TWENTY QUID to use the internet? We reveal the holiday expenses we feel most ripped-off by when we're abroad.
As four British tourists were charged £54 for four ice creams on holiday in Rome, we reveal that hotel WiFi, tourist trips and withdrawing cash abroad are the three biggest holiday rip-offs, according to our survey of more than 600 travellers.
While four Brits recently hit the headlines for getting charged a whopping £54 for four ice cream cones in Rome, holidaymakers name taking out cash abroad as the biggest holiday 'rip-off'.
In our recent survey, we quizzed more than 600 people what they thought were the biggest financial swindles on their business travels and foreign holidays. Almost one in five travellers said the cost of withdrawing cash abroad was the number one con. With many banks charging commission of up to 3% of the withdrawal amount, this leaves many holidaymakers feeling short changed.
Organised tours and excursions took second place with 17% of those polled claiming these were often 'overhyped, overrated and overpriced'.
The third biggest rip off’, taking 13% of the vote, is extortionate hotel Wi-Fi charges. With some hotels charging more than £20 for internet access, this is a real bugbear for travellers, especially those on business, to whom WiFi is a necessity. Twenty quid to use the internet? Does that come with a bottle of something?
However, it’s not all bad news for Brits abroad with 99% of holidaymakers happy with the cost of a pint, saying alcohol in-resort often comes at a fair price. If a keenly-priced is high on your list of holiday must-haves, check out guide to 7 of the best drinking destinations in Europe.
Extra charges and hidden costs can catch out even the savviest jetsetter. Many Brits are still feeling the pinch and unplanned and unexpected charges abroad can quickly amount. While many hotels still charge for WiFi, we would hope that in future they will offer this as a free service.