‘Matecations’ on an upward trend

Of the top five types of accommodation that British holidaymakers are planning on using for their overseas getaway this year, a friend’s house came in second place.

While hotels remain the top choice for holiday accommodation (34%), they only beat a friend’s house by a very narrow margin.32% of holidaymakers said they would opt to stay at a friend’s house, beating villas (27%), B&Bs (21%) and camp sites (17%).

This is according to research conducted by MyVoucherCodes, which found that the main reason for going on a ‘matecation’ was to save money. A quarter admitted that they made the decision because they couldn’t be bothered with the ‘hassle’ of finding a hotel, and 14% said that visiting their friend whilst holidaying enabled them to ‘kill two birds with one stone’.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “Planning a holiday abroad can be tricky when you don’t know the country you’re going to, or if you’re simply not sure about where to stay. “If you are lucky enough to have a friend already living where you plan to go then there is nothing wrong with considering this as an accommodation option for your holiday; and it seems that matecations are popular amongst a fair few Britons this year!”

Just over a fifth said they could not afford to go away otherwise – despite the fact that 58% of respondents said their friends would be likely to charge them for their stay. Mark added: “Even if your friends decide to charge you for staying over, it will probably still end up cheaper than what you would normally pay for a regular hotel or villa.

“It’s all about finding the best price when going on holiday, so if you can spend a little bit less in accommodation, then you can save yourself a little bit more for your spending money.” Ensuring you have travel insurance before jetting off can make you significant savings in the event of an emergency.

Date Created: 01 February 2013

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