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Brexit has influenced travel plans for one in five of Brits

by LLB Reporter
28th Apr 17 9:17 am

Has it affected yours?

One in five (20 per cent) Brits say Brexit has influenced their travel plans, according to new research by shopping and fundraising website, Give as you Live.

One in 10 (10 per cent) Brits who are taking a summer holiday say the leave vote has made them “want to visit Europe while we’re still part of it”, while one in 20 (5 per cent) say “it made me want to stay in the UK for my summer holiday” or (another 5 per cent) that they don’t want to go to Europe “because it’s too expensive now”.

Across the country though, 41 per cent of Brits say they will still go to Europe for their summer holiday this year, up from 38 per cent in 2016.

Almost a third of Brits (30 per cent) say they will choose to stay in the UK for their summer break, while almost one in five (18 per cent) won’t be taking a summer holiday and one in 10 (11 per cent) will travel elsewhere. Men (44 per cent) are slightly more likely to go to Europe than women (39 per cent), and more women (21 per cent) than men (15 per cent) say they won’t take a summer holiday.

The findings also showed the average British family will spend two and half months’ wages on their summer holiday. A family of four will spend an average of £1,284.54 per person for their summer holiday – the equivalent of two and a half months’ pay, based on the average wage of £28,000 in the UK.* This is up from £1,074.60 per person in 2016.

A divided nation

Among cities in the UK, Glasgow (51 per cent) has the highest number of respondents saying they’ll be going to Europe this summer, followed by Newcastle and London (each 46 per cent).

Those in Edinburgh (40 per cent) are most likely to stay in the UK for their mid-year break, followed by Sheffield (36 per cent) and Nottingham (33 per cent).

These results come from a survey by Give as you Live of more than 2,000 consumers across the UK, who were asked about Brexit and their summer holiday plans.

Greg Hallett, managing director at Give as you Live, commented, “The pound has been shifting up and down since Brexit, bringing the cost of European travel into question, but it’s interesting that many Brits aren’t phased and will still go to Europe this summer. That said, the average spend for that holiday is almost £1,300 per person. Brits clearly aren’t worried to spend a bit for holiday fun, but they can save costs easily with sites such as Giveasyoulive.com which aggregates great deals through companies such as Booking.com, Expedia and British Airways – and you’ll also raise money for your chosen charity when booking.”

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