Half of Britons just cannot switch off on holiday

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Almost half of Britons are refusing to leave their most treasured gadgets and devices at home when going on holiday, which means they could blow their holiday budget.

Research from price comparison website, Gocompare, found that a staggering 47% of 18 to 34-year olds will take their laptop on holiday with them this summer.

The research found that 46% of 18 to34-year olds said they can’t relax on holiday unless they can check their emails and messages.

A further 27% of them will only go on holiday to places where they can still communicate with their workplace.

Almost half (45%) of this age group that participated in the survey confessed to checking the broadband or phone connection they will have at their holiday destination when they book their trip.

Jeremy Cryer, head of travel at Gocompare.com, said: "Improvements in global communications make it harder to go anywhere where you can truly get away from it all. But it appears that, for a large percentage of ‘Generation i' travellers, that's just the way they like it.

“However, expensive phones, tablets and laptops can be attractive to opportunistic thieves. The other expense which can often catch tourists out is the higher cost of call, text and data charges when using foreign mobile networks. 37 per cent of British holidaymakers of all ages have been shocked by large phone and data bills once they've got home.”

Those who are planning on booking a holiday without blowing the budget on high roaming and data charges might want to consider taking a prepaid credit card with them.

This allows holidaymakers to only spend the amount which they have designated for the trip. However, even this might not be able to help if travellers face a huge phone bill when returning home.

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