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Us Brits are actually very adventurous in our explorations abroad

Getting lost abroad is all part of the adventure according to a survey* by Villa Rental Specialists Owners Direct which revealed that we actually like to get lost on holiday and discover a hidden gem along the way.

Over 50% of those surveyed said that they had turned to a local for help or advice and had often been taken into the family home for a warm drink and directions home, or had come across an amazing landmark, restaurant or beauty spot as a result of following their own noses.

As tempting as it is to take a shortcut home though, take caution from this tale of a holidaymaker who did just that and found themselves sprinting across an airport runway in Reykjavik.

Another holiday maker wished they’d checked their route before setting out when they found themselves in the middle of a live firing range – they were quickly escorted to safety!

Many travellers said that they’d actually discovered something far more interesting whilst lost – a restaurant, bar, museum or exhibition that they wouldn’t have found otherwise. And with a little extra help from the locals, they managed to get around very easily. Some even commented that they purposefully don’t use maps or sat nav because getting lost is all part of the adventure.

And when it comes to getting from A to B, many holidaymakers actually found their sat nav more of a hindrance than a help, ending up in dead end roads, on a precarious harbour edge or even in a town with the same name 50 miles away from their destination of choice.

The results showed that families want to live like the locals and often opted to find areas of interest and lesser known sites through their own adventures or by talking to the locals – with getting lost along being part of the fun.

“Us Brits are actually very adventurous in our explorations abroad and this survey shows that Venice is one of the most popular places to find yourself lost in” says Angela Southall, Owners Direct Marketing Manager.

So with more and more families opting for self catering holidays to keep costs down and enjoy a little more freedom, travellers are taking the planning into their own hands and looking for a little local guidance. Owners Direct has seen an increase in the amount of useful information rental owners are supplying for their guests to make sure they don’t venture too far off the beaten track, with some even going to the extent of pre-programming a sat nav with useful destinations to avoid mistakes.

Public transport seems to play havoc with many holidaymakers’ best efforts with hours or even days lost to getting on the wrong buses or trains – one said that they boarded the train home from France to London (Londres) and ended up in Lourdes.

Whilst many go out of their way to help guests find their way around, one owner even shows them what to look out for if they do end up straying. “I send our guests a hints and tips list prior to their departure full of interesting places to see, best places to eat, and which landmarks to look out for in the event they get lost!” she explains.

Owners Direct also provides advice on its website for owners on what type of information to provide in a welcome pack to set visitors off on the right path – and find adventures of their own along the way**.


Notes to Editors

For more information, images or quotes please contact Catherine or Eveleen at Publicity Oxford – 01491 822645 or / 01491 822647 or

*Survey conducted with 619 people in January 2012.
** Useful information for owners

Owners Direct specialises in advertising privately owned holiday accommodation direct from the owner. We have advertised holiday properties since 1997 and on our web site you will find over 40,000 villas, apartments, chalets, farmhouses and cottages. From Fincas in Spain to traditional Riads in Morocco and beach villas in Koh Samui, Owners Direct offer all types of holiday accommodation in a diverse selection countries throughout the world.
In August 2007 Owners Direct became part of HomeAway Inc. which owns some of the largest rentals websites in the US and Europe. We continue to operate as a separate brand from our offices in London.

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