LONDON, U.K. – 17 SEPTEMBER, 2009 – As summer holidays fast become a distant memory, Britons have plunged in to a state of melancholy, reveals a new survey by TripAdvisor®, the world’s most popular and largest travel community.
The survey of 600 British travellers reveals that a staggering 85 percent maintain that their stress-levels return to pre-holiday highs within one month or less of returning home from their summer trips, whilst almost half of these – 41 percent – find that their stresses return within just one week of being back.
BRITONS COME BACK TO EARTH WITH A BUMP
Meanwhile, 44 percent of Britons claim they always suffer from the “Post-Holiday Blues”, whilst a further
44 percent experience them on occasion. As a result, 42 percent feel depressed, whilst almost one in three (32 percent) feel tired and 15 percent sleep badly.
The impact on employees’ productivity is also significant, with 12 percent of holiday makers admitting to having feigned illness within their first month back from a trip. Meanwhile, one in ten holiday makers (10 percent) contemplate seeking a new job, while six percent regularly arrive late for work.
LIFTING BRITS’ SPIRITS: PLANNING TRIPS AND HITTING THE BOTTLE (OF FAKE TAN)
In order to combat the gloom, 90 percent of holiday makers start planning their next trip as soon as they get home, whilst 14 percent defy plummeting temperatures by wearing flip flops or other summer footwear and four percent disregard the autumn skies and wear sunglasses.
Britons also seek solace in food, with 29 percent trying to cook the local cuisine they enjoyed on their recent trip and 19 percent comfort eating to cheer themselves up. Meanwhile, six percent hit the bottle – of fake tan, whilst one percent turn on their heating and wear their swimwear at home.
“Despite the claim that ‘There’s no place like home’, the reality is that nine out of ten Britons start planning their next trip as soon as they’re back on home ground,” said Amelie Hurst, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “The
Post-Holiday Blues are particularly rife at this time of year, as millions of Britons struggle to returning to the daily grind following a summer break.”
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Notes to editors
600 Britons took part in the TripAdvisor survey (September 2009).