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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Why Brits Avoid Holidaying Abroad

We haven't been abroad on holiday for a good few years now. I will be completely up front when I say the main reason for this is the expense. I have yet to find a 7 night holiday for the 5 of us in school holidays for less than £2500 and that's for basic accommodation and not including our spending money. We simply don't have this sort of spare cash lying around and usually take a few shorter breaks in the UK instead which for us are much easier to budget for. Whether this be glamping in Yorkshire, visiting historical sites such as Stonehenge or staying in a holiday rental closer to home, the great British staycation is certainly something our family enjoys.





A new survey has revealed why Brits avoided travelling abroad this summer.

Holiday company Cottages in Northumberland asked 10,000 British holidaymakers why they packed away their passports and opted to holiday closer to home.

Survey participants were asked to give their reasons for the decision, with the likes of language barriers and the love of home comforts topping the poll.

The research follows a report by The Telegraph newspaper earlier this year that revealed a rise in people choosing to ‘staycation’ rather than taking a trip abroad.

Lost in translation
A difference in language scooped a high percentage of the vote - with 32% of women and 23% of men citing language barriers as their primary reason for staying local.
Overall, one in four respondents said that the language barrier stops them from holidaying outside the UK.

No place like home
Home comforts proved popular with many respondents, taking almost 27% of the overall vote - while the love of all things British was a particularly popular choice with men, getting 26% of their vote.
Regionally, familiar surroundings were a leading choice in the East of England, securing 38.2% of votes.

Culture club
The country’s natural beauty and historical appeal also have a place in the nation’s hearts - securing a combined total of 41% in the overall survey.
Other respondents offered up their own alternative answers, with the love of the British countryside and the UK’s cultural diversity proving popular.

Pet peeves
Concerns over their pets proved to be a popular reason for Brits holidaying at home - with 12.2% preferring to take a break with their furry friends.
For other respondents, the opportunity to holiday with their dog was a big part of the British appeal - with many hotels, pubs and restaurants around the country catering for their four-legged friends.



Some respondents offered up their own alternatives - with popular answers including access to transport, being able to keep in contact with family and a love of British fish and chips.



Angela Mazingham, Director of Operations at Cottages in Northumberland, said: 

“It doesn’t surprise me that more and more people are looking to enjoy a ‘staycation’ in our beautiful country. With a stunning coastline, breath-taking countryside, a wealth of fascinating history and so much for all the family to do and see, Britain is an excellent option for people looking to travel, explore and relax, without the hassle.”

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