Holiday Mode Hits Home

28 Jul 2014

  • Quarter of people call in sick to work on their first day back from holiday
  • Quarter of Brits spend lunchtime day-dreaming about upcoming holidays
  • 40% of women pack a week or more in advance of their holiday
  • Almost 60% of Brits enter holiday mode from the moment they arrive at their destination

Leading foreign exchange provider, Travelex, has found that it’s no longer tonsillitis but ‘holidayitis’ causing summer sickies, with a quarter1 of people calling in sick on the first day back in the office after a holiday. Even when back at work, a quarter2 of us daydream of sea and sand during our lunch hours.

Results reveal that women are far more prepared for holidays than men, with almost 40%3 packing their suitcase over a week in advance of jetting off. In comparison, men appear to prefer to leave things until the last minute, with a quarter4 packing on the day of departure.

According to Travelex it doesn’t take long for us to get into the holiday mode, with almost 60%5 of Brits feeling relaxed from the minute they put their feet up in the hotel. An excitable fifth6 of travellers feel in the holiday spirit as soon as they step into the departure lounge at the airport.

Getting back into normal routine also proves tricky for returning Brits, with nearly half admitting to being distracted and forgetting to do important work tasks on returning to the office – with 30% of people getting annoyed by fellow colleagues who are still in holiday mode.

Elvin Eldić, Head of UK Retail at Travelex, comments; ‘bluntly put, we know the lives we live are hectic, however people are increasingly placing importance on taking timeout and is evident amongst many Brits who are able to shift into holiday mode quite quickly, with some able to switch off before they jet off. Pleasingly customers can order Euros and US Dollars with incredible ease online from Travelex, and collect at their departing airport in as little as four hours - meaning one less stress to be worried about with moving one-step closer to powering down.’

Kim Gray, Head of Retail Strategy at Heathrow commented; ‘Over 70% of our passengers make a purchase or relax over a meal in the departure lounge before they catch their flight, so I’m not surprised it’s where so many people feel their holiday begins.’

Brits who want to kick start their holiday mode can buy their currency in advance at Travelex provides a free service that allows you to order your travel money online and pick it up at any Travelex store from as little as four hours.

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Travelex is the world's largest foreign exchange specialist with almost 1,450 stores and 1,250 ATMs across 28 countries, at key airport, seaport, rail and tourist locations. Over 40% of travellers - 1.7 billion passengers a year - pass through airports where Travelex operates including the major gateways at Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Sydney & Tokyo. Every hour, Travelex provides foreign currency to more than 2,000 customers.

Total sample size of 2,000 adults who are employed and have been on holiday. Survey took place between 02.07.2014 – 04.07.2014.

For more information, please contact: 
Polly Goddard/Lucy Keogh - M&C Saatchi PR 0207 544 3623

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