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A leading insurance company has revealed that the biggest gripe that Brits travelling abroad have is dirty linen in their hotel. It seems that far from concerning ourselves with quality in our daylight hours, we're far more worried about getting a good night's sleep.

Those of us who remember with fondness the antics of the 'Are you being Served' crew on their team holiday getaway to the Costa Plonka will be more than familiar with the idea of arriving to our destination only to find major building works taking place. Enduring building works ranked third in the survey as a leading cause for complaint while on holiday. Drunkenness of our hotel neighbours also proved to be a major bugbear for some as this was a concern for 72% of those surveyed.

While the British obsession with the weather might be a running joke for the rest of the world but according to the research is less of a worry than it used to be. Less than a third of people quoted this as a negative when it comes to vacations abroad. Perhaps the unseasonably cold weather on these shores means that anything would be an improvement?

It seems that once we have spent our hard earned cash on our holidays we don't appreciate holiday reps trying to sell us extra excursions. Around 50 per cent of respondents cited this as a cause for complaint.

The boot is on the other foot though when it comes to the results of a study carried out by a currency exchange company. It is hoteliers rather than tourists who might have cause for concern. Among 2000 holidaymakers quizzed a third said they stocked up on shop bought snacks and drinks to avoid having to pay hotel prices for the same. They stored them in their mini bar fridge however. They also said they had no shame about sneaking breakfast goodies from the morning buffet to enjoy at lunch instead of splashing out in local cafes. Bar and waiting staff abroad might be concerned to learn that cash-strapped Brits are also ditching the tips in a bid to keep holiday costs as low as possible.

With more and more of us watching the pennies these days perhaps neither set of findings should come as a surprise. When spending our hard earned cash on holidays, it seems we're keen to get the best experience for 'our spend' as possible.


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