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%)

 

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