A third of Brits choose to spend Xmas abroad

by Travelbag on 27 November 2015, 14:11PM
  • 39% of Brits have previously chosen to spend Christmas outside the UK
  • Almost a quarter of those escape the country to avoid family or traditions
  • Majority of escapees spend up to £600 whilst celebrating Christmas abroad


We recently conducted some reserarch which has shown that Christmas advertising, festive shop displays, or hosting Christmas dinner for the family are the reasons Brits are escaping the country over the holiday season.

Our research shows that 39% of UK adults have spent Christmas abroad with almost a quarter admitting they did so to escape their families, the whole idea of Christmas or taking part in Christmas traditions.

While 37% leave the UK to visit family who live abroad, a further 18% follow the sunshine as they leave the country because of the weather. 15% just like the idea of spending Christmas in a different country to experience different traditions.

Interestingly, almost a quarter of those spending Christmas abroad travel by themselves, while 40% take their partners with them. A further 28% bring the whole family while only 4% travel with their friends.

When asked about how often they have travelled abroad at this time of year, of those surveyed, 37% admitted they avoid Christmas in the UK every year, followed by a third who escape every other year, and 22% who say they’ve done it couple of times. As for costs, almost half of those who spend Christmas abroad admit to splurging up to £600 when celebrating festive season elsewhere.

When is the best time to escape?

Some (16%) of those escaping the country are definitely not fans of festive TV adverts as they wish they could leave the country as soon as John Lewis Christmas ad and Coca-Cola Trucks hit the telly.

A further 15% would leave the country the second they see shops putting up a Christmas tree on their window displays.

While over half of consumers would make sure they leave the country at least a week before Christmas, just over 10% would leave on the first day of December.

The opinion on festive TV is the same with those staying at home celebrating Christmas with their families, as they admit that the jolly advertising and programs are their least favourite aspects of the season. 

When spending Christmas abroad, some (41%) voted for family visits and entertaining family members to be the number one tradition they don’t miss, followed by cooking Christmas dinner (29%).

Over two thirds of those who spend Christmas abroad keep some traditions. A further 12% are not so keen on traditions as long as they exchange presents, and interestingly 12% always adopt the traditions of the country they are visiting.

The escapees admitted to missing some aspects when not spending Christmas at home. Almost half feel like they’re missing out on seeing their favourite family members and shockingly just over 10% miss the British weather.

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Sample Christmas escapes, based on travel dates over the Christmas period include and subject to availability:

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Seven nights at the 4* Andaman Sea View Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, staying on a B&B Basis costs from £1m179 per adult and £659 per child, including flights with China Southern Airlines and Air Asia.

Seven nights at the 4* Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi in the Maldives, staying on an all-inclusive basis, costs £1,579 per adult and £1,079 per child, including flights with Lufthansa.

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