New research by Holiday Extras reveals that many holidaymakers now aspire to a celebrity’s jet setter lifestyle, with Brits dreaming of holiday destinations that are further afield than ever before.
According to the findings, when it comes to our perception of the most frequent globetrotters, sports personalities are top of the list with 29% picking Lewis Hamilton as the most well-travelled celebrity of 2013, followed closely by Andy Murray and David Beckham (both 16%).
Whilst holidaymakers selected their destination wish list based on where The Beckhams or Rooneys were last spotted, when it came to the personality they’d like to sit next to on the plane, good conversation was ranked above showbiz-status. The majority of UK holidaymakers said that they’d prefer to sit next to national treasures Dame Judi Dench (36%) and Michael Palin (49%). A long-haul journey with the likes of today’s reality TV stars wasn’t such a popular choice, as 53% said they’d avoid travelling with Jedward and 24% would steer clear of Kerry Katona. John McCirick was polled the least desirable travel companion of all, with more than half (54%) saying that they would give him a wide berth.
Meanwhile, the Italian island of Capri, once a hotspot for celeb sightings, has been knocked off the top spot in favour of more exotic shores. The white beaches of the Seychelles came top of Brits’ luxury island wish list (33%) with the Caribbean coming in a close second (32%).