More than 40% of UK travellers polled by Holiday Extras would be willing to travel abroad despite the need to self-isolate when they return, according to the add-ons specialist.

The survey forms part of a monthly poll of 1,000 people, with findings based on responses made on May 14 after the government’s plans to introduce a 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals had been made public.


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Holiday Extras said respondents were generally less confident than when polled in March and April. However, the survey found that 53% of respondents expected to travel overseas before the end of the year, and 24% still hoped to travel in August.

Regular flyers were most optimistic, with 72% of those who had flown in the past three months expecting to do so again this year.

Ant Clarke-Cowell, associate brand director at Holiday Extras, said: “It’s wonderful to see the optimism and determination of British holidaymakers, even in these trying times, to look forward to their week or two in the sun. Certainly, the numbers are down from March and April, but more than half of the 1,000 holidaymakers we polled expect to be back on the beach before the year is out.”

He added: “Even if there is a little way to go with our own lockdown before Brits will be driving to the airport, we can see from our survey that the demand is there from holidaymakers.

“We can see that our favourite tourist hotspots are keen to reopen for business. All we are really waiting for is for everyone to agree a way for us to get back to the beach in a way that is safe and responsible for everyone concerned.”

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