Cash-strapped Brits would stay at a stranger’s house when holidaying overseas

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Britain has been covered in snow, soaked by rain and battered by blustery winds all in the space of a week. It is no wonder that holidays are a key priority for people living in the UK!

prepaid cards on holidayA recent poll found that a whopping 92% of the 1,000 adults surveyed are planning to take at least one break in 2013, Travel Weekly reports.

But while Brits are unwilling to deny themselves a break despite the unsteady economy, the issue of cost is still carefully considered by most.

Research by MyVoucherCodes has revealed that almost half of respondents said they would stay at a stranger’s house when holidaying abroad if it was the cheapest of all available options!

In a bid to save money, 32% of British holidaymakers will opt to stay in a friend’s house when they go abroad this year. Staying at a hotel (34%) was the only option that was even more popular for those planning to jet off abroad.

Staying with a friend came in second place in the top five types of accommodation that British holidaymakers are planning on using for their overseas holiday this year.

27% will choose a villa, 21% will go for a B&B and 17% will be staying at a camp site.

Mark Pearson, Chairman of, said: “Planning a holiday abroad can be tricky when you don’t know the country you’re going to, or if you’re simply not sure about where to stay.

“If you are lucky enough to have a friend already living where you plan to go then there is nothing wrong with considering this as an accommodation option for your holiday; and it seems that matecations are popular amongst a fair few Britons this year!”

The majority of travellers (39%) said they would do this to cut back on costs, while just over a quarter said it removed the ‘hassle’ of searching for a hotel.

Just over a fifth said they would not be able to afford a holiday if staying at a friend’s house wasn’t an option, and 14% said visiting friends whilst holidaying was a good way to ‘kill two birds with one stone’.

If cost is a top priority for you when it comes to holidays, it is worth buying your travel money in advance to get the best deals.


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