15% of Brits never been abroad


Recent research carried out by Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance has delved into the holiday habits of Britons, and has produced some surprising results.

The most interesting fact to come out of the research was that 15% of British adults (almost 7 million people) have never been abroad. This figure suggests that holidays within the UK are still very popular, and that classic holiday locations such as Butlins are keeping the great British holiday alive.

The research revealed that overall we go on 50 million domestic holidays each year, spending £10.9 billion on them in total. This provides obvious economic benefits to the country as the economy is given a real boost when people choose to spend their money at home rather than abroad.

Another motive behind the research was to find out about the insurance habits of holidaymakers, and the results suggested that not everyone thought about taking out insurance if they were travelling on holiday within this country.

Neil Laird, the travel insurance manager for Sainsbury’s Finance, said: “It can be easy to overlook travel insurance if you are not going on a foreign break, but many of the problems that you can encounter abroad can also happen here in the UK on holiday.”

The company was keen to point out that numerous problems can still prevent you from enjoying a holiday in the UK, including loss of money or belongings, illness or death in the family, lost money on hotel bookings and the inability to be transferred to a hospital near your home if you fall ill. All of these factors could easily ruin a holiday, whether it is in the UK or abroad, and therefore travel insurance is a wise purchase wherever you travel.


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