Brits can’t live without holidays

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Despite the economic downturn and the Prime Minister’s calls for holidaymakers to stay in the UK this summer, a number of Brits are heading overseas in search of sun, sea, sand and relaxation.

Research from price comparison website, found that millions of Britons can’t live without a holiday. The majority of UK travellers take one or two holidays a year with over 55’s taking the most holidays of any age group. Those aged 18-24 take the least amount of holidays in comparison.

Only a quarter of people said that a ‘staycation’ is their ideal option for a holiday. Almost half of Britons (45%) said that their ideal holiday outside of the UK would be within Europe. Almost one in three (30%) said their perfect holiday would be outside of Europe.

The research found that a staggering 57% of 18-25 year olds would prefer to spend their holiday at the beach compared to 25-35 year olds who would prefer to choose an active or sporty holiday. Florida was crowned as the ideal destination for beach lovers.

Mhairi Duffin, Head of Travel Insurance at says: "While it may not be the most exciting part of arranging your family holiday, travel insurance should always be one of your main priorities if you want to be able to relax and enjoy your time away.

"Hopefully your holiday will go according to plan, but if anything was to go wrong having the right travel insurance in place can help make sure you're protected in the event of baggage being lost, your holiday being cancelled or someone in your party falling ill."

"Family travel policies can be very reasonable and getting the whole family covered on one policy tends to be much more convenient than taking out separate policies, leaving you more time to concentrate on the more enjoyable aspects of planning your holiday!"

During these times of financial difficulty many holidaymakers will be looking to bag a bargain. However, they could incur hefty credit card fines if they are not aware of the fees and charges for using cards abroad.

Prepaid cards could offer an alternative to using credit cards on holiday. A fixed amount of money can be loaded onto prepaid cards, and unlike credit cards they aren’t linked to your bank account.


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