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Giving up booze could mean enough cash for a Caribbean holiday | UK News



Taking part in Dry January and going on to abstain from alcohol for an entire year could save a couple enough money to go on holiday to the Caribbean for a week, according to research.

After just five weeks without a drink, a couple could use the saved cash to go on a two-night stay in Amsterdam, a study for foreign exchange firm Caxton found.

Ten weeks of alcohol-free living could save the equivalent of five nights in the Algarve.

And giving up booze for a whole year could save enough money for a week-long all-inclusive stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica, over the winter break.

Researchers from, on behalf of Caxtons, assumed an average couple would drink eight pints of beer and one bottle of wine per week at a pub or bar.

They calculated that by giving up alcohol a couple would save up to £44 a week on average – although prices for drinking out vary hugely.

Holiday prices were determined by searching various travel websites earlier in December to see how far a couple’s weekly saving could take them.

Researchers found a couple giving up alcohol for:

  • Five weeks could bag a two-night stay in Amsterdam including flights, costing £218;
  • Seven weeks could result in a three-night stay in Prague at £305;
  • 10 weeks could pay for a five-night stay in the Algarve (Praia da Rocha) at £435;
  • 17 weeks could fund a £740 trip to Naples for seven nights;
  • 23 weeks could save enough for a £1,001 all-inclusive seven-night holiday at Egypt’s Red Sea resort;
  • 33 weeks would be enough for a seven-night room-only stay in Barbados at £1,436;
  • A full year (52 weeks) could buy a seven-night all-inclusive stay in Jamaica’s Montego Bay at £2,263 – flying out in January 2021.

Caxton’s boss Alana Parsons said: “Many of us enjoy a drink either to wind down in the evening or while out with friends or family at weekends, but we rarely tally up how much it costs us over the course of a year.

“Extending the traditional dry January for a further few months or longer might not work for everyone, but a New Year resolution that’s good for your health as well as your pocket is easier to stick to if you have a holiday on the horizon.”

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