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Average Cost of a Holiday Abroad 2018

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Whether we’re tired of braving the summer weather in Wales or just like to collect stamps in our passports, Brits like to travel abroad. When planning your next holiday, it can help to know the average cost of a holiday abroad. How much does the average person spend on flights, hotels, food & drinks and other entertainment? We delve into the details to help you budget for your next holiday.

Average Cost of a Holiday per Person

How much do we spend on holidays? In 2017, the average per-person cost of a 9-night holiday abroad was £815. The largest category of spend whilst away was food, drink and entertainment, which accounted for £396 of the total cost. On average, holidaymakers spent another £252 on accommodation and £170 on flights.

We arrived at these figures after analysing data from two Office of National Statistics publications: Travel Trends 2017 and Family Spending 2017.

Cost of 9-Night Holiday Abroad in 2017 per Person
Spend CategoryPer NightTotal per Person
Flights£170
Hotel£28£252
Food, Drink & Entertainment£44£396
Total - 1 Person, 9 Nights£815
chart showing the average cost of a holiday per person

Average Cost of a Holiday for a Family of Four

In 2017, the average family of four spent over £3,000 for a 9-night holiday abroad. Broken down by category, each person spent £170 on a round-trip flight, £28 per night on hotels and £44 per day on other expenses like food and entertainment. Since the average visit abroad lasts 9 nights, the all-in average holiday cost amounted to £815 per person. Multiplied by four, the average family holiday cost £3,260, nearly flat on the previous year.

Cost of 9-Night Holiday Abroad in 2017 for a Family of Four
Spend CategoryTotal
Flights£680
Hotel£1,008
Food, Drink & Entertainment£1,584
Total - 4 People, 9 Nights£3,272
chart showing the average cost of a holiday family of 4

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