What We Take & Where We Go: How Britain Holidays

Brits love to holiday. Our famous rainy weather often means that we look abroad to hotter climates to enjoy our time off work. But where do we go, how do we get there, and who do we take? Here, we look at how Britain Holidays – from our favourite destinations to the unusual things we like to take with us.

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  • Overall, 86% of Britons said they took a holiday either at home or abroad in the 12 months to August 2016.
  • In the UK you are entitled to 28 days holiday for a person working five days a week.

Brits Favourite Destinations

  • Spain
  • France
  • Greece
  • USA
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Egypt

7 out of 10 UK households took a holiday in the past year.

Type of Holidays Preferred

  • City Break- 53%
  • A Beach Holiday- 38%
  • A Countryside Break- 24%
  • An All-inclusive Holiday- 18%
  • Lake & Mountains- 10%
  • An Activity Holiday –9%
  • A Cruise- 8%
  • Renting Private Home– 7%

Which Part Spends the Most on Holidays

  • East Midlands : £1,473 per household
  • UK average: £1,951 per household
  • Northern Ireland : $3,219 per household

Britons love to Travel With…

  • Partner only : 51%
  • Immediate Family: 39%
  • Adult Only Group: 23%
  • Extended Family: 20%
  • Alone : 13%
  • Group of friends including kids: 6%

Reasons Britons Choose Holiday Packages

  • Having Everything Taken Care of (Travel arrangements etc)  – 73%
  • Best Value Option for Price – 59%
  • Convenience -42%
  • I wanted an all-inclusive holiday – 36%
  • Reputation of Company-33%
  • Financial Protection- 29%
  • To be looked after in case something went wrong- 19%

Men

  • Spend an average of £392 a week on travel and accomodation.
  • Use £249 of spending money.
  • They usually go for destinations involving sports, outdoor activities and an exciting nightlife.

Women

  • Spend an average of £353 a week on travel and accommodation.
  • Women use £205 of spending money.
  • Women preferred holidays that provided them a break from the city.

Booking Methods

  • Online-76%
  • Over the Phone-21%
  • In- Person- 19%
  • Someone Else Booked-11%

Unusual Things Brits take on Holiday

  • Teabags- 54%
  • Notebook- 28%
  • Umbrella-25%
  • Biscuits-25%
  • Torch-23%
  • Bath Sponge-15%
  • Mug-12%

Number of Visits abroad by UK residents in 2016 by Mode of Travel (in 1,000s)

  • Air- 59,583
  • Sea- 6,686
  • Tunnel- 4,546

However…

  • 1 out of 3 people admit to worrying about work while holidaying.
  • Holidaymakers admit to spending at least 15 minutes a day working while holidaying.
  • 34% can’t stop thinking about mounting workloads.
  • 29% admit that they find the holiday more stressful than relaxing.
  • 13% say that it takes them at least three days to settle in the holiday mood and relax.

Facts and Stats

  • 62% of the most affluent households took a package holiday last year.
  • 73% choose a package holiday because everything is taken care of.
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