One in five Brits have bumped into someone they know while travelling on holiday.
Almost half of those will stick around to chat, but a whopping 20 per cent say they try to avoid them.
It seems a sizeable sect just want to enjoy their holiday without being seen.
The research from online flight comparison company Jetcost.co.uk found the most likely place to see someone you know from back home is the Canary Islands – a popular holiday choice for Brits in search of sun.
Holidays 2017: You’re more likely to bump into someone you know if you head here
More than 2,000 Brits were surveyed in the study and 14 per cent of them admitted seeing someone from the UK while holidaying in the sunny Spanish destination.
The next most popular place for running into acquaintances was Turkey, with 12 per cent of the vote.
Mainland Spain came next with 11 per cent, followed by Greece on six per cent.
Egypt is also a familiar spot for spotting fellow Brits, with six per cent of pollers admitting to a run-in there.
Holidays 2017: The most common place to run into someone familiar is at your resort
So once you’re on holiday, where are you most likely to spot prying eyes?
The most popular place to see someone you know is at the resort, which 34 per cent of Brits admitted to.
The next most familiar is the airport with 30 per cent, followed by the beach on 22 per cent.
Of these sightings, a third say they waved them on and 20 per cent avoided them altogether.
Reasons given included not wanting to risk having to spend time together (49 per cent).
Holidays 2017: Turkey was the second most popular place to run into people you know from the UK
When you book a holiday, you typically do it to get away from real life; work, friends, family, everything
Running into someone you know proves more popular with German nationals, with over a quarter bumping into familiar faces on holiday (26 per cent).
It’s a less popular habit made by those in France, with 17 per cent admitting to a run-in.
A Jetcost.co.uk spokesperson said: “When you book a holiday, you typically do it to get away from real life; work, friends, family, everything.
“Whilst usually surprising, it can be nice to see people you know abroad, you can share experiences and give each other tips on what to do and where to go, but many people don’t want to run the risk of coupling up and spending the holiday together – if you wanted to do that, you’d have booked the holiday together, after all.”