Holidays have always been a vital part of British culture. Whether it’s jetting off into the sun away from an overcast summer, or making the most of the beautiful sights closer to home; city breaks, resort holidays, ski trips, Brits do it all.
From the rise of the ‘staycation’ in the past decade to Brexit border control fears, we were interested in finding out about our holiday habits. We wanted to know how long people went on holiday for, where they were going and what they were doing.
Unsurprisingly, most of our holidays abroad are to nearby countries in the EU, with 9 out of 10 of the top 10 being in Europe. This could be for a number of reasons, such as shorter flights, less visa restrictions, diversity of cultures or the opportunity for warmer climates fairly close by. Spain was the most visited country in 2017, as Brits followed the crowds to hotter climates, lush beaches and cheap package holidays.
While 86% of us went on holiday in some form in 2018, we found that 1% more people went without a holiday than in 2017. Although, we did also find that fewer holidaymakers vacationed only in the UK last year, with more taking trips exclusively abroad or having the best of both worlds.
Additionally, the average UK household spends almost a quarter of their annual income on holidays – about £6000! A quarter of people had to borrow money in order to go on holiday and a further 28% surveyed said they’ll be spending more money next year in order to get away. When it comes to taking time to enjoy ourselves, Brits won’t let anything get in their way.
Check out our findings below and see how you measure up to the rest of the country.