On the surface self catering is the cheapest option both at home and abroad as a holiday. Now I suspect that there may be a male/female divide here but how much of a holiday is it if you are having to do just as much ‘housework’ while you are away as when you are home but with the ‘away’ being so much harder without the full range of kitchen utensils, pots, pans and serving dishes as you have at home? I am not saying that women should cook, I am just aware that women do still do the majority of the cooking in families.
So if self catering is hard bloody work is it a holiday?
AOL Travel said in an article last week “Prices in European resorts have plunged for self-catering tourists thanks to cost-cutting supermarkets Aldi and Lidl springing up and keeping local prices down.”
The other extreme of course is the all inclusive holiday where you do not have to worry about any other expenses unless you elect to take excursions outside your resort. Before you make any booking choices it is important that you really work out the actual cost. If you are going to end up eating out every night so you don’t have to spend your evenings doing the washing up then you really have to budget for that when comparing holidays. When you then know the real cost you can make a realisting apples to apples comparison. Those that do choose self catering end up taking far more currency with them to cover their greater expenses. If you are going to buy a lot of currency then the best exchange rates may save you more than choice of whether to go self catering or all inclusive (up to 10% to 15% difference across all suppliers). Mind you, charnces are if you are reading this then you already have your holiday booked and are leaving in a week or so, so it may be a bit late!