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Unexpected costs are catching UK holidaymakers out

Average family will spend nearly a fifth more than their holiday budget in unanticipated costs Consumer expert Simon Read shares his holiday budget planning tips Search for: Holidaymakers have to find an extra £536.80 due to poor planning New research from ATOL, the holiday protection scheme, has found British families are willing to spend 13% more on their holiday this year compared to last year, with a family of four now set to spend an average of £3,133 on their annual break. However the research into holiday spending habits also revealed unexpected holiday costs leave travellers in the red on their return. ATOL’s research revealed that two thirds of holiday makers (61%) struggle with budgeting on holiday. As families relax into their holiday it also seems they relax their purse strings with more than one in ten (12%) admitting they don’t keep track of what they are spending and then get a shock when they come to settle the bill at the end of the trip. A family of four holidaying abroad should set aside an average of £536.80, to cover unexpected costs, the equivalent of two return flights to the Canary Islands or a four day pass to Disneyland Paris. Head of ATOL, Andy Cohen, said: “Holiday costs can mount up quickly, while you’re enjoying your holiday, making it very easy to overspend. “Our research also showed the unexpected can...



All change: Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle for local news in Cranfield and Marston Moretaine Ward

The end of an era I'm now writing local news Search for: Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle In June 2012 I broadcasted my first travel show. The last one was broadcast on 29th June 2017. That’s 227 shows (it started monthly, then fortnightly going weekly). I ended the show as my Masters course at Birmingham City University made me look outside of the travel world. Trying to base every assignment on a travel story wasn’t really helpful. I needed to leave my comfort zone. It was during my first year that I came across hyperlocal websites. Quality local news (in my area anyway) seems to be declining and my village isn’t really covered. So, to pass the time between the end of my first year and the start of the second I decided to start up a hyperlocal website covering the Central Bedfordshire Council’s Cranfield and Marston Moretaine Ward. I decided to call it the Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle. The Travel Researcher website will still be updated, but not that often. I can still be contacted if you have any travel questions. I still have my contacts so I should be able to find you your answer....