Fear of Terrorism Drives Britons to Choose Holidays Closer to Home in 2006, Finds New Survey

Fears of terrorism and an unwillingness to travel long distances mean that Britons are planning to stay closer to home in 2006, according to a new survey. The study by Hoseasons shows that just 11% are planning holidays outside of Europe next year, with a combination of concerns about security, long journeys and fears of natural disasters persuading them to stay in Europe.

(PRWEB) January 16, 2006 — Fears of terrorism and an unwillingness to travel long distances mean that Britons are planning to stay closer to home in 2006, according to a new survey. The study by Hoseasons shows that just 11% are planning holidays outside of Europe next year, with a combination of concerns about security, long journeys and fears of natural disasters persuading them to stay in Europe.

But while on holiday, Britons like to be active; sightseeing and walking were the two most popular holiday activities, with just sunbathing and doing nothing coming low down the planned ways of passing the time.

Meanwhile more than half of Britons feel more romantic on holiday, although a small proportion (4%) say that romance is lower on the agenda on holiday than at home. But Brits do dream of getting away with celebrities, with singer Robbie Williams, Strictly Come Dancing winner Darren Gough and fellow England cricketer Freddie Flintoff top of the ladies’ fantasy holiday companion list, whilst Angelina Jolie, Kylie Minogue, and I’m A Celebrity… winner Carol Thatcher topping the chaps’ wishlist.

The survey was carried out by Hoseasons call centre staff, who posed a series of questions about Britons’ holiday plans for 2006.

Closer to home
The study found that Brits were planning to holiday closer to home in 2006, with just 11% saying they were planning to travel outside Europe. The UK is still the most popular holiday destination (53%), with a further 36% planning a stay in Europe.

Fears about terrorism were the main reason given for remaining closer to home, although after a tumultuous year for natural disasters, one in six people said that fear of such events would deter them from travelling further afield. A further 14% were put off by fears of having to speak a foreign language.

The reasons given for avoiding long-haul holidays were:
• Security/terrorism issues: 56%
• Length of journey: 50%
• Potential for natural events (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, etc): 16%
• Language spoken at destination: 14%

Active Britons
Lounging around doing nothing came low on the list of priorities when it came to what Britons planned doing on their holidays, with just 10% saying they were going to sit back and do nothing at all. Sightseeing was the most popular answer (76%), with walking (49%) also high on the list of priorities. Nearly one in three Brits planned to spend their holidays eating and drinking, whilst sunbathing and swimming were on the agenda for a quarter of those questioned.

The actual figures for planned activity were:
• Sightseeing: 76%
• Walking: 49%
• Eating and drinking: 29%
• Sunbathing: 25%
• Swimming: 24%
• Shopping: 22%
• Cultural activities: 19%
• Reading: 12%
• Sports: 10%
• Doing nothing: 10%

Nation of Romantics?
Britons clearly view holidays as a chance to put some romance back into their lives, with 52% saying they felt more romantic on holiday. Just 4% said they felt less like romance while on holiday.

Fantasy holiday companion
The survey asked which celebrity the holidaymaker would most like to get away with, and the sport of cricket scored highly here – with the ladies at least.

Singer Robbie Williams topped the poll, but second and third respectively were twinkle-toed Yorkshireman Darren Gough (fresh from his victory in Strictly Come Dancing) and England star Freddie Flintoff. Footballer David Beckham and squeaky-voiced comedian Joe Pasquale were next on the list.

Jungle queen Carol Thatcher came a surprise third place with the chaps, behind Angelina Jolie and Kylie Minogue. Strictly Come Dancing’s Lilia (Darren Gough’s partner) and former contestant Natasha Kaplinsky completed the top five.

Getting away
Britain was revealed to be a country that loves its holidays, with 44% saying they planned two holidays in 2006. Just 1% said they were not planning to get away at all next year.

Hoseasons is the UK’s leading self-catering specialist with over 12,000 places to stay in coastal and countryside settings throughout Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe. From secluded forest lodges to holiday parks with plenty to do for all the family, and from thatched cottages to scenic boating holidays, Hoseasons offers the widest available range of accommodation and facilities to suit everyone. Online booking available at http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/index.asp

Over a million holidaymakers and more than 20,000 pets enjoy a Hoseasons holiday every year.

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