While Christmas may be a time eagerly awaited by children across the world, it would appear that the UK’s adults would rather jump on a plane and escape the festivities this year, citing stress, money and weight-gains as reasons for avoiding Christmas at home.
An Opinion Matters survey of over 1,000 people, commissioned by the Conrad Koh Samui resort in Thailand, found that more than half of Brits were considering going away for Christmas. The survey also found that a fifth of respondents said they would still be paying off Christmas in March of the following year, and 30 per cent said that by leaving the UK over the festive period they spent less money on celebratory food and drink than if they stayed at home.
Over 80 per cent of those surveyed said that it took them one month to recover from the stresses and strains caused by the Christmas period, while one in ten people said that losing the excess weight gained over Christmas was still an issue four months after the event. Getting away for the period was seen as a good solution, with a third of people saying that when they had taken a festive break in previous years, they had felt more relaxed than when they had chosen to stay put in the UK.
Travellers in the 25-34 year-old bracket were the most likely to get away on holiday over Christmas, with 59 per cent of respondents in that age range saying they were looking at festive breaks outside the UK this year.