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Freebies fire up Brits to make bookings

Value for money is extremely important for British holidaymakers, according to a survey conducted by mobile banking service, Monese.

Survey respondents put value for money as their top requirement when booking a holiday. As well as getting a good deal, British holidaymakers have big expectations when it comes to vacation freebies.

The survey found that 52% expect free Wi-Fi, 16% expect free dinners and 27% expect excursions to be thrown in for no extra cost.

Other holiday expenses resented by a large proportion of British travellers include alcohol, with 61% of respondents unhappy when they have to put their hands in their pockets at the bar, and public transport with 56% not pleased about paying for their fares while abroad.

Hidden bank charges were also unpopular with 47% wanting fee-free cash withdrawals from ATMs and 44% wanting zero charges for using credit and debit cards while away.

Additionally, 30% told Monese they did not like tipping or paying extra service charges on holiday.

Half the survey respondents admitted they have needed an extra £500 or more on top of their expected budget while on holiday. On average, it was found that British holidaymakers have needed an extra £987 to last until the end of their trip with 43% either running out of money or going over budget.

However, a proportion of cash-strapped holidaymakers have been creative in their quest to boost their budgets with 13% resorting to busking on the streets. Nearly half (49%) have raided their savings while away to keep their cash reserves topped up.

One of the main reasons for Brits running low on funds is big purchases. Half of the respondents splashed out on luxuries, such as jewellery and designer clothes and accessories, while 17% buy electronics, such as TVs and tablets.


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