Research shows Brits’ resilience to travel is stronger in 2018

Research by Destinations: the Holiday and Travel Show highlights British travellers’ resilience in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, the threat of terrorism and an unstable world economy.

Over 1,200 people in the UK were surveyed, predominantly aged 50 – 65+ and the research addresses Brits’ biggest concerns when travelling and their views on safety when travelling abroad.

The results show that travel continues to be a priority and British travellers are more confident now than ever.

According to the study, 40% of Brits worry most about losing their passport when travelling. Concerns around a potential terror attack and the possibility of missing a flight were almost equal at 25% and 23% respectively. Only 11% expressed concerns about the prospect of a natural disaster.

While these issues have affected numerous destinations across the globe, of those surveyed, 99% of Brits generally feel safe when they go on holiday.

83% of people admitting they would feel confident travelling overseas as a solo traveller.

The findings revealed that Brits are less confident about visiting a country that is currently experiencing political unrest (42%). However, 87% would travel to a country that has experienced a terrorist attack within the last five years and 90% would consider travelling to a country that is recovering from a recent natural disaster but is open for business.

Travel continues to be a priority for most Britons, with two-thirds (63%) of people travelling five or more times a year (domestically or overseas) and almost half of people travelling between five and seven times a year.

Rob Debenham

Rob Debenham, show manager said: “These results are really interesting. It is heartening to see that Brits are showing resilience and remain passionate about travelling despite the current worldwide unrest and economic uncertainty. Due to the introduction of new flight routes to emerging destinations, experiential tours and the advent of transformative tourism, the opportunities to travel now are endless.

The travel industry is therefore seeing a significant rise in people exploring places they’ve never been to before.”

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