—A new survey by Momondo.co.uk says that more than half of people are struck down by the post-holiday blues. The survey of 1,000 Britons found that 61 percent of women and 51 percent of men feel sad after returning from a trip away. Other survey findings include the following:
—There are generational differences in post-holiday moods. While 58 percent of 18-22 year olds and 57 percent of 23-35 year olds felt “depressed” returning from a holiday, a lower percentage (47 percent) of 56-65 year olds experienced these feelings.
—On the other hand, 62 percent of Brits admitted to feeling happier and more positive when taking time off to travel.
—For 30 percent of those surveyed, a holiday has a positive effect on their relationship with their partner, while 20 percents of Brits said a holiday has a positive effect on their children.
—The return to everyday life after a holiday is often made easier for Brits by fantasizing about the next trip … 28 percent of women and 20 percent of men.
Summer’s Last Long-Haul Weekend:
—Just before the big weekend came around, ABTA estimated that 1.9 million people would travel overseas over the August 28-31 period. The last Monday of August is a Bank Holiday for most of the UK, Scotland excepted.
—Top destinations included Spain, Portugal and Turkey, while Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris and New York were the most popular city break destinations.
—More than 550,000 passengers were expected to depart from Heathrow, 270,000 from Gatwick, 145,000 from Stansted and 87,000 from Luton.
—Hundreds of thousands were scheduled to leave the country from other regional airports, ports and the Channel Tunnel.
—Abta members also reported strong sales to domestic beach resorts and the Channel Islands together with UK city breaks.
UK Consumers Not Too Knowledgeable account Currency Exchange Rates: Research conducted by YouGov for a new industry group, the Dynamic Currency Conversion Forum, revealed some interesting results, some of which follow.
—When more than 2,000 UK consumers were asked to convert £1 into its equivalent value in euros, only one in ten provided an accurate estimate at 1.4 euros.
—Almost a quarter (23 percent) stated outright that they did not know.
—Only 14 percent of those surveyed were aware that £1 is equivalent to $1.50, with 32 percent saying they did not know.
—Asked to rate their own understanding of foreign currency exchange rates, more than half of UK consumers (55 percent) admitted to being “not knowledgeable,” and just 6 percent claimed to be ‘very knowledgeable.”
—More than half (56 percent) of men claim to be “knowledgeable,” compared to just over a third (35 percent) of women. Men are twice as likely to rate themselves as “very knowledgeable” about foreign exchange rates compared to women (9 percent vs. 4 percent).
—for the majority (62 percent) of consumers, cash is the most popular payment method when abroad, followed by credit/debit card (27 percent) and pre-loaded money cards (10 percent).
—On average, Britons expect to spend £736 ($1,130) abroad over the next 12 months, excluding fights and accommodation. More than 20 percent of respondents expect to outlay of £1,000 ($1,530) or more.
The Top Gap Year Destinations, Courtesy of ABTA: Hundreds of thousands of students last month received their secondary school results, which means that many are starting their university lives this month. Thousands of others, meanwhile, are about to experience a “gap year” that revolves about travel experiences, beginning their college years in 2016. Also, thousands of college graduates will experience a gap year before entering the labor force. Some ABTA Members that specialize in gap year travel have reported increases more than 10 percent in bookings over the last twelve months with Australasia, South East Asia, the USA and South America being the most popular destination choices.
The top gap year destinations reported by ABTA Members specializing in gap years are:
- New Zealand