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Misfortune makes way for money saving

It may sound cynical, but holidaying in countries that have recently suffered misfortune could yield some serious money saving. And pack those guilty feelings away: your tourism could help to boost the economy and speed up recovery.


Swine-flu, economics and drug wars have done nothing to entice tourists to Mexico. It's hospitable arms, however, are still wide open. For deals, Expedia is a good place to start, we found a 10-day break in Mexico City including flights, car hire and accommodation in a three star hotel for £776pp. For a beach break, head to Cancun with Monarch Holidays. Fly out in October and they're offering a week's break, flights and all inclusive four star accommodation for symbol(pound)660pp.

Cancun. Photograph: Tbass EffendiIcelandic geyser. Photograph: Petur GautiSri Lanka. Photograph: Markus Spring


The economic crisis has hit Iceland harder than most. But the geysers, northern lights and its amazing urban culture are unspoilt. Iceland Express promise a £69 return deal to Reykjavik - we couldn't quite find that, but we managed a £100 return. Still a steal! Once there, three star hotels can be found for around £45pn.

Sri Lanka

Political turbulence has rocked Sri Lanka recently, however, there are still safe and peaceful areas happy to welcome visitors. For £820, Best Sri lankan Holidays can take care of the flights and put you up in an all inclusive four-star, luxury hotel and spa.

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