Holiday Traditions: Out With The Old, In With The New
The British holiday rituals that could soon be lost to history
The two-week long break, the fashionably questionable but ever practical bum bag, using baby oil to sizzle in the sun – these are just three British holiday traditions which may soon be consigned to the annals of history, according to a new study released today.
The survey of 2,000 British adults was commissioned by Teletextholidays.co.uk to find out how holiday-making both at home and abroad has evolved over the last generation.
Results reveal the common holiday rituals that Brits believe are disappearing, as 78% say we no longer send postcards and a fifth (21%) think packing tea bags and other food home comforts is a vanishing habit. These are being replaced with more popular modern equivalents such as texting our holiday updates (35% now do this) and eating only local cuisine (63%).
TOP 10 VANISHING HOLIDAY CUSTOMS
|THEN – THOSE WE THINK ARE DYING OUT:|
|NOW – WHAT WE’VE REPLACED THEM WITH:|
|1.||Sending postcards (78%)||Emailing/texting updates to family and friends while still on holiday (35%)|
|2.||Taking travellers cheques (57%)||Taking spending money out of an ATM when abroad (32%)|
|3.||Perusing travel brochures from the travel agent (50%)||Doing holiday research by reading online travelogues and reviews (45%)|
|4.||The post-holiday slideshow/ printed photo album (40%)||Uploading photos and videos to social media whilst still on holiday (22%)|
|5.||Using baby oil or low-factor sun cream (and getting burnt) (35%)||Using high-factor sun cream (55%)|
|6.||Taking off 2 weeks for one main holiday (33%)||Going on multiple long weekends/short breaks abroad (32%)|
|7.||Clapping when the plane lands (33%)||Keeping our headphone in from the moment the plane takes off to when it lands (9%)|
|8.||Buying over-sized novelty souvenirs/ novelty booze (30%)||Packing efficiently so we don’t pay luggage excess (51%)|
|9.||Carrying money in a concealed bum bag/money belt (27%)||Carrying credit/debit cards, and a little cash (33%)|
|10.||Packing 3 x as many clothes as we need (23%)||Travelling light with hand luggage only (21%)|