Holiday blues: Poll reveals how much Britons are missing travel

Many of those polled felt that holidays were important for their mental health and motivation

Alice Hughes
Monday 08 February 2021 10:24 GMT
Several said holidays were important for their relationships
Several said holidays were important for their relationships (Getty Images)

Four in 10 Britons said the past year is the longest they have ever gone without a holiday, taking a toll on their overall mood and wellbeing.

A poll of 2,000 adults found that prior to the pandemic, they would have enjoyed a holiday or mini-break from their routine every four months.

But in the past year, the majority have had to cancel three or more planned breaks.

This has affected people’s wellbeing though with almost half believing that trips away positively impact their physical and mental health.

The research, commissioned by IHG Hotels & Resorts, also found several of those who travel for work feel that business trips improve their working mood and make them more motivated.

An optimistic 57 per cent plan to or have already rebooked trips, with family holidays and visiting loved ones topping travel wish lists for 2021.  

And many believe it’s important to have something to look forward to.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, said: “Having a sense of balance in terms of how much we work and how much we rest is key.

“The term vacation means to vacate, to stop worrying about to do lists, and switch that ‘should’ or ‘have to’ mode off, allowing you time to rekindle meaningful connections, relax/de-stress and come back feeling more energised.

“The impact of the pandemic on our mental health and our daily lives has been something that many of us have never experienced - having to cancel breaks where we would normally recharge, rest and nurture relationships has meant that many of us have not had that much-needed downtime."

“Planning things to look forward to, whether it be a novel activity a short weekend away with friends or a far-flung holiday in the future – it can bring some focus and positivity into a time that currently still feels challenging and a bit unknown.”

The poll also found more than a third of adults believe a break isn’t only important for themselves, but also for their relationships with family, friends and partners.

And many of those polled felt spending quality time with others has the greatest positive impact on their mood and wellbeing when on holiday.

Which may suggest why the trip 36 per cent are most looking forward to going on post-pandemic is a family holiday, while very few plan to solo travel.

But when it comes to safety, almost half intend to hold off travelling until a Covid vaccine is widely and easily available.

Karin Sheppard, managing director for Europe at IHG Hotels & Resorts said: “With so many looking forward to rebooking missed experiences, whether it’s travelling to spend time with family, a trip away with friends, or travelling for work – it’s evident that there’s a hunger for human connection again."


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