Lost in the Sunshine: What We Misplace Most on Holiday

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

We all love to relax and let our hair down while on holiday. While feeling carefree is a major attraction to going abroad, a new study by sunshine.co.uk reveals that we’re probably feeling something else, too: careless.

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The study was interested in uncovering how many people lose something while they’re on holiday, and discovering which items were most likely to go missing.

Out of the 1,672 adults surveyed, 35% reported that they had lost at least one possession while abroad.

So, which items were most likely to go missing?

Cameras topped the list, with 32% of participants reporting that they had disappeared during their trip. Wallets and purses were next (29%) followed by sunglasses (27%), rings (24%) and swimwear (21%).

Even passports weren’t safe, with 4% reporting that they’d misplaced these during their trip.

It wasn’t all bad news, though. It turns out that 40% of the items were successfully recovered in the end, including four children who were lost!

When the items were recovered, 24% of the time they were found by the hotel’s reception staff.

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, said: “Losing something on holiday can be really frustrating, particularly if you're half way home before realising!

“Your best bet is to report a lost item to reception in your accommodation as soon as you realise it is missing, or retrace your steps if you've visited any restaurants, bars or anywhere you could have left anything.

“Also, remember not to take valuable items away with you if you don't have to, as you might end up losing something expensive or irreplaceable!"

Keeping an eye on your possessions while overseas is incredibly important, especially if you’ve taken valuable items away with you such as cameras and expensive jewellery.

It is equally crucial to keep a sharp eye on your finances while on holiday. As holiday mode takes over, it is easy to relax our attitudes towards our budgets, which can set you back when you return home. A prepaid card is a great way to stick to a pre-determined budget, and is well worth taking on a foreign break.

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