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Study reveals cost of shopping on holiday

Study reveals cost of shopping on holiday
27 May 2014

Holidaymakers have been warned not to get ripped off on their excursion overseas.

The call comes after a recent report noted that far too many people are being targeted because they choose to use mini-marts, which are especially popular among those who self-cater.

Instead, holidaymakers are being urged to head to out-of-town supermarkets if they are having to make food for themselves, as this could save them significant sums of money over the course of a break, especially if there is a large group on holiday.

The study, conducted by the Post Office, suggested that some people overspend by as much as 53 per cent while they are on vacation.

And according to those behind the research, this is something that could quite easily be avoided if they are aware of the alternative options.

More than half of those questioned said that they spend an average of £253 more than they intended to.

For instance, basic provisions bought in a resort in the Algarve were 48 per cent more costly that those bought at a supermarket.

However, the biggest disparity was found in Majorca, where there was a 53 percent difference.

In the UK, meanwhile, a report suggested that the majority of spending by British people on staycations will mean that the wealth gap between the north and south of the country will further increase.

For example, a mere three per cent of this spending will occur in the north-east of England. What's more, it has been suggested that there will be a 25 per cent increase in spending in the tourism industry to more than £108 billion by 2017. 

Some 16.2 per cent of this total spending will be in London. Added to this, some 12.9 per cent will take place in the south-east and 12.2 per cent in south-west England.ADNFCR-408-ID-801723345-ADNFCR

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