One In Five Can’t Wait to Go On Holiday

19% of holidaymakers can't wait to get away, while a third will only travel to places they deem 'safe'

One in five (19%) holidaymakers are determined to holiday as soon as possible in the UK or abroad, with 6% claiming that they don’t mind where they stay, and 6% planning a blow-out holiday as soon as they can (rising to 11% of under 34s).

The Opinium survey of 2000 UK holidaymakers, on behalf of, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance, finds that almost a third (31%) will only travel to places where they feel their health will be safe, with older age groups much more likely to say this (38% of over 55s).

A third (33%) of holidaymakers think it is too risky to travel abroad this year, 15% won’t travel until there is a vaccine and 7% say their finances have been hit and they can’t afford to holiday this year.

A third (33%) of UK holidaymakers’ plans had been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

Almost one in seven (14%) say that the pandemic has changed the way they will travel forever.  A third (33%) plan to holiday more in the UK in the future, rising to 40% of over 55s, and almost a fifth (18%) of holidaymakers aim to fly less.

In terms of holiday accommodation, one in ten (10%) are now wary of staying in all-inclusive resorts, and 11% will choose self-catering over hotels in the future.

Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of said: “The pandemic has changed the way we travel, holiday and relax for the foreseeable future, yet it’s clear that the appetite for a holiday is still strong for most British holidaymakers.

“Whether your holiday plans are in the UK or abroad, hiring a car is a great way to explore the local area, without having to worry about social distancing. However, don’t forget to organise your car hire excess insurance in advance.”