Travellers in for Christmas bonus as £819m of currency is stashed at home

Millions of people could look forward to a Christmas boost this year as it has been revealed that a whopping £819 MILLION of foreign currency is brought back home and left unused by holidaymakers.
Households have, on average, £90 worth of notes and coins stuffed into suitcases and swimming shorts. Even more shocking is the fact that we spend a total of £725 MILLION of our unused currency at the airport on giant Toblerones and fridge magnets. In response, a campaign has been launched to remind people to change up their currency in time for Christmas to give their festive spending a boost.

The campaign was launched by online FX company Currency Online Group in response to a nationwide survey around holiday money that unveiled:

60% of travellers – 27.1 million – over budget on the amount of cash taken for spending money on holiday
A total of £2.5 billion in foreign currency comes home with us unused
Roughly £90 is brought back in excess currency per trip
65% – 29 million – of us say we’re currently hoarding excess currency from previous trips abroad
Totted up, £819m worth of currency is sitting at home in suitcases, spare drawers and boxes under the bed.

Paul Brewer, CEO of, said “We know from experience that people tend to bring currency back with them from their holidays and some of it gets spent in Duty Free on oversized confectionary but most likely it gets lost or forgotten about. That is such a waste, so we wanted to find out exactly how much was being lost across the country and make people aware. Hopefully people will be tempted to dig out their unused notes and give themselves a Christmas bonus this year”.

To enable people to cash in, provide a market beating Buy Back service that lets you send your unused notes via Royal Mail Special Delivery and get GBP paid straight into your bank account within 3 days. The online service, launched last year with very competitive rates, has been a hit with travellers who have grown tired of high street outlets where mark ups can be prohibitively expensive.

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