ATM fees and hidden data roaming charges – the most common reasons Brits get stung on holiday

Over half of Britons have been caught off guard by money problems abroad – and one in four are even stranded without cash

ATM fees are the most common way Brits get caught financially while on holiday
ATM fees are the most common way Brits get caught financially while on holiday

Sky-high ATM fees and hidden data roaming charges are the top reasons Brits get stung financially while on holiday, a study finds.

A survey of 2,000 adults who have been abroad found that more than half (53%) were surprised by money matters abroad.

And another 28% were pocketed an unexpected holiday fee during their stay in the UK.

Overall, 45% of respondents “fear” the reintroduction of roaming charges for holidaymakers in EU countries.

Sayed Hajamaideen, spokesman for SMARTY Mobile, which commissioned the research, said: “People are already spending large sums on vacations, but it certainly hurts to be hit by unexpected charges.

Almost half of Britons fear EU data roaming charges will be rolled back


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“You can plan down to the last euro – or dollar or rupee – but there are things that cannot be legislated for.

“And when it comes to inflated cell phone bills, you often don’t see the damage until weeks after you return, which can be even more annoying.”

Overall, those caught financially on holiday estimate they have been forced to part with just under £200 per person for unexpected expenses.

And that’s despite spending almost four hours planning every possible circumstance to avoid those unnecessary charges.

Just under half (47%) of holidaymakers think it is “very important” to plan a holiday well in advance to avoid surprises.

Other common financial problems that plague Brits abroad are having to pay for extra luggage and trying – and failing – to haggle with a market trader.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that one in five people grabbed something from the minibar just to wince at the cost calculation.

And almost a third (30%) have had to make calls abroad to call their bank to try to resolve a financial problem.

This resulted in 32% through the roof with stress levels, 27% with frozen bank accounts — and 24% stranded without cash.

Sayed Hajamaideen added, “While everyone feels the pressure of rising living costs, SMARTY customers can rest assured that they will never face any unwelcome surprises on their mobile bills, whether at home or abroad.

“We help customers navigate change by giving them control of their phone bills and the ability to customize their data plan to meet their needs.

“You will have one less money matter to worry about when you are abroad in the EU as we remain true to our simple and honest values ​​by not changing our EU policies.”


  1. Received unexpected charges for using an ATM
  2. Pay a fortune on data roaming charges on your phone
  3. Bad exchange rate to change to local currency
  4. Having a taxi bill that is much higher than expected
  5. have to pay for excess baggage
  6. Trying to haggle but still being fleeced on a product
  7. Taking something from the minibar without knowing the price
  8. The way to the checkout and the realization of the VAT were not added to the price
  9. A flight delay means you have to spend another night in a hotel
  10. Not realizing how much the airport transfer would cost
  11. Miss a flight and have to buy a new one
  12. Travel insurance not covering something I thought it would
  13. Skimmed a bank card after using a dodgy ATM or contactless machine
  14. Lose your passport and have to apply for a new one
  15. Unexpected travel expenses related to Covid related to Fit to Fly

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