Not as expensive as we would like it to be. It’s more expensive than before, but still cheaper than home in many places, says Torild Moland, editor of Vagabond Reiselyst magazine.
Dagbladet compiled the average cost of goods for holiday destinations in Las Palmas, Riga, Athens and Copenhagen. The compilation is based on numbers from Numbeo And Big Mac Indexand they both compare prices in different countries.
It turns out that a cup of coffee is the cheapest in Las Palmas. If you want a glass of cola, it’s cheaper in Athens, and about twice the price in Oslo and Copenhagen.
In fact, the prices of most commodities are higher in neighboring countries than at home.
– Moland says it’s no fun being a Norwegian in Denmark right now.
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Many people are happy to have a beer or two when we are finally on holiday. And for those who chafe at the ever-rising prices of beer here at home, it can quickly become a three, especially when the price stays the same anyway.
In Las Palmas, you can actually go for four, too, because according to Numbeo, a pint costs about NOK 24 there, compared to the percent you usually have to pay here at home.
Although, according to Molland, it’s not very nice to be Norwegian in Denmark right now, the golden drops the country is famous for are still much more affordable than here in Norway, and a pint of Carlsberg will cost you less than £90. norwegian kroner.
Imported bottled beer is often more expensive than what you get on tap, and in Norway you have to pay more for a bottle of Heineken than in any other country in the world, according to the website Globalproductprices.com. The cheapest bottle on our list can be found right above the Skagerrak, at around NOK 15 a bottle.
Molland’s editor has the following recommendations when it comes to affordable travel destinations:
– The price level is still one third compared to Norway, not least because the lira has experienced worse development than our krone, says Molland.
– Macedonia is the cheapest country in Europe for holidays. Molland says the cost of typical tourism items is no more than 25 percent of the equivalent in Norway.
– I was in North Macedonia myself, and ate and drank very well for NOK 150. Moland says it was nice too.
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland
Some of our closest holiday countries, which you can drive or take a ferry to, are also much cheaper than Norway, says Molland.
She believes that Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland have the same advantages.
– all of these have their own “Riviera” with long beaches and plenty of offers. How about a road trip around the Baltic Sea? Quickly swipe through Sweden and Finland, take the ferry into Estonia and head south through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, then take the ferry home from Gdyna to Karlskrona, for example, she advises.
Molland also highlights Romania and Albania as good options in the south.
Some travel advice
Moland has the following measures to save money on vacation:
- Choose a destination at low cost. She believes that the Forex Country Index is a good indicator. The price level in a number of popular holiday countries compares with the level in Norway (although before the recent drop in the krone exchange rate).
- stay away Countries whose main currency is the dollar and the euro.
- Be flexible. Flight prices vary a lot, so if you can check the low-cost calendar and choose the cheapest day of departure, you can save a little.
- travel light, without a big bag. Moland states that the plane ticket will be cheaper then. You think you’re getting loads of bikinis and summer dresses in your handbag.
- Choose smart Along the way. There are huge price differences for excursions, or skip an activity and go for a free hike instead.
- Do not stay in a hotelbut choose a hostel or even a completely free stay via surfing.
- Choose free something. Many museums have free admission, if not always, then maybe once a week.
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