UK’s Biggest Holiday Anxiety? Falling Behind at Work

A UK based online travel agency has recently completed a piece of research that looked at the various anxieties people suffer from when they go on a holiday abroad. The top worry turned out to be falling behind at work. Other top concerns including fear of flying and forgetting something by accident.

Biggest Holiday Anxiety
Biggest Holiday Anxiety

A UK based online travel agency has been looking into various British holiday experiences and behaviours. A recent study specifically looked at things that holiday makers worry about the most. The research looking at events leading up to the holiday, traveling to the destination and the actual holiday itself. A top 10 list of anxieties and worries were completed, with things such as ‘feeling lost/out of place’ and ‘holiday illnesses’ topping that list.

The research was completed by UK travel agency Sunshine, who are looking into various aspects of British holiday making. This specific study was posed to some 2,178 people who were all over the age of 18 and all residents of the United Kingdom. Furthermore, all participants had been on a holiday abroad in the past year. Various questions were asked, all looking at anxieties and worries that plague people before and during going on holiday. The study also tried to determine why people felt the way they do, and what the concerns were founded on.

The first question that participants were asked was ‘When you last went on holiday abroad, did you have any worries or anxieties leading up to the trip or during your break?’. It was revealed that 78% of those questioned answered ‘yes’ to this question. Those that did would then be presented with a second question that looked more specifically at what things actually caused them anxiety and concern. Respondents could choose more than one answer.

Holiday Anxiety
Holiday Anxiety

The top 10, from 10 to 1, were as follows:

  1. Insecurities about body was stated as a concern by 25% of people.
  2. Overspending or running out of money was a concern for 27% of people.
  3. 28% of respondents were worried about getting a sun burn.
  4. 31% of people were worried that the weather would not be good.
  5. 33% of respondents worried about missing their connections or transfers.
  6. Feeling lost or out of place, such as not being able to speak the language, was a concern for 36% of people.
  7. 45% of respondents were worried about falling ill on holiday.
  8. Accidentally forgetting something was a concern for 48% of people.
  9. 51% of British holiday makers were worried about flying.
  10. 67% of respondents were worried about falling behind with work.

Sunshine then started to look into why people were worried about any of these things. To determine this, they asked whether they had ever experienced any of the things that they were worried about. Interestingly, 88% of people said ‘no’. As a result, the next question looked at why people were worried, and why people expected bad things to happen to them. The response, in 53% of cases, was that they ‘wanted the holiday to be perfect.

According to Chris Clarkson, who is sunshine.co.uk’s Managing Director and who had significant involvement in the study itself, stated:

“People often put a lot of pressure on themselves to make sure their holidays are as perfect as they imagined or were hoping for, but it’s really not necessary. As long as you are well prepared for your trip and take some time to sit down beforehand to create a list of everything that needs doing and packing before you go, everything is more often than not absolutely fine.”

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