The research, collected the same day as the government unveiled its ‘green list’ of safe countries for travel, found that although keen on a holiday, almost a third of UK travellers are still uncertain about booking a holiday right now. They would rather wait to see how the government’s new traffic light system plays out before committing to a trip abroad.
Respondents’ main reasons for delaying their next trip were: ‘waiting for the EU to get vaccinations stabilised’; ‘waiting until they had personally received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine’; and ‘not wanting to face isolating upon their return’. Findings from the survey also revealed that 49 per cent of all respondents plan on booking their next holiday through a travel agent or tour operator. Europe is still the top destination choice for 62 per cent of those taking part in the survey, with Spain by far the most popular destination.
Struggling to recover money from airlines
The results come as no surprise given the last-minute removal of countries on the travel corridor list last year. This led to struggles for some holidaymakers when trying to recover their money from airlines and independent accommodation providers.
Sarah Page, Brand Manager at Holidaysafe, said: “Our research clearly highlights that Brits are desperate to enjoy a holiday abroad, but are still a little apprehensive when it comes to booking. More Brits than ever before are planning to travel with a tour operator due to the financial security that comes with a protected package holiday.”