‘Holi-delay’ - Brits Delay Hols for Hot Weather

22 Sep 2014

• One in five have delayed summer holiday due to scorcher summer in the UK

• Half of Brits view warm temperatures as the most important factor when booking a holiday

• A fifth of Brits planning Spanish getaway during colder months

As warm temperatures continue to delight Britain, almost a fifth (15%) of Brits plan to delay breaks abroad to make the most of the Indian summer at home.

According to a survey released today by leading FX provider Travelex, half of Brits (48%) revealed that the weather is the biggest factor when deciding where to holiday this year, with value for money following in second place at 30%.

With temperatures in the UK hotter than most Mediterranean countries throughout July, many Brits opted for a staycation, taking advantage of the British sunshine. When asked, 28% of people decided to holiday in the capital, 16% of people headed to Devon and 15% of people enjoyed a trip to the coast in Brighton over the summer.

Looking to October for some final rays abroad, almost half of Brits (43%) admitted to delaying summer breaks to avoid peak season prices.

With guaranteed sun and temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius1, Spain tops the list of planned getaways with a fifth (20%) of UK holidaymakers choosing the Mediterranean country for their autumn holiday.

David Swann from Travelex comments; “It’s clear from our research that October through to December is a great time to be taking advantage of some winter sunshine. There are great last-minute deals for holidays in Europe out of peak season, plus with the Pound up against the Euro compared to this time last year, it makes perfect sense for Brits to start planning autumn getaways.”

Top reasons for holidaying in October – December

1. Prices are cheaper than during the summer (43%)
2. For winter sun (31%)
3. I always go away at this time (23%)
4. To visit family / friends (21%)
5. October half-term means I can travel with children and family (15%)

Top Autumn Holiday Destinations 2014

1. Spain
2. USA
3. France
4. Italy
5. Germany
6. Turkey
7. Morocco
8. Australia
9. Caribbean
10. Thailand

Brits who want to order their currency in advance for their October break should visit Travelex.co.uk. 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.



Travelex is the world's largest foreign exchange specialist with almost 1,500 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.


Notes: Total sample size of 2,000 adults who are employed and have been on holiday. Survey took place between 25th and 30th August 2014.

For more information, please contact: 

Polly Goddard/Lucy Keogh - M&C Saatchi PR
travelex@mcsaatchi.com 0207 544 3623

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