Over a fifth of foreign holidays are booked in the workplace

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

As the first full week back at work following the Christmas break comes to a close, Brits are well and truly back into the swing of normal life.

Prepaid cards for holidaysBut it seems workers are struggling to get the ‘holiday mode’ out of their system, as it emerges that a fifth of all overseas holidays are booked in the workplace.

Independent travel agency sunshine.co.uk conducted a poll after noticing a rise in holiday bookings made between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

Describing the findings as a “big surprise”, the agency discovered that 21% of people book holidays abroad on the company’s time.

Chris Clarkson, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, said: “We’ve always wondered if the bookings we receive in what would typically be working hours were made by people at home or those at work who were supposed to be doing what they were paid for.

“To see that a fifth of holidays are booked in the workplace was a big surprise. Clearly, employees in the UK are taking liberties when it comes to their working hours and the access they have to the internet.”

Home was the most popular place to finalise a holiday, with 42% making bookings from here. Some 17% book whilst at the house of a friend or relative, and 11% do so via a device or gadget hooked up to the internet.

In an increasingly connected society, just 4% will go to a travel agent for help with booking their trip.

“My advice is to always book holidays in your own time, or else your boss might not let you go!” Mr Clarkson added.

Wherever you book your holiday, remember to sort out your travel money well in advance. Avoid poor exchange rates and steep commission charges by comparing the market before jetting off, rather than buying currency last minute at the airport.


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