Need a break?: Nearly one in four Britons ‘didn’t get a holiday in the past year’

Less people are taking holidays, according to new research
Less people are taking holidays, according to new research
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The proportion of people not going on at least one holiday a year is rising to almost a quarter, according to new research.

Almost one in four (23 per cent) did not take a break in the past 12 months, compared to just 10 per cent in 2011, the poll of 2,003 adults showed.

Pressure on household finances appears to be the key factor in the decline, with the biggest reduction in holidays coming from those with the tightest budgets.

In 2011 some 81 per cent of those classified in the lowest social grade – such as low earners, the unemployed and people relying on the state pension – took a holiday, but fewer than half (49%) will take a break this year.

Despite this, the average number of trips taken by Britons in the past year was 3.2, up from 3 in 2014.

This rise is being fuelled by affluent people going on more holidays.

Those in the highest social grade took an average of eight holidays in the past year, compared to 7.4 four years ago.

Most holidaymakers by region:

London: averaging 4.4 breaks a year

North west: 3.5,

Yorkshire: 3.1,

West midlands: 3.1

...and the least prolific areas:

East Anglia and South west: 2.5

Northern Ireland 1.8

The survey results, forming Abta’s consumer holiday trends report 2015, were announced in the Peloponnese, southern Greece, where the travel organisation is holding its annual convention.

The poll also showed that people were more optimistic about their future holiday prospects, with almost a quarter (23 per cent) saying they will spend more money on their holidays next year, compared to just 15 per cent intending to spend less.

A city break remains the UK’s favourite type of holiday and its popularity is increasing.

Some 54 per cent of people took one in the 12 months to August, up from 42 per cent last year.

Beach holidays were a close second, rising from 38 per cent to 50 per cent.

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