Overseas holiday accommodation costs are becoming a “deal breaker” for cost conscious travellers, the boss of a new website that rents out private homes claims.
An independent One Poll survey of 2,000 UK holidaymakers found that more than half (50.6%) said the cost of accommodation was the most important factor when deciding where to stay. This was in contrast to the 18% who said cleanliness was most important.
Radek Dobrolecki, director of WhereToSleep.co.uk, said: “For many, the cost of accommodation has become a deal breaker when it comes to holidaying abroad and these travellers are crying out for cheaper alternatives to expensive hotel rooms.
“In some of the most popular travel destinations private holiday lets are up to 65% cheaper than the average hotel room rate so there are enormous savings to be made as well as experiencing something a little different when travelling abroad.”
Meanwhile, the number of private holiday rental bookings in the UK has risen by nearly a tenth (8.5%) over the last five months. The average UK holiday room rent is now £55 per night compared to a hotel room which averages at £83 per night.
Dobrolecki said: “Despite the gloomy economic outlook, holidays are still incredibly important to people. Individuals are reluctant to cut out their annual vacation altogether and are instead looking for ways to cut costs when abroad.
“Similarly, homeowners are on the lookout for ways of making a little extra money to help cover costs and more and more are choosing to rent out their spare rooms or entire properties on a short-term basis to holidaymakers. These are much cheaper than hotels on average and give travellers the opportunity to experience living away from the traditional tourist traps.”