One in five Brits cancel annual leave due to work pressure, despite more than three quarters (78%) recognising the benefits a holiday has on their work performance, according to a global study.

The research, conducted by Harris Interactive for Expedia, also revealed that despite 20% managing to take their full 28 day entitlement, many Brits are still logging on to their work emails via their phones while on holiday.


A quarter (26%) admit to staying in touch with the office while on holiday – a trend that has doubled over the past two years. While it’s a similar story for the French (24%) and the Germans (22%), it appears the Spanish (14%) and Italians (16%) are much better at taking a real break from work.

This trend is amplified further with 8% of the nation feeling they are unable to take a break because of work commitments, while one in six (15%) claim not to schedule holidays far enough in advance and so miss out on their holiday quota. Despite this, according to the operator's recent travel bookings report, most Brits are planners, with more than half securing their holidays well in advance in order to make the most of online deals.

The company’s Andrew Warner said: “Almost half (46%) of Brits reported they feel rejuvenated after a much needed and well-earned break, while 32% acknowledged it increases their productivity in the office. Although we’re faced with increasing work pressures, this research further highlights how important it is to take time out to recharge and catch up with family and friends.”

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