Are holidays abroad really worth it?
25 August, 2016
Many of us spend a large portion of our year saving for our holiday and excitedly awaiting it, but is it really worth it? That may seem a pessimistic and sceptical view, but recent research conducted by First4lawyers showed that 25% of people have experienced holiday mishaps abroad. Not only that, but before and after a holiday you often have to work twice as hard at work to prepare and catch up for your time off. And with recent scientific research showing that divorces are most likely to occur after a holiday and holidays getting more and more expensive, we ask, are holidays really worth it?
We recently commissioned a survey of 2000 UK adults, asking them to name their holiday mistakes and accidents. The results showed that 25% had suffered a mishap whilst on holiday, and around half said they are nervous when travelling abroad. It’s not unreasonable to assume that this worry stems from recent events abroad and the extensive media coverage of such. And with such a high rate of holiday mishaps it’s no wonder that more and more are choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays.
Recent research by Professor Julie Brines, a sociologist at the University of Washington, found that divorce rates rise following winter and summer holidays. This could be because people put off divorcing their spouses during typical ‘family’ periods. Or that these holidays are a last ditch attempt to save the relationship by getting away from it all. Neither or which are necessarily the fault of the holiday. However, when going abroad with your spouse and spending non-stop time with them, it can perhaps only exacerbate underlying issues, and lead to divorce at the end of the holiday. That’s not to say that healthy and happy relationships will suffer, but where there are problems already it’s not hard to see why holidays can make this worse.
Before going on holiday, many of us who work will find ourselves working twice as hard to prepare for our time off. Whether that is briefing our colleagues to cover our workload, or making sure that enough work has been done to cover your absence. Although, no matter how prepared you think you are, there will always be extra work to come back to as well. Who even knew that so many emails could arrive in a week? Whilst it might be nice to have a break, it soon stops feeling like one when you’re working twice as hard to make up for relaxing.
It is also expensive to travel abroad. With the average holiday costing a family of four Britons £4792, with an additional £227 being spent per person whilst abroad according to figures from Evolution Money, it may be worth considering your options. Additionally, following Brexit, it has been predicted that our holidays will only get more expensive. Whilst we are unlikely to see the truth in this prediction until Article 50 is invoked, it is certainly true (although not because of Brexit) that holidays are getting consistently more expensive. Brexit has had an impact in one sense though, in that our money is worth less in Euros at the moment than before Brexit, and you therefore end up with less. So is it really worth it?
However, we can’t live our lives in fear of ‘what ifs’. What if you have a holiday mishap? What if you get divorced on return from your holiday? If these happen, First4lawyers are here to help, but can we deny ourselves our yearly relaxation in order to stop ourselves worrying? Yes, you might have to work harder before and after, and yes it is getting more expensive. But, in the end, the sun, sea and relaxation is often indeed worth it.
It may sound overly pessimistic, considering 75% of people haven’t had a holiday mishap, so perhaps we here at First4lawyers are the ones in need of a holiday!