Weak dollar enticing British travellers
26 January 2009 10:46
Holidaymakers travelling to the US on shopping excursions should ensure they take out adequate travel insurance.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) claims that the weak dollar is enticing a large number of Brits across the Pond where they are purchasing cheap clothes and other goods.
"Thanks to the growth in no-frills travel many of us are choosing to spend our cash overseas," Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for ABTA, said. "Almost a quarter of Britons now do their Christmas shopping abroad, not to mention the millions spent with foreign websites and mail order companies."
However, travel insurance is vital for those planning to carry a large number of purchases in their luggage on the way home, and for anyone holding large amounts of cash in their hand luggage.
Speaking about jetting off to the States, Ms Tuke said: "The dollar is looking quite weak at the moment so it does seem the time to go.
"We've seen it quite low for a while now so we've seen some good figures to the US.
"You've got to be careful about your tax limit, but otherwise it's a good place to go shopping. Any other countries that take the dollar will also be good places to go."