Second home owners tend to take relatively short breaks overseas, according to a new study.
Research by Foreign Currency Direct found that on average, people with a holiday home visit their property five times a year instead of taking a single two-week break.
Figures also showed that nearly one in ten stay in their alternative residence about once a month, reports Travel Weekly.
Commenting on the findings, chief executive Peter Ellis said this could help account for the dropping popularity of traditional package holidays.
He observed: "We're increasingly money-rich, time-poor, so there has been significant growth in demand for short breaks rather than 7/14 holidays."
The study also found that one in five holiday home owners let friends and relatives use their property without charge, while a similar proportion rent their houses out for a fee.
Meanwhile, HolidayLettings.co.uk has revealed that most of the rental properties listed on its website are in established European markets such as Italy.