Research Sheds Light on Amount of Unused UK Travel Money Left Gathering Dust

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Post Office Travel Money reminds travellers to exchange foreign currency upon return

According to recent research from online travel agent, nine out of 10 holidaymakers fail to cash in leftover foreign currency when they return to UK shores.

The research also reveals that UK holidaymakers return with an average of £24 in unused travel money, with one-third of those surveyed stating they "couldn't be bothered" to change their foreign currency back into sterling. The research estimates this equates to £800m in unused travel money in homes across the UK. Furthermore, some 37 per cent of UK travellers say they forget to take this leftover travel money with them for their next holiday.

As the summer holiday season hits its peak, Post Office Travel Money advises its travellers to exchange their foreign currency as soon as they return from holiday. Customers who have purchased their travel money through the Post Office can exchange notes or travellers cheques commission-free at any Post Office branch - customers just need to bring their receipt as proof of purchase .

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