Top ways UK holidaymakers make money go further
A fascinating new survey has revealed the top ten ways Brits make their money go further while on holiday.
The Opinium survey, commissioned by stand-alone car hire excess insurance provider iCarhireinsurance.com, identified the most popular money-saving tricks:
- Weigh down hand luggage, rather than suitcase, to avoid extra baggage charge: A fifth (21%) put heavy items in their hand luggage or buggy to avoid excess baggage charges.
- Wear extra clothes to avoid excess baggage charge: 15% wear extra clothes such as jumpers and coats on a flight to avoid excess baggage charges. Young people are the most likely to do this.
- Sleep on transport/at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation: One in ten (10%) sleep on transport or at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation. Unsurprisingly, younger age groups were almost twice as likely to do this than over 55s.
- Avoid expensive in-flight refreshments: A third (36%) take their own food on flights to avoid expensive in-flight food, but those living in the Northern Ireland are particularly savvy, with half taking a packed lunch on flights (50%).
- Breakfast buffet lunch thieves: A third (34%) admit to the old favourite of taking food from the breakfast buffet for lunch.
- “Don’t forget, you are 4 not 5 today!”: One in ten (10%) lie about their child or children’s age to get cheaper entry into an attraction, show or event.
- Freebies from the hotel room: The most popular money-saving trick is taking hotel freebies, such as shampoo and conditioner, with nearly half (47%) doing this.
- Eat in less touristy areas rather the pay the premium of attraction/sea front: There can be a big price difference for a meal with a view, and a third (36%) are happy to do without.
- Book activities online when away to get the best prices: Nearly a third (32%) book activities online in advance to save money.
- Drink own alcohol before going out: A quarter (25%) drink alcohol they have bought with them, or from a supermarket, before going out to save money.
Ernesto Suarez, CEO and founder of iCarhireinsurance.com, said: “Holidays are expensive, and finding ways to keep costs down is a great way to make holiday money go further from eating in a less touristy restaurant, to wearing all your clothes to avoid extra baggage charges, or even persuading children to fib about their age.”
“Saving money is also important when you’re hiring a car. Excess insurance is one of the most expensive extras sold by rental companies at the rental desk, adding on average £160 to the car hire bill. Buying in advance from iCarhireinsurance.com could be one of the most effective ways of making those holiday pounds go further.”