France 'not good value for money'

France 'not good value for money'

Marseille - it might look idyllic, but many Britons think France is too expensive

Marseille - it might look idyllic, but many Britons think France is too expensive

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Some Britons seem to have made their minds up about the French without even visiting the country across the Channel.

As many as 49% who had never been to France felt it was not a value-for-money country, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money.

And of those who had been to France, only 50% thought it represented good value for money.

Based on responses from 2,085 UK adults, the survey showed that of those countries in which holidays had been taken, Turkey was seen to be the best value-for-money destination, followed by mainland Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Based on perception rather than actual visits, the country seen as offering the best value was Bulgaria, followed by Turkey, mainland Spain and Croatia.

Of countries not visited, Dubai was bottom of the list, with only 38% deeming it a good value-for-money destination.

Turkey was the destination to which most people would return. Around two-thirds of people who had been before said they would go back, while 63% would return to mainland Spain.

But - on a value-for-money basis - only 29% would go back to Dubai, only a third would return to France and only 40% would make another trip to Italy.

The survey also showed that, on average, people set aside £552 in spending money while on a break but overspend by £242.

Also, 27% chose a destination as they had found it to offer good value on a previous visit.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "Our new research shows the extent to which value is a determining factor in destination choice.

"Holidaymakers can best arm themselves with information that will help them to make informed decisions about value by monitoring exchange rates to see where sterling has strengthened most this year."

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4:00pm Sat 10 May 14

varteg1 says...

As a regular visitor to France, I would say on average it compares very favourably with the UK for value.

But that is simply on cash terms, where it beats the crap out of here is in overall good weather for much of the year, vastly superior food quality, and of course the roads related matters. No road tax for one thing, relatively cheaper fuels too, all in all, far more favourable to here.

Earnings are higher, less problems from religious faction as well.

I know long distances can be expensive on the Peage, but the secondary routes are maybe a tad longer to travel but many are toll free and often far better than the best we have to contend with here in the UK.

So to all those who have never been there, get some in, to all those who think unfavourably, try going to less crowded vacation areas where prices, (,just like here in vacations resorts), tend to be higher. Get about in the country instead of lounging on beaches, travel about off Peage roads, there's plenty to do and see, get to know a French family or two.l you;ll be surprised how great they bare, we have friends we met with the first time over twelve/thirteen years ago, we still meet up and share their homes..

I just wish I had moved to France thirty or more years ago.
As a regular visitor to France, I would say on average it compares very favourably with the UK for value. But that is simply on cash terms, where it beats the crap out of here is in overall good weather for much of the year, vastly superior food quality, and of course the roads related matters. No road tax for one thing, relatively cheaper fuels too, all in all, far more favourable to here. Earnings are higher, less problems from religious faction as well. I know long distances can be expensive on the Peage, but the secondary routes are maybe a tad longer to travel but many are toll free and often far better than the best we have to contend with here in the UK. So to all those who have never been there, get some in, to all those who think unfavourably, try going to less crowded vacation areas where prices, (,just like here in vacations resorts), tend to be higher. Get about in the country instead of lounging on beaches, travel about off Peage roads, there's plenty to do and see, get to know a French family or two.l you;ll be surprised how great they bare, we have friends we met with the first time over twelve/thirteen years ago, we still meet up and share their homes.. I just wish I had moved to France thirty or more years ago. varteg1
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