Brits will make the most of their well-earned breaks this year by planning bigger and bolder holidays according to a new survey.
The survey, by Travelex, of 2,000 Brits, revealed that two thirds (62%) expect to go on one to two holidays this year and they plan to make them ones to remember. In fact, the average Brit expects to spend £941 per person on a holiday, more than twice the median fortnightly take-home pay for UK workers.
Nearly half (48%) also say they take three to six months to plan the trip. Gone are the days of the hand-holding, package deals – favoured by holidaymakers in tough economic times for providing confidence that they can stick to their budgets and will be looked after if anything goes wrong. Travellers, today, who are enjoying greater economic prosperity than five years ago, seem to prefer to take control of their time off and enjoy the freedom of organising their own adventures.
When asked to pick a time in history to travel back to visit, Brits voted the ‘Swinging Sixties’ as the most popular decade. Ancient Rome came a close second, with the younger generation stating this would be the era they would most like to journey back to.
With its explosion of popular culture, its significant moments in history and shake up of the ‘traditional’, the Sixties were a time of exciting change. The decade was daring; pushing boundaries and exploring new territories – Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969, the miniskirt arrived on the fashion scene in 1962, the first James Bond film was screened and politics were questioned by Martin Luther King and David Frost. Evidently, Brits’ yearning to journey back to the Sixties ties back to their desire for adventure, freedom and exciting, new experiences wanted from their holidays today.
Escaping the great British weather to soak up some sun was top of UK holiday goers’ lists when it comes to taking time off. Beach holidays were voted the most popular across all age categories whilst staycations and ski holidays came in last. Scots were found to be the biggest jet-setters, topping the charts as the region most likely to go on 7-8 holidays a year.
However, it’s not just a week in the sun Brits are after – it’s experience too. More than half of respondents (51%) said they expect to be holidaying in space by 2116.