Brits save more than £2.5k during the pandemic – with more than half planning big holidays

MORE than half of travellers are saving all their spare cash for the next adventure – and already have more than £2,500 in their 'holiday' account.

A survey of 2,000 UK holidaymakers revealed six in 10 regarded ‘getting away’ as their passion.

As a result, more than half (52 per cent) have saved up more for their next holiday than they normally would, because of the pandemic.

The result is a whopping £2,543 put aside for their next holiday.

And while the nation has undergone a DIY-frenzy, 36 per cent of those who have been saving for their next holiday have been putting off other things like home improvements to save for a huge post-pandemic trip away instead.

The research was carried out by Eurofins, which offers PCR testing for people wanting to go abroad.

It also emerged that the pandemic has encouraged people to live life to the full, with a third of respondents creating a bucket list of travel experiences they want to tick off.

And they have completed an average of five of the locations so far.

A trip to the Northern Lights was the most wanted travel experience, followed travelling on the Orient Express and driving Route 66 in the USA.

Making up the top five travel experiences for British holiday fans were going on safari in Africa and cruising around the Caribbean.

The study also found that to look after their health when travelling abroad, 55 per cent wanted the introduction of vaccination passports.

Almost half (48 per cent) want more space on flights, while 47 per cent want good ventilation in airports.

A similar figure (45 per cent) want masks to be worn at all times when inside an airport, while 41 per cent want passengers to take PCR tests before going away.

With more than a third of respondents having a trip abroad cancelled due to the pandemic, it is no surprise to see so many are looking forward to their next holiday.

Nick Phillips, Eurofins Covid Testing Services managing director, said: “The past 18 months has totally disrupted travel plans, and now all Brits want are safe and hassle-free travel experiences.

"To support those who dream of travelling again, Eurofins has introduced an extensive network of 150 COVID-19 testing sites in the UK, with twice-daily sample collections to ensure swift and reliable delivery to laboratories.”


1.            Northern Lights

2.            Orient Express

3.            Drive Route 66

4.            Safari in Africa

5.            Cruise on the Caribbean

6.            Climb Machu Picchu

7.            Island hopping in Greece

8.            See Mount Fuji in Japan

9.            Stay at an over-water bungalow in the Maldives

10.          Visit the Seven Wonders of the World

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