Sun-starved Brits miss overseas travel so much they even can't wait to queue at airport security, survey reveals

SUN-starved Brits miss overseas travel so much that they are even relishing the prospect of queuing at airport security, a survey has revealed.

While the list of the 50 most-missed aspects of holidays is largely made up of feel-good things – like warm evenings and fantastic food – there were also some odd choices.


These included packing and doing the holiday washing when you get home.

A survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by New York Bakery Co, found that one in four admit that not being able to go away has even made them miss things they used to complain about.

According to the participants’ answers,  Spain, Italy and New York are the top three destinations Brits can’t wait to escape to when restrictions are lifted.

Almost two thirds of Brits have missed out on a foreign trip this year.

Rhiannon Heap, a spokesperson from New York Bakery Co., said: “We know people are missing all sorts of things when it comes to trips abroad – whether that’s flying over to America or dashing across Europe.

“People are missing the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures and food is one of the biggest contributors to having an authentic experience. Gelato in Italy, Paella in Spain or Bagels in New York.”

Top things Brits miss most about travelling

1.        Warm evenings

2.        Seeing amazing views   

3.        Having something to look forward to      

4.        Having time to properly relax     

5.        Trying new food              

6.        Seeing the sights of a new city   

7.        The guaranteed sun       

8.        Authentic food

9.        Having some me-time   

10.      Eating what I want when I want

11.      The wave of heat when you get off the plane

12.      Sunbathing by a pool     

13.      Going on excursions      

14.      Meeting people of different cultures      

15.      Seeing the hotel for the first time            

16.      Getting a tan     

17.      The excitement at the airport    

18.      Getting immersed in different cultures  

19.      Getting dressed up for the evening         

20.      Getting through a good book in peace   

21.      Packing your bag             

22.      The smell of sun cream/aftersun             

23.      Having unlimited food  

24.      A cold shower after a sweaty beach day

25.      Taking holiday pictures and sharing on social media         

26.      Getting a beverage on the plane               

27.      Getting through the other end of airport security             

28.      Showing off your tan when you come home

29.      Trying out a new language

30.      Tracking which countries you are flying over       

31.      Testing out the perfumes in duty free

32.      Cocktails for breakfast  

33.      The familiarity of checking for (and finding) your passport/boarding pass

34.      Reserving a spot by the pool with your towel before breakfast   

35.      Hotel dressing gown and slippers

36.      Wincing at an incredibly strong local alcohol shot             

37.      When your suitcase is the last bag to come off the plane

38.      Getting lost on unfamiliar foreign roads

39.      Getting used to driving a car on the wrong side of the road          

40.      Getting sand absolutely everywhere      

41.      Not being able to understand the language         

42.      The long car drive to the airport

43.      Getting picked out of the crowd to join in with the hotel entertainment

44.      When a postcard to a friend arrives weeks after you get back home         

45.      The queue at airport security     

46.      Waiting on the transfer coach for over an hour for everyone to get on    

47.      Battling with the sun lounger

48.      The moment when your suitcase weighs too much

49.      The t-shirt tan lines

50.      Doing the holiday washing when you get home 

Travellers also are mourning having time to properly relax, trying new food and seeing the sights of a new location.

Having some me-time and being able to eat when and what you want also featured in the top 50.

Almost guaranteed sunshine is also near the top of the list – particularly after the dismal start to summer the UK has had.

And sightseeing and food top the list of things Brits love about travelling to a different country (51 per cent).

A substantial 58 per cent said they indulge in more food on holiday than at home. One in three Brits want to visit New York to try the bagels and 42 per cent would love to have a Gelato in Italy.

Almost two thirds said they deliberately seek out local cuisine when they’re on holiday to ensure a truly authentic experience when exploring a new city.

According to the survey, close to a quarter of Brits (23 per cent) have attempted to recreate a holiday experience at home during the pandemic. 

Rhiannon said: “People have been recreating all sorts of holiday moments at home, from preparing exotic foods to recreating cityscapes and beach scene backdrops in their gardens.

"That’s why, while we still can’t get abroad easily, we’re giving people the chance to enjoy a city break at home, with our New York or Nothin’ weekender experience.

“Bagels are synonymous with the Big Apple – it’s one of the must-eat experiences when you visit; so we want to celebrate the greatest city in the world with a taste of New York.”


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