Keep Calm and Travel On

HX_Victoria_023_Frood All A-board! Pop-up Colouring Installation at London Victoria Spreads Zen to Tense Travellers
One Third of Brits Admit to Suffering from Holiday Stress
Named and Shamed – The Top Ten Causes for Travel Tension  

A giant colouring board was installed at London Victoria on August 8, with the aim to bring some calm to the one in three British holidaymakers who will experience travel-related stress this summer.

With 13 per cent of people claiming to experience high or extreme levels of stress while travelling, the artful installation hopes to spread some zen by encouraging members of the public to pick up a pen and enjoy one of the nation’s favourite calming crazes together.

According to, the travel extras company that created the board, pre-getaway anxiety leaves almost half (46 per cent) of holidaymakers unable to sleep the night beforeHX_Victoria_027_Chodi Izudra their trip. A fifth of people will also fall out with a friend or family member whilst travelling.

The most common causes for frustration for holiday travellers are queues at the airports, busy crowds and the ever tricky task of reaching a departure point.

A list of the top 10 most annoying airport characters, as voted for by the UK public, has also been revealed:

  1. Kids that kick your seat
  2. Loud groups of travellers
  3. Airport queue jumpers
  4. People that invade your seating area with luggage or by reclining too far
  5. Angry travellers
  6. People using loud electronic devices including tinny headphone music and text alerts
  7. Passengers that eat noisily or eat smelly foods
  8. People that meander along, most likely as a result of staring at their phones
  9. Baggage carousel bullies
  10. People using selfie sticks

The secret to calm travel, according to two thirds of those polled, is preparing your journey in advance – with the average Brit investing 8 hours and 40 minutes planning holiday logistics to minimise stressful situations. However, despite a third of people acknowledging that they’d get more from their breaks, save money and start their holiday in a better mood with better travel plans in place, one in ten still leave it to the last minute to plan, if it all!

Distraction tools such as colouring books, films, books, music and apps were the second most popular choice for a smooth journey, proving particularly popular with female travellers. Other soothing suggestions from survey respondents included taking food to avoid ‘hanger’, utilising the airport lounge to escape the crowds and taking a phone/checking emails so that they can keep up to date on the move.

Carolyne Creed, Getaways Guru and Well-being Advisor at Holiday Extras, said: “A great holiday can make the world of difference to your outlook and as our research has revealed, there can be a few challenges to face before you reach that all-important point of rest and relaxation. All of our findings suggest that the more prepared you can be for your trip, both mentally and logistically, the better it will be and that’s what inspired us to launch our Vacay Sensei campaign.

“We hope that our colouring board installation helps to share a little zen among frazzled rail users, whether making their way to check in for a flight or enjoying a day in London. Of course a pop-up colouring board won’t always be to hand but there are plenty of tools available to make sure that the next getaway is enjoyable from the outset.”

Holidaymakers wanting to download their very own copy of the Holiday Extras Vacay Sensei colouring board are invited to visit Further information about the many services the company offers to help over 7 million travellers a year make holidays better every year (from airport hotels to Meet and Greet parking) is also available at



Notes to editors

*Results based on a nationwide survey completed in June 2016 with 1,004 respondents.

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