British holidaymakers could see their pounds go further in 2020, with sterling rising in value compared to this time last year, the Post Office has said.
Thirty-four of the Post Office's best-selling currencies are weaker against the pound than a year ago, including the euro and the US dollar.
Sterling’s biggest gain was against the Turkish lira – being worth around 20.5% more against the Turkish currency in January 2020 than in January 2019.
Another big gain of 12.4% has been made by sterling against the Chilean peso.
Only six currencies are stronger against sterling than a year ago – the Russian ruble, the Egyptian pound, the Thai baht, the Costa Rican colon, the Canadian dollar and the Indonesian rupiah – according to the report compiled by Post Office Travel Money.
As well as the pound strengthening, local price cuts have made some destinations more affordable for UK travellers.
The Post Office found that destinations including bu Dhabi, Bulgaria, Canada, Dubai, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam had all seen price drops.
Post Office Travel Money head of travel Nick Boden said: “With the price falls we found in destinations worldwide, holidaymakers will have plenty of choice in the coming year – provided sterling holds its value.
“In Europe the best deals are likely to be in Bulgaria, Turkey and Portugal, while further afield Japan, Vietnam and Bali are looking good bets for the bargain-hunter.
“The clear message is that holidaymakers should do their homework on resort prices before booking to be sure of the best deal.”
The Post Office looked at the typical cost of eight tourist items including drinks and meals.
They were a three-course evening meal for two with wine, a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, a can of cola, a large bottle of water, a cup of coffee, suncream and insect repellent.
It found that at just £30.68 typically for the eight items, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, was the cheapest destination looked at.
Prices in Marmaris in Turkey (£44.15) were found to be the next cheapest, followed by Tokyo (£48.21) in third place and Portugal’s Algarve (£49.87) in fourth place.
The Seychelles (£165.10) and Abu Dhabi (£152.11) remain the most expensive destinations in the survey, although prices have recently been falling in both, the report said.