KAYAK has discovered the average UK worker spends six and half hours during office hours planning or researching holidays for the upcoming year during January.
This is the equivalent to 88 minutes per week, meaning a total of 135 million work hours are spent this way during the month.
The research conducted by the online travel tool, amongst 2,000 UK adults, found that over half of British adults (52%) feel that they need a holiday before the month is up.
The Christmas and New Year celebrations are a key reason for needing a break in January - one in ten UK adults (9%) said it tires them out so much that feel like they need a new holiday just to recover from them.
The research found that many experience negative emotions if they don’t have a holiday booked for the year ahead in January. One in five (18%) say that when this is the case, they feel like they ‘don’t have anything to look forward to’, while 15% feel they ‘need to get one arranged as soon as possible’.
To help people through Blue Monday today, the most depressing day of the year, the company is launching a one-day only virtual reality holiday experience, which takes users on a fully-immersive holiday to sun-soaked Miami, Florida.
The experience, which is free of charge, will be open to the public from 10.30 to 20.30 at Gallery Different, Percy Street. Members of the public will also be given the chance to win flights at the event.
Visit KAYAK.co.uk for more information.