British families fork out more than two and a half months’ salary on summer break

London (01 June 2016) – The average British family will spend two and half months’ wages on their summer holiday, according to new research by shopping website with a heart, Give as you Live.

01 JUNE 2016
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The average British family will spend two and half months’ wages on their summer holiday, according to new research by shopping website with a heart, Give as you Live.

London (01 June 2016) – The average British family will spend two and half months’ wages on their summer holiday, according to new research by shopping website with a heart, Give as you Live.

A family of four will spend an average of £1,074.40 per person on an annual break – the equivalent of two and a half months' pay after tax, based on the average permanent wage of £26,411 in the UK.*

Regions

Glasgow £1,922.97

Nottingham £1,395.08

Sheffield £1,375.93

Manchester £1,238.95

Liverpool £1,090.43

Southampton £1,059.09

Oxford £1,121.88

Newcastle £1,036.25

London £1,032.58

Cardiff £1,003.33

Bristol £984.38

Leeds £859.38

Birmingham £843.57

Norwich £812.90

Coventry £790.32

Aberdeen £475

More than a third (35%) said having enough money is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday, while a quarter (26%) thought deciding where to go is the most difficult choice. Women (38%) were more likely to feel having enough money is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday, compared to men (30%).

Across the nation

Among cities in the UK, Glaswegians are the biggest spenders among us, splashing £1,922.97 per person on summer breaks, and reporting 24% of spend more than £5,000 on their summer holiday.

Glasgow holiday-makers were leagues ahead in their spending of second place Belfast (£1606.82) and third place Nottingham (£1395.08).

While many cited having enough money or choosing where to go as a holiday challenge, those in Birmingham (15%) and Nottingham (21%) say getting time off work is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday. Cardiff residents (24%) however, said finding the best deals is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday.

Hey (young) big spender

It seems the idea of being broke at university is a myth, with the young among us reportedly spending the most per person on their summer break.

Those aged 18 to 24-years-old said they spend an average of £1,350.83 on their usual summer holiday, and feel deciding where to go is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday (30%).

However, that figure dropped to £758.66 per person among 25 to 34-year-olds – the lowest in the age groups queried, where 44% said having enough money is the hardest part of booking a summer holiday.

These results come from a survey by Give as you Live of more than 1,000 consumers across the UK, who were asked about their summer holiday plans.

Greg Hallett, Managing Director, Give as you Live commented, “We all need a well-earned summer break, and British families are certainly splashing out for their getaways. While most holidays are worth every penny, sites such as Giveasyoulive.com can lower the burden by helping you find great deals and book leisurely trips through travel companies such as Booking.com, Expedia and British Airways. The best part? You’ll also raise money for your chosen charity when booking."

Every purchase bought via Give as you Live, generates a percentage of the purchase value which is donated to the charity of the shopper’s choice. This all happens at no extra cost, as Give as you Live makes the donation on the shopper’s behalf from the commission paid by the retailer.

To date, Give as you Live has helped to raise over £7 million for UK charities. Every registered UK charity can benefit, and more than 4,000 online retailers are taking part, including Tesco, John Lewis, Selfridges, lastminute.com, ASOS.com and many more.

For more information about Give as you Live, please visit: www.giveasyoulive.com

*Based on data from PayScale

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Working with all 220,000 UK-registered charities, Give as you Live enables supporters to raise funds for any charity of their choice every time they shop online, without spending a penny more. Give as you Live can unlock the ‘hidden millions’ available to UK charities through their supporters’ online shopping, seamlessly moving money from the corporate sector at no cost to the charity or general public. So far, Give as you Live has helped shoppers raise £3,878,449.90 for charities in the UK.

Participating charities can receive up to 90% revenue share and already more than 400 charities receiving over £25 per year per supporter, with almost half receiving over £50 per year per supporter, through Give as you Live. The donation shown on the Give as you Live website is always the value that the charity receives.

Give as you Live can be used with over 2,600 of the biggest online retailers, from supermarkets, to travel agents, to dating sites. In addition to the likes of Expedia, John Lewis, iTunes, and lastminute.com, the most recent retailers to sign up include ASOS, Argos and EDF Energy, with the full list available here. Taking levels of UK online shopping into account, Give as you Live has the potential to raise £2billion every year for the UK’s charities.

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