Brit tourists’ most exciting parts of a holiday as nation craves getaway

Brits have revealed their most exciting aspects of a holiday including the first blast of hot air after walking off the plane, eating whatever you want – and a cold beverage by the pool.

A survey of 2,000 adults revealed travellers love the novelty of the moment you open the door of the hotel room for the first time and standing on a balcony.

Trying new food, leaving behind day-to-day life and not having to cook or clean are also among the most exciting parts of travel.

As a result, seven in 10 feel they have missed out on creating new memories, with 64% claiming this is the aspect of travel they miss the most.

The research, carried out by Hilton as part of its ‘To New Memories’ campaign, revealed 24% are already planning to go on multiple holidays next year to make up for their lack of trips this year, while 12% hoping to have a multi-destination holiday.

And with 2020 being travel free for so many, 23% are already planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip when they feel comfortable.

The research also revealed seven in 10 will appreciate travel and making memories more than they used to once they can start going away again.

It also emerged that the most common way to remember a trip is by reminiscing with others who went on the holiday, followed by souvenirs, printing photographs and making digital photo albums.

But the study also revealed that while they’re typically the moments people dread about time away – some are even missing the more negative sides of a holiday.

A fifth are longing for the early wake-up call to get to the airport while 17% have missed waiting around in departures.

And 15% have even missed the panic-induced moment of having to double and triple check they had their passport on them.

Despite the restrictions, a lucky 41% of those polled via OnePoll, have still managed to go away – with one in 10 leaving the UK.

With more time to ponder future plans during lockdown, and when Brits are comfortable with going away again, mainland Europe is the top destination, followed by visiting more of the UK and North America.

Stephen Cassidy, managing director, Hilton UK & Ireland, said, “Travel is an unstoppable force, and we know our customers are eager to reconnect with the people and places they love.

“Holidays give us memories which we can look back on for a lifetime and this year, more so than ever, has made us realise just how important they are.

“Hilton team members, all over the world, are looking forward to welcoming guests with all the reassurance they need – best-in-class hospitality, cleanliness and flexibility – so they can create their new memories whenever they are ready.”

The 25 best experiences about a holiday

  1. Trying different food
  2. New adventure
  3. Spending time with loved ones
  4. Eating what you want
  5. Leaving behind the day-to-day
  6. First blast of hot air when you get off the plane
  7. Escaping from work
  8. Not having to cook
  9. Excitement of opening the hotel door for the first time
  1. Being able to turn off from work
  2. Not having to do the dishes
  3. Learning new things
  4. Having a balcony
  5. Trying local drinks
  6. Having a morning drink by the pool
  7. Not having to clean the bathroom
  8. Escaping the news
  9. Children’s excitement
  10. Noticing your suntan in the evening
  11. Getting the cool feel of air-con the moment you enter the hotel after a day in the sun
  12. Being more active
  13. Making temporary friends
  14. The early airport pint
  15. Ordering room service
  16. Having fresh towels in the hotel everydayHilton’s ‘To New Memories’