The lead up to a holiday should be an exciting time, but for more than a quarter (27%) of Brits the planning, booking and preparation is a source of great stress according to a survey commissioned by travel comparison site, Kayak.co.uk
The study examined which elements of the holiday booking process Brits find the most taxing. It also revealed that young 18-25 year old females from London are most at risk of suffering from the holiday stress factor, whilst older males (66+) from the East of England are the most chilled out.
Contrary to popular belief that the younger generation is more adventurous and carefree, the study identifies they are amongst the most worrisome when it comes to organising a holiday, with nearly half (47%) confessing that the entire process stresses them out. Nearly a third (29%) of this age group stumbles at the first hurdle finding it a challenge to agree where to go with friends. They then spend the lead up to the holiday worrying about a series of factors that range from making sure the resort lives up to expectations (51%), to getting to the airport on time (22%).
While the study reveals a number of key stress factors in the holiday planning stages, making sure that all of the essentials are packed was one of the top concerns for 13% of Brits. Unsurprisingly, forgetting travel documents topped the league table of items for two thirds of Brits, followed closely by making sure they have packed the right sort of clothes (44%t) and medication (35%).
In the event of forgetting to pack an essential belonging, most Brits said they would respond calmly by purchasing the item at the airport (19%) or when they arrive at their destination (53%), but for more than one in ten (11%) of the stressed out 18-25 year olds the default response would be to panic.
It would seem the worry doesn’t end there with Brits then contending with the apprehension of what may befall them whilst away. Falling ill is a main concern for over a quarter (26%) of holidaymakers, whilst 6% stress about having to deal with badly behaved children. Brits are also advised to choose their travelling companions wisely as arguing with friends or family on holiday is a big concern for 10%.
It’s not all doom and gloom however. The study suggests an ebb and flow of stress in the lead up to a holiday and pinpoints the problem areas that Brits need to look out for. Planning is a key stressful time, but once the holiday is booked Brits appear to relax, with 81% claiming this period is calmer. Yet this respite doesn’t seem to last long. As the holiday approaches the pressure begins to mount again as holidaymakers start to worry about the logistics of preparing to go away, such as getting to the airport on time (18%), making sure things will be alright at home (18%) and ensuring the holiday lives up to expectations (13%).
The company offers top tips for a stress-free break. These include planning ahead, being flexible with travel dates, doing your research about the destination, make a check list and buy travel insurance.