Holidaying Brits spend 2.8bn at the airport

British travelers’ spend a total of £2.8bn at the airport before their holidays even start according to new research from Asda Money.

As UK airports enter one of their busiest periods ever after the Olympics, many families will also be starting their summer breaks.  

The research revealed that the average family spends £50 on travel essentials such as books, sun cream and medication whilst 42% spend over £100 on necessities in duty free.

Once families arrived at their destination, ad hoc spending on taxis, souvenirs, trips, ice creams and drinks added up to an average of £218 per family on top of the fees already paid for accommodation and flights.  Those using credit cards whilst abroad also faced an average charge of £6 per person.

Andy Cross from Arcus urged families to plan ahead to keep their costs down; “Although everyone likes to treat themselves on holiday, planning your finances before you set off means you will be less likely to buy on impulse and return to a financial headache.”

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