SUN ONLINE, AUGUST 3, 2019
COVERAGE FOR ANGLIAN HOME IMPROVEMENTS
VACATION VEXATION: One in ten Brits have never enjoyed a holiday abroad and 18 per cent say they always get homesick
ONE in ten Brits have never had a foreign holiday they enjoyed, and more than half (54 per cent) of the nation have frequently had such a bad time away that they wish they hadn’t bothered wasting the money on the trip, according to a nationwide study.
Almost four out of five (78 per cent) of Brits said they have struggled to enjoy at least one or two foreign holidays in their lifetime, and six in ten have fought with their family while abroad because no one seemed to be having fun.
In fact, things can get so bad that five percent of Brits confess they would rather be at work as they hate holidaying with their family so much.
When it comes to what disappoints British tourists, a quarter (24 percent) said it was underpar accommodation, the same number (24 percent) said it was food poisoning, and 22 percent simply find it too hot abroad.
More than one in 10 (12 percent) admit they just cannot switch off while away, 17 percent have disliked the food and one in ten find spending so much time with their family really annoying.
The study, by Anglian Home Improvements, also found that more than a third (36 percent) of Brits claim have had a holiday ruined by home-sickness.
In fact, as many as 72 percent of British adults admit to getting homesick on holiday, with a massive 18 percent saying they ALWAYS do.
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Top of the list of things that Brits abroad miss most when on holiday is their own bed (50 percent), followed by having their own space (31 percent), their own pillow or bedding (26 percent) and their pet (24 percent).
More than a third (21 percent) simply missed their routine, and 19 percent wanted to see the friends and family they’d left at home.
The study found that 16 percent of Brits missed a proper cup of tea, 11 percent craved fresh milk, and nine percent pined for a Sunday Roast.
Almost a third (31 percent) of Brits admitted to taking tea bags on holiday with them, while 18 percent packed coffee, 16 percent stashed chocolate and six percent even travelled with a jar of marmite.
“At Anglian, we understand that your home is a haven for you and your family, but we were surprised at just how many people suffer from homesickness when they’re on holiday.
“Our study shows that there really is no place like home!”
The study found that 18 percent of Brits prefer staying in the UK, and one in 10 would rather be at home than on a luxury trip.
Almost a fifth (17 percent) would actively describe themselves as a homebody and 12 percent get uncomfortable being away from home.
The study also found that 31 percent of Brits take a special item abroad with them, with 28 percent packing a teddy bear and a fifth (21 percent) carrying photos of loved ones.
A further 18 percent took a childhood toy, 11 percent a family heirloom and 17 percent always travel with a pair of lucky pants.
Three quarters (74 percent) have panicked when they realised they left their special item at homes and 64 percent even went so far as to say their holiday was ruined.
Despite this, more than half (53 percent) have had a holiday abroad that was perfect from start to finish.