room for 1 week (7 nights) in a 3-4 star hotel

Average daily price for meals (one lunch meal at an inexpensive restaurant, and one 3-course meal at a mid-range restaurant) for 7 days

Average daily price for drinks (one cappuccino and one 0.5 liter local domestic draft beer) for 7 days

Average daily price for transport (two one-way local transport tickets) for 7 days