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MSE Poll: How much do you spend on holidays in a year?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
Poll started 21 January 2020
It's January, peak holiday-booking season, the time of year when travel firms compete for our cash with special offers and deals.

So this week, we wanted to know how much of your income you spend on them.

How much AFTER-TAX income do you spend on all your holidays (UK and abroad) in one year?
Did you vote? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below.

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  • duncanthedogduncanthedog Forumite
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    When you are retired on a low income it is not easy to have a holiday but then when you are retired, what do you need to have a holiday to get away from?

    My answer was based on when I was last working full time so it was about 4 times monthly take-home pay - £4000
  • ginger_chocolateginger_chocolate Forumite
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    Always feel slightly guilty about my holiday spending (about 2-4 weeks income most years, but twice that last year when we had a "big" holiday as a one off) - this poll makes me feel a bit better as apparently I'm fairly normal!
  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    As a single adult I've not holidayed as a rule.

    I did pay £80 in 1987 for a week in an annexe at the seaside.
    I did go camping in 2018, costing me about £30 + £20 or so fuel.

    That's been it in, say, 40 years of being an adult who could theoretically go on holidays.

    For one person, they're very expensive ... and what are you going for? Plodding around alone (in the rain in England) is something you can do at home without going away and picking the worst week.
  • MightMouseMightMouse Forumite
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    Quite surprised to see how much of peoples income they spend on holiday.
  • ginger_chocolateginger_chocolate Forumite
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    MightMouse wrote: »
    Quite surprised to see how much of peoples income they spend on holiday.

    Holidays are really important to a lot of people so they happily sacrifice other things to be able to spend on them. I have one middle-high income friend goes abroad 6-8 times every year, but lives in a tiny flat, with no car and rarely spends money on any other non-essentials. She'd rather spend her free time travelling the globe than have the nice house that she could otherwise afford. Horses for courses (I would worry about my carbon footprint though...).
  • MurphybearMurphybear Forumite
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    Since we retired we don’t usually bother with holidays.

    A couple of years ago it was our 20th anniversary and we splashed out a bit on a 2 Centre holiday in Cumbria and Northumberland. It was very nice but afterwards we realised we had spent a lot of money and the holiday became a distant memory too quickly.

    As we live in a lovely part of the country we have lots of days out and the occasional overnight stay, sometimes we have a “staycation” and go out for nice meals.

    As Duncanthedog said, once you’re retired do you really need a holiday?

    We have some wealthy friends who spend lots of time and money on holidays and their poor designer cats spend a lot of their life in the cattery. I would hate to do that.
  • Wow. Our holiday spending has increased quite a lot over the last few years and I've been feeling really rather guilty about it, but we only spend 3.5 weeks' income on holidays a year. I'm really surprised to see how much more most people spend! (Not criticising, just really interested!)

    (If you count spending meals out at home as well as when we're away - which is a big part of our holiday budget because it's a big part of the fun - then it does go up a bit, but still wouldn't take us up above the 4 week section.)
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  • CharllieSaysCharllieSays Forumite
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    Haven't been on holiday in over a decade, as I didn't enjoy travelling alone. But I live near(ish) the beach and only visit during the summer, so it feels like I'm on holiday if I take long weekends off work. I guess I could pay to do that in another country, but I don't see the point.
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  • Dineen33Dineen33 Forumite
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    We dont go on holidays. Cant stand the other holidaymakers.

    Almost everywhere is spoiled by other people.

    Yes, I know, I'm a miserable "B".
  • Molly_MulldoonMolly_Mulldoon Forumite
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    Couldn't agree more :rotfl:
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