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It’s not been a good week for the pound. It slumped to a 17-month low against the dollar and euro this week making neither the Continent nor the USA as budget-friendly as usual. Still want the best value for your pennies this spring? Here are five destinations that are still cheap as ever.



Lions, tigers and bears… oh my! Take holiday this spring and discover Kenya’s wilderness, its creatures, landscapes and cultures. A safari trip is cheaper than ever as the pound is up 2.8% against the Kenya shilling. To experience the famous flamingo gathering, head to Lake Nakuru National Park or hire a car and tour one of the country’s other great parks. Rumours have it that Kenya’s beaches are also pretty good!

Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is an up and coming destination, increasingly being favoured over popular (and often crowded) Thailand. Visit Sigiriya for an UNESCO World Heritage Site that is way off the tourist radar. Between its ancient temple and city ruins and the fantastic beaches, it’s hard not to fall in love with this country. Plus the price is perfect. The pound is up 5.3% against the rupee.

Flights to Colombo



For sun, sand and relaxation, Jamaica has got everything you’re after. The pound is up 3.4% against the Jamaican dollar making it as good a value as any. While you’re there, stop by for a meal at Floyd’s Pelican Bar, one of the craziest restaurants in the world! Spend your whole holiday on the beaches or hire a guide and venture off to explore inland or tour one of the island’s cities.



Indonesia is a magical destination, fit for a family trip, a solo jaunt, a getaway with your sweetheart and even a budget option for a girls holiday too. It would be the ultimate girls night out! Explore Indonesia’s tropical forests (the second largest in the world after Brazil) or spend your nights partying in Jakarta. Bali is always a favourite if you’re after a pampered week at a spa resort. The ancient temples and ruins are not to be missed.

Flights to Indonesia



Japan has always been labelled as an expensive city. With the pound up 14% against the yen though, there are definitely discounts and deals to be found. It’s a pretty common travel myth that Japan is expensive but it’s far from the truth is you know how to visit Japan on a budget. Stay in Ryokans, of course! A trip to Kyoto will be unforgettable or enjoy the cherry blossoms this spring with a pilgrimage hike on Japan’s 88 Temple Circuit.

Which countries will you be travelling to this spring?

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