North-Easterners Top the Bill for Souvenir Holiday Spending | Prepaid365

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28 August 2014

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Purchasing souvenirs when on holiday is a popular pastime for many Brits that are keen to show off where they have been on their travels.

From small gifts for friends or office workers to massive presents for the family, there really isn’t much limit on what can be bought when abroad.

But what regions of the UK are particularly generous when it comes to bringing back souvenirs and other gifts?

Some regions spend more than others of gifts

Research from AA Financial Services has revealed that holidaymakers spend an average of £44.32 on bringing back gifts for their friends and family.

Those from the North-East are most likely to splash out on extravagant gifts, spending an average of £78.18 on souvenirs.

That compares with those in Yorkshire and Humberside who spend roughly a third of that total, racking up costs of just £27.07.

Only 8% of holidaymakers questioned said they spent more than £100 on presents to bring back, which is relatively unsurprising given how much holidays tend to cost in the first place.

How coming from certain places influences spending

Those from Scotland spent the second most on souvenirs, splashing out an average of £57.67 while those from the East Midlands were just behind, paying £55.77 for gift items.

Holidaymakers from both London and Northern Ireland also spent around the £50 mark, while those from the North West and South West spent more than £40.

“Most people buy a few key-rings or trinkets to take back for friends and family, but some are much more generous,” said Mark Huggins, director of AA Financial Services.

“Perhaps the allure of the duty free is too much for them to resist.

“But regardless of whether you’re planning a budget trip or an expensive blowout, it’s important to think about how you’ll take your money. It’s easy to take lots of cash in local currency, but it’s risky.”

Prepaid options to manage souvenir holiday spending

One solution is to consider a prepaid travel card for purchases made overseas, as it can be topped up prior to travelling and then only the funds on it can be spent.

This provides a safe and easy alternative to carrying lots of foreign currency and also prevents overspending.

Other funds can always be added to the card should people require it while they are away though.

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There is also additional protection if the card should be misplaced, as funds can be transferred to a new card with the minimum of fuss.

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