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Top Hates As not everyone does so feeling ‘relaxed and refreshed

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Millions of Brits suffering from a "holiday hangover as 1 in 5 will still be paying for their holiday in 2018

  • Only two thirds of holiday makers come home feeling relaxed and refreshed
  • 14 per cent feel tired and stressed, 13 per cent spent too much money
  • Four per cent wished they had never gone away
  • Travel delays and crime spoil holidays for many

As millions of Brits return from their summer holiday a new survey by comparison site Raffick Marday, head of Marketing at comparemoneytransfer.com reveals that not everyone does so feeling ‘relaxed and refreshed'.

The poll of 3,000 holidaymakers reveals that only 39% believe that what they paid for their holiday was money well spent, while almost a fifth of travellers admit they will still be paying off their 2017 summer holiday in 2017.

Over 14 per cent said they came home feeling tired or stressed and 13 per cent said that they had spent too much money. Meanwhile, four per cent wished they had never gone on holiday!

The Holiday Hangover top ten % of holidaymakers
Things costing much more on holiday than expected 31%
Bad weather 25%
Resort not living up to the brochure description 23%
Travel delays getting there or back 18%
Disappointing food 17%
Member of party ill or injured 14%
Behaviour of British holidaymakers abroad 14%
Unfriendly or rude resort staff 12%
Not able to switch off from work 9%
Member of party being the victim of a crime 6%

Value for money concerns topped the list of holiday spoilers for Brits with 31 per cent saying things cost much more on holiday than they thought they would 23 per cent said the resort didn't live up to the brochure description.

Over 18 per cent of travellers had suffered delays either getting away or coming home, 14 per cent said a member of their party had taken ill or was injured while away and six per cent of holidaymakers reported being a victim of a crime. Yet, over a quarter of holidaymakers admit they don't always buy travel insurance when going abroad. Seven per cent say they never buy it while four per cent don't buy it because they have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

Raffick Marday, head of Marketing at comparemoneytransfer.com commented, "While there is little we can do about the weather spoiling our holiday, we can take steps to be better organised financially and better protected should the worst happen when we are abroad. Budgeting for a holiday should include some contingency planning for extra meals out, trips or gifts."

"If you have overspent it is probably time to look for a better deal on your credit card to ensure the damage is limited and the debt is paid off as quickly as possible. Look for an interest free balance transfer card so that you are not paying sky-high interest rates on your holiday debt.

"There's no excuse for heading abroad without travel insurance these days. There are plenty of good value policies available and it is easier than ever to shop around for a good deal. As this survey shows, holidays don't always go to plan, so being prepared for all eventualities is a sensible part of planning any trip."

EU holiday statistics produce interesting results

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has released new figures on domestic and outbound holiday trips made by EU residents in 2010.

The results have thrown up some intriguing trends.

Amongst the findings, figures show that out of the total of one billion holiday trips which European residents made, more than three quarters were within the country of residence. Domestic holiday trips lasted between 1 to 3 nights on average, with outbound trips being longer - 4 nights or more.

Travel trends among EU travellers

A majority of 61% of all trips made from the UK were domestic - 41% short and 20% long stay - and 39% were abroad - with 6% short and 33% long stay.

Top European countries that preferred to take short holiday breaks within their own country in 2010 were Latvia (73% of all holiday trips), Finland (70%), Denmark (67%), Spain (65%), Bulgaria and Portugal (both 64%). Greece (47%), France (39%), Italy and Poland (both 35%) were the countries that had the highest share of long domestic trips.

On the other side, the countries where people travelled abroad the most in 2010 were Luxembourg (nearly 100% of all holiday trips), Belgium (76%), Slovenia (56%), the Netherlands (53%) and Austria (50%).

The financial crisis may have influenced the travel decisions of EU residents significantly, particularly regarding overseas destinations. Countries where the recession is at its most prevalent, such as Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, accounted for the highest share of trips people made within their own country.

If you are thinking of travelling abroad, there are some financial products, such as travel money cards or other prepaid cards, which can help your overseas trip match your budget. Don’t let the economic crisis ruin your holiday plans.

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