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View Look Familiar? Same Waiter as Last Year? Identical Snaps? Hotdog and Fries Again? -- Maybe You're One of the 8 in 10 Britons Stuck in a Holiday Rut
Destination Deja Vu? Maybe It's Time for Somewhere New...
By: Marketwire .
Jan. 15, 2013 06:11 AM
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Cheapflights Media
We think of holidays as a break from routine, but when it comes to getting away for our big annual break it seems we Brits are stuck in our ways, with around eight in ten (79.6%) saying they are likely to return to the same summer holiday destination more than once.
Popular Holiday Habits
Why we go back again (and again)
When it comes to repeat bookings, partners come before children, with 'my partner likes it' ranked as 8th in motivation terms, ahead of 'my children like it,' in 15th overall. Interestingly, pleasing their partner was more important for men (who put this in 4th) than women (9th) in terms of driving their decision to return. Food (overall 9th) also came ahead of 'sports/activities' (16th) in terms of motivations to return to a previous destination -- with 'safety' (overall 7th) and 'feels like a second home' (overall 10th) rounding off the top ten.
Where we go -- our most popular déjà vu destinations
But it seems there is some disagreement between men and women on countries they choose to visit repeatedly; with men putting the US second -- 20.5% chose this as a déjà vu destination -- significantly more than women, who put the US in third with a comparatively low 13.9%. Women preferred the UK (both placed this 1st: 25.7% of women vs 22.5% of men), Spain (14.9% at 2nd for women vs 13.2% of men on 3rd) and Italy (6.1% in 5th versus 6th with men on 3.4%).
Kicking the habit -- what would make us break the cycle?
Dream destinations to make us break the habit
Making up the top ten new aspiration destinations were: Japan and Thailand (joint 6th on 3.7%), South Africa (8th; 3.6%), Russia (9th; 3.1%) and Fiji (10th; 2.4%).
Patterns of behaviour -- and insights
"Most of us are creatures of habit; it is not unnatural for us to want to know what we are doing, when we are doing it -- and with whom. However, as in many things, balance is crucial. Choosing a holiday destination is an excellent way of trying out something new and different -- and stepping outside your normal patterns of behaviour," said Dr McCartney.
"Researching and booking a new type of holiday destination is a really good way of keeping yourself stimulated, interested and energised. If you want to break out of a rut, use your imagination to its absolute limits. You may not be able to afford the most exotic holiday destination, but play with your options. Perhaps try to explore your options in a different way; challenge your partner to help you research destinations -- and beat your price. All of these are great ways to engage and make an active choice in deciding where to go on holiday -- and give yourself a real break."
Cheapflights.co.uk travel expert, Oonagh Shiel, said: "If you're a little too familiar with that balcony view -- or you've been on first name terms with your holiday waiter for a few years now, perhaps it's time to give each other a break and look at some other options -- and swap your destination déjà vu for something new.
"Whether you fancy a beach holiday, a spot of culture or some new gastronomic delights, there are some great reasons to break out of your regular holiday habits this year. For a bargain, check out Croatia before it enters the EU, affordable Lithuania or, for a real spectacle, the Northern Lights in Iceland, which is tipped to be close to its best this year. If you want to push the boat out and go further afield you can always go Gangnam Style to Korea -- or check out Myanmar ahead of the crowd.
"Even if you've got an established holiday habit, with new taxes, fluctuating exchange rates, and destinations competing for the pound in your pocket, it's worth checking out new holiday options to ensure you're getting exactly what you want from your holiday -- and the best possible deal. A little homework reveals that a lot of exotic destinations aren't as pricey as you might think. "
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