16:27 07 April 2017
According to a poll carried out by Cheapflights.co.uk, the impending Brexit is putting more than three-quarters of the two thousand people surveyed off from travelling to Europe. According to the poll results, worries over soaring costs of flights and accommodation, extra bureaucracy, and a stony welcome is just some of the main factors causing these Brits to consider alternative holiday destinations.
Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands, has long been a firm favourite destination with British holidaymakers. But, could all that be about to change post-Brexit? According to Cheapflights, yes.
Since the UK voted in favour of Leave during the EU Referendum last year, searches for flights to Spain have gone down by 14%. Demand has also plummeted for other popular EU holiday destinations. Fewer people are booking holidays to Italy, France and Portugal. On the other hand, searches for long-haul holidays outside of the EU to destinations like the U.S., Thailand, Dubai, Australia, and the Caribbean are up by an average of 20%.
Whilst many European countries are well-known for their awesome weather, Britain is certainly not one of them. In fact, we probably get more rain here in July than we do in the winter!
But, that doesn’t seem to be putting Brits off anymore: according to the poll, one-third of respondents who said they were less likely to holiday in Europe post-Brexit also stated that they’d opt for a UK break instead. To be honest, it might not even be that bad: even if it’s raining you can get up to all kinds of awesome indoor activities in London, for example. Plus, we have great hotels at home in the UK: check out hotelscombined.co.uk.
Although a huge hike in flight prices was one of the main concerns expressed by poll respondents, the fears may be unfounded. According to managing director of Cheapflights.co.uk Andrew Shelton, the long-term effect of Brexit on flight prices is yet to be discovered.
However, in the short-term, it’s looking more like the opposite is true. Mr Shelton also added that analysis of the average lowest return fares to popular EU destinations shows that in the nine months since Britain made the decision to Brexit, flight prices have fallen rather than increased.
It’s clear to see from the result of the poll that Brits are mainly worried about how Brexit is going to affect their travel habits and plans. Up until now, Europe has always been a convenient, affordable choice of destination for Brits, but whether it’s going to remain that way is currently unclear.
In the future post-Brexit Britain, we could be seeing a lot more Brits taking less, but longer holidays to more exotic destinations per year, rather than weekend city breaks or quick trips for some sun.
Are you worried about travel in post-Brexit Britain? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.