Additionally, majority of people in the UK are considering more comprehensive travel insurance to ensure they are protected. Seven out of 10 Brits surveyed (69 per cent) say 2020 has permanently altered the way they plan holidays, with travel cover front of mind above cost and destination, the study found.
With news of the UK allowing people who are fully vaccinated to travel to and from the US and the EU, people in are now prepared to spend an extra £1,478 to ensure safety – up 58 per cent (£932) on the same responses from six months ago.
The top choices for the kinds of holidays were:
- Beach holiday (41 per cent)
- City break (32 per cent)
- Hotel holiday (24 per cent)
- Walking/hiking (17 per cent)
- Villa/private house (17 per cent)
Holiday makers prepared to spend more on travel insurance
The top 10 measures people would be prepared to take to ensure safety on holiday included:
- Picking a destination based on its safety in terms of Covid-19 (47 per cent)
- The risk of the country going back into lockdown (47 per cent)
- Social distancing on flights (43 per cent)
- The state of the health service (42 per cent)
- Having the best insurance cover that fully covers for Covid-19 (41 per cent)
- The prospect of having to go into quarantine (34 per cent)
- Comfort that airports would be safe (33 per cent)
- Good customer reviews online for the safety of the resort (28 per cent)
- Paying more for quality insurance rather than getting the cheapest cover (24 per cent)
- Avoiding use of public transport (24 per cent)
Brits also said they were prepared to spend an average of an extra 25 per cent more on quality cover this year.
Meanwhile, personal finance platform Forbes Advisor surveyed 2,000 Brits to discover attitudes on holidays and travel insurance this year, finding that Brits believe vaccinations should be mandatory for travel and insurance.