Originally posted on https://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/tourists-uk-rank-their-holiday-requirements
BRITISH TOURISTS may not be as stereotypically fussy when they are abroad, but they do want value for their money. According to the mobile banking service Monese, 27 percent of British want excursions included in their price of a hotel resort abroad at no extra cost. 52 percent of tourists expect free Wi-Fi and 16 percent expect meals included as well.
Expenses Brits don’t care for
The survey concluded that nine of ten people on holiday dislike paying for Wi-Fi and a staggering 61 percent object to paying for alcohol. In addition, 56 percent of Brits dislike paying for public transportation when abroad.
But free stuff isn’t the only thing Brits are concerned about, hidden bank charges are another unpopular expense. 47 percent of tourists from the UK want free cash withdrawals and 44 percent think they should be free from charges when using their debit and credit cards. 30 percent don’t like tipping and additional service charges like excess baggage costs, which 36 percent of people polled disliked.
Above all, the survey found that people from the UK are willing to travel if they feel it is worth the money overall. That’s why specific destinations are more popular than others. According to the site MoneyPug, which is known for being a platform to find cheap holidays, there is a correlation between destinations Brits prefer and how affordable they are.
Emphasizing cost in their holiday choices, British tourists are choosing Spain, Greece, and Bulgaria as the best value, which are all increasing in popularity in the UK. Dubai, on the other hand, known for high costs and unparalleled glamour, finds itself at the bottom of the list.
In a nationwide poll for the Post Office Travel Money’s 2019 Holiday Spending Report, British tourists voted for Spain as the country with the best value, with 87 percent of Brits polled saying that Spain is the world’s best-value holiday destination. 85 percent of people said that Greece and Bulgaria are right behind Spain on the value scale.
Other countries deemed a good value were Croatia at 83 percent, Portugal and Thailand at 82 percent, and the Canary Islands at 80 percent. Mexico was behind these countries at 74 percent. Since the pound-to-dollar rate has gone down, the United States had 68 percent of people saying it is a good value for travel abroad.
Scandinavian countries didn’t score well, and both France and Italy were voted as some of the most expensive destinations. The people polled are mostly right, a recent Holiday Costs Barometer survey showed that Sorrento and Nice are two of the most expensive resort destinations. The United Arab Emirates, where Dubai is the capital, is said to be “poor value” by 72 percent of the people. Less than two in five people, or 38 percent, gave the country a “good value” score.
Doesn’t everybody like value?
The Post Office Travel Money survey found that holidaymakers go beyond their budgets when they are on a trip abroad. On average, it determined that the budget per couple was 717 on average. Two-thirds of the people surveyed said that they spent an average of 26 percent, or 184 more than they intended. The costs of flights and resorts were the biggest concerns for booking a holiday.
77 percent named the cost of meals, drinks, and other items at resorts were key factors when deciding on a country. These were second only to airline costs, which were named 81 percent of the time. Still, despite some costs increasing as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit ebbs and flows, two-thirds of people say that they still plan on going abroad for holidays. They will likely choose destinations where they can get more for their money.
Whether you have a lot of money or are budgeting a vacation, value matters. British people will spend the money if they feel it is worth it, but the perception of whether or not a country is affordable dominates the decision.
Less and less British tourists are choosing destinations that are expensive, and now people are even hesitant to consider countries that are perceived as not worth the money. As Brexit trudges on, people from the UK don’t seem like they will stop vacationing, but it does seem they will be more careful about where they go.
Ryan Beitler is a journalist, writer, and traveler. He has been published in Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, The Slovenia Times, OC Weekly, and numerous travel sites. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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