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British invasion? Weak Euro makes holidays cheap!

The British pound and U.S. dollar are both much stronger this year in exchange rates with the Euro, but that's likely to have a much bigger effect on British travelers than Americans. True, more Americans are likely to travel to Europe this year, but that's a trickle compared to the nearby Brits who might trade a week in Brighton for a week in Europe where their money will now buy more—an average of 22% more, according to a survey by the Telegraph (UK).

 

The article compares, across 14 Continental vacation areas, the cost of such travel items as sunscreen, insect repellent, a glass of wine, a 2-course lunch, a 3-course dinner—and, of course, the cost of a copy of the Telegraph at the foreign newsstand. Only one destination costs more than last year, and that's in Turkey, outside the Euro zone.

 

Photo: beach on Ibiza, Spain.        Wikimedia / Eduardo Pitt

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