The number of adults planning to take overseas holidays has roughly halved in the last 18 months with some vowing never to travel overseas again, according to a new study.
Research from insurance giant Aviva’s latest How We Live report, reveals in December 2019, 66% of UK adults planned to take a holiday abroad in year ahead, while three quarters expected to enjoy a UK break during 2020.
By March 2021, the proportion of UK people planning holidays in the next 12 months had substantially reduced to 37% (abroad) and 53% (UK).
While the desire for all types of UK breaks fell in the last year, there are signs of green shoots as people plan holidays on their home turf.
Plans for camping and caravan breaks are back up to pre-pandemic levels with 13% intending to take such a break in the next 12 months, while self-catering cottages are also climbing in popularity.
The appetite for city stays or short hotel breaks – previously the most popular type of UK holiday – has fallen considerably.
There has been a huge reduction in plans for holidays abroad of all types, compared to December 2019, according to the poll of 4,000 adults.
Beach breaks are still the most popular type of vacation amongst would-be overseas travellers, the choice of nearly a fifth (18%) of holidaymakers for the next 12 months. However, this proportion has almost dropped by half since December 2019, when 34% hoped to hit the beaches abroad within the year.
However, the How We Live study finds many people are cautious about travelling overseas in the future.
Four out of five (80%) UK adults say the Covid pandemic has affected their attitudes towards travelling. While many people are excited about the prospect of going abroad, others are still very nervous.
With the pandemic seemingly on the run, things are – albeit slowly – returning to something resembling normal.
Coronavirus restrictions have eased in communities across the UK, with long-awaited returns to some shops, bars, restaurants, hair and beauty salons and more now possible for most.
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A fifth (20%) of UK adults say the pandemic has made them less keen on travelling overseas, and the same proportion (20%) specifically say they are worried about becoming ill abroad. Around one in seven (15%) say they are worried holiday destinations “just won’t be the same” in the future.
Sadly, one in 12 (8%) UK adults don’t think they will travel abroad again. This rises to 16% of those aged 65-74 and 20% of people aged 75 and above.
Aviva’s Gareth Hemming said: “We are very aware that people look forward to a well-earned break. Having missed out on holidays during 2020, many individuals will be even more keen to travel when they can. But they are still nervous about the implications of Covid.
“However, when interviewed in March 2021, two fifths of UK people said they would be more likely to travel now that a Covid vaccine is available, so we can hope that there is positive news on the horizon, both for the tourism industry and for individuals as they see the return of the Great British Holiday.”