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“Don’t forget, it’s nearly holiday time!” says holiday company

Holidaymakers use 20% of spending money buying gifts for people back home (but HALF leave it until they’re at the airport)

Holidaymakers set aside a fifth of their entire holiday spending money budget in order to purchase gifts for people back home, according to a survey.

And more than half of Brits who bring back presents for loved ones or colleagues do so at the airport immediately before coming home.

Source: Daily Mail, 9th June 2014


It’s holiday season, and don’t the newspapers know it, with no shortage of vacation reminders gracing the pages of the media. Including this one, ostensibly about spending money, but really nothing more than a reminder to check out a particular travel agent for the latest deals:

Eighty-seven per cent of travellers said they bought a souvenir or present during their last trip abroad, the survey of 2,113 people by www.sunshine.co.uk reveals.

“People look forward to planning a holiday!” says travel website

Daydreaming Brits cost employers £478 each, spending 32 work hours planning, booking and talking about holidays

Planning a holiday, excitement ahead of a trip and time spent reminiscing once home costs employers hundreds of pounds per employee, according to new research.

Eight-nine per cent of staff admitted they were ‘much less productive’ before and after a holiday – with a typical break costing businesses an average £478 per person, due to time spent on trip-related activity.

Source: Daily Mail, 3rd June 2014


With holiday season soon to be upon us, it’s no surprise that many of our colleagues have their minds already mentally on a tropical beach. However, if you’re less concerned about potential loss to the economy than they are about getting a good deal, the travel agent behind this particular story really want to hear from you:

Brits spend about 32 hours in total thinking, researching, planning and daydreaming about a trip while in the office, the survey of 1,885 full-time workers by www.sunshine.co.uk reveals.

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of sunshine.co.uk, said: ‘As soon as you book a holiday, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and for the trip to be on your mind 24/7.

Still, at least you now know where to turn when you do want to start planning that dream holiday during work hours.


“Women can be pilots too!” says travel firm using stereotypes to make headlines

“Maybe you should think about going on holiday!” says holiday firm

“Maybe you should think about going on holiday!” says holiday firm

While this is doubtlessly highly important research, it’s worth noting who funded this article highlighting a range of available holiday options:

“We’ve always wondered if people working in certain professional were more likely to visit certain destinations on holiday and now we know there is a correlation,” said Chris Clarkson, managing director of Sunshine.co.uk, the firm which conducted the research. “It seems that colleagues chatting to one another about their holidays has a big impact on where people choose to go.”

Sunshine.co.uk, it’s somewhat superfluous to point out, being an online travel agent.

“People book holidays online!” says online holiday company

Are you using your time at work to book your holidays? Apparently so, says the Daily Mail:

A fifth of holidays are booked on work computers, says new poll

If you’ve ever wondered why your colleagues occasionally look more happy than they should do dealing with the daily grind, there’s a chance they might be booking a holiday rather than addressing their workload. 

As many as 21 per cent of people polled in a survey by sunshine.co.uk admitted they sorted out their holiday arrangements during their company’s time.

Source: Daily Mail, 6 January 2013

It’s worth bearing in mind a number of things, at this stage:

  1. This is a self-reported survey, of which options some people select, in an online survey where speed is rewarded over accuracy.
  2. The survey was commissioned by an online holiday firm called ‘sunshine.co.uk’, who really only care about telling you that you can book your holidays online with them.
  3. The main take-home point in the statistics isn’t anything to do with whether holidays were booked during work hours (that’s merely the attention-grabber), but instead that:

In what is a sign of the times, just 4 per cent of those who have been away recently booked their trip at a high street travel agency, the poll found.

In fact, this entire story is published simply to remind you that booking a holiday online is simple, and that sunshine.co.uk is a website where you can do exactly that.