Millions of Brits are happy to holiday within 50 miles of their home – as long as their getaway presents the opportunity to try new things.
A study of 2,000 adults found one in six are content travelling a short distance for a break away, providing they have enough time to relax and unwind and explore new surroundings.
While 31 per cent want to eat every meal in a restaurant and try new foods.
Waking up later than usual, wearing clothes which don’t usually leave the wardrobe at home and getting to enjoy evening entertainment every night are also classed as crucial for a real holiday.
It also emerged 28 per cent find the idea of sitting on a beach for two weeks boring – with a fifth admitting they would rather a countryside retreat.
Simon Thompson, managing director for Warner Leisure Hotels, which commissioned the research, said: “We’re so lucky to live on such a beautiful isle – Brits can find a whole host of gems, quite often right on their doorstep.
“The results show you don’t have to travel for hours and hours to find a relaxing getaway and can experience all the joy of being somewhere new without any of the hassle.”
When quizzed on how long a ‘real holiday’ should be, 20 per cent said three days would be their minimum.
While 39 per cent don’t consider a holiday to be so unless they are staying in a hotel.
More than a third (34 per cent) must be able see the ocean and 24 per cent want the opportunity to try activities they wouldn’t usually do at home.
And 41 per cent like to have entertainment included on a break, although 68 per cent want to be able to do their own thing.
Going to bed later than usual, dining at a buffet

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