Brits Holidaying Habits Revealed

Nearly half of Brits favour long-haul holidays

40 per cent opt for two-week getaways

Spain remains staple holiday destination for Brits

As we enter the New Year and spend January planning and booking our next trips, new research reveals exactly the kind of breaks that holidaymakers will be taking this year.

The research, undertaken by travel extras specialists, shows that almost three quarters of us (73 per cent) plan to get away at least twice in 2018, with more than one in ten (13 per cent) hoping to take five or more breaks away this year. Also, nearly half of us (40 per cent) are in favour of hopping on long-haul flights and travelling further for a holiday of two weeks or more.

When looking into the types of holidays that Brits prefer, and where they will be heading, nearly a quarter (24 per cent) choose the classic favourite of ‘sun, sea and sand’ as their destination of choice. This is reflected in the top destinations chosen by holidaymakers – Spain remains a popular choice with almost one in five (18 per cent) Brits saying they plan a Spanish visit this year. Spain as a favorite was closely followed by the Canary Islands, where 14 per cent of those polled said they hoped to visit these shores 2018.   

A further 22 per cent say that the cost of their holiday is a key factor when selecting their break, and another quarter of respondents reveal themselves to be in search of new cultural experiences, with ‘city, culture and cuisine’ taking 23 per cent of the vote. Only two per cent picked a more active, sporty break as their trip of choice and only three per cent making their destination based on available family attractions and days out.      

Commenting on the research, Ant Clarke-Cowell at Holiday Extras said: “Our regular polls provide an interesting insight into our customers’ travel habits and preferences, allowing us to explore a range of relevant hot topics. Knowing more about where and how people prefer to travel helps us to make every trip a better trip for all of our customers.”

From airport lounges, hotels and parking to holiday insurance and destination car hire, as the UK market leader for travel extras, Holiday Extras make travel better.

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*A series of polls completed in 2017 with 12,000 respondents.