TOURIST SCAMS EXPOSED: AND THEY ARE COSTING HOLIDAYMAKERS A FORTUNE

New research from Satsuma reveals the most widely known tourist scams and the shocking monetary value of ‘holiday mishaps’

The survey of 2,000 adults revealed that while on holiday, the average person saves £460 for spending money. This doesn’t include the extra luggage charge that 1 in 5 Brits are faced with at the airport. When arriving at the hotel, 1 in 4 travellers find they have to pay extra just to use the Wi-Fi and 43% of people in Britain are hit with tourist tax at the end of their stay. The below table shows the most common issues faced when on holiday:

Issue % of UK travellers affected
Flight delay lasting over three hours 32%
Charges for Wi-fi 26%
Having liquids taken from you due to hand luggage policies 25%
Excessive luggage charges 19%
Charges for air conditioning 15%
Lost luggage 14%
Hotel had no record of your booking 7%
Hotel/accommodation double booking 6%
Charge for not printing boarding card 5%
Charge for staying too long in the airport car park 5%
Hotel/accommodation not accepting your booking 5%
Charge to bring back items 3%


The real price of a holiday revealed

The nationwide research revealed that the true cost of a holiday can exceed initial expectations as travellers often forget to incorporate transport and clothing into the equation. The table below shows how much the average UK holidaymaker will spend to enjoy a few days away in the sun:

Item Average cost
The actual holiday package £713.16
Spending money £458.70
Transport £155.98
Upgrades £98.73
Pet care £86.70
Clothes for my children £84.96
Clothes for yourself £80.62
Insurance £70.07
Parking at airport £62.80
Childcare £51.91
House care £51.66


The most widely known holiday ‘scams’

Hidden costs and tourist scams are truly something that can affect everybody, even the most well-seasoned traveller. The results from the research reveal a worrying number of travellers are naive to the most common scams, with only 12% being aware of the ‘Friendly ATM helper’

Scam How many travellers are aware of the scam 
Injured or Child Beggars 34.50%
Broken Taxi Meter 18.15%
Fake Police Officers 15.00%
Free Bracelets or Rosemary 14.40%
Group Photo Offer 13.50%
Overbooked or Closed Hotel 13.45%
Friendly ATM Helper 12.75%
Attraction Is Closed 8.30%
Spills on Your Clothing 8.05%
Fake Hotel Wakeup Call 2.70%