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Forget cost, Brits say hols vital for wellbeing

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More than eight out of 10 Brits – 84% – say holidays are worth more to them in terms of wellbeing than the money they spend on them, according to new research.

Holiday wellbeing

Two thirds – 63% - of adults said that holidays most impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing because it gives them a chance to relax.

Kuoni Travel and healthcare charity Nuffield Health surveyed 2,845 UK adults to find out how a holiday can help to alleviate the effects that everyday life has on mental and physical wellbeing.

Work worries

More than two thirds of Brits polled - 67% - said it took up to four days into their holiday to stop worrying about work.

Those aged 16 to 24 were most likely to worry the longest about work while away on holiday.

These are the top towns and cities places where holidaymakers live who say work worries cloud up to four days of their summer break:

  • Cardiff (81%)

  • Belfast (76%)

  • Sheffield (72%)

  • Plymouth, London and Birmingham (68%)

  • Bristol and Edinburgh (67%)

Travelling lovers

Half of the people who travel with their partner said that the most significant benefit of their holiday was the chance to reconnect with their loved one. 

This might explain why luxurious beach holidays are so popular with travelling lovers.

Chris Jones, head of physiology at Nuffield Health, said: "On a day-to-day basis, our bodies give us subtle physical signals for stress or tiredness that may be caused by our busy modern lives and we all intuitively know that a holiday can help us re-charge our batteries.

"The fact that two-thirds of people are taking up to four days to switch off maybe an important indicator of how we manage stress from our everyday lives."

Economy fuels Brits’ anxiety

Commenting on the research, psychotherapist Christine Webber said: "People in the UK have serious worries about money, their futures and their careers.

"And the current prevailing mood for many Britons is one of intense anxiety - because no one seems to know how long the current downturn will continue. 

"This sort of situation has a massive impact on family life in general, and on relationships between couples in particular.

"Anecdotally, we know that holidays can help people to re-charge their batteries, and to re-connect with each other and rediscover the joy they find in each other’s company.

"We also know that when most people say 'I need a holiday' what they mean is that they need sleep, sun, a change of scene, plenty of rest, and time for their nearest and dearest."

Regional differences

Of Londoners surveyed, 38% said the greatest impact of a holiday is giving their body a chance to recover.

Londoners were also the most likely to say their daily life is time pressured, with 56% of those living in the capital agreeing with this.

At the other end of the country, 76% of Glaswegians said that relaxation on holiday has the greatest impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing. This is the highest percentage across the UK.

And 44% of people from Manchester and Newcastle prioritised the opportunity a holiday provides to help you switch off.

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