£800m foreign cash held in British homes

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Nine out of 10 holidaymakers fail to convert leftover foreign currency back to sterling when they return home, a survey suggests today.

In a poll for the online travel agent Sunshine, 89 per cent of people questioned said they did not bother to change their holiday money when they got back to the UK, despite having an average of £24 left.

A third said they could not be bothered to re-convert the money, while 47 per cent said they kept it for their next trip. But 37 per cent of those who held on to leftover travel money for their next holiday admitted they usually forgot to take it with them.

Sunshine estimates that Britons could collectively have nearly £800m in unused foreign currency at home because of their reluctance to change it back.