Almost half (45%) of young people are worried about not being able to travel and explore the world due to ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions, new research reveals.

The study commissioned by youth travel operator Topdeck Travel found that going on holiday and enjoying the perks of travel is an important part of switching off from the crisis, with 35% stating this as the most important factor when it comes to booking a holiday.

The pandemic has taken its toll on the mental wellbeing of young Brits with 53% saying they have struggled to look after their mental health in lockdown.

The survey found that top of the list of stress contributors for the young are finances (39%) and education (32%)

One in four 18-25 year olds say that being outside as much as possible is important to them, while 28% seek meaningful and authentic travel experiences and 23% hope to experience a different culture.

The findings paint a picture of a more anxiety-ridden generation than in previous years – with 32% of young adults opting to make changes to their current study plans and 18% putting off plans to take a new career to take time out from work.

Most important factors for Gen Z when booking a holiday now:

  1. Affordability (44%)
  2. Flexibility to change a booking close to departure if needed (38%)
  3. High standards of cleanliness (38%)
  4. To be able to escape and switch off from the events of the last few months (35%)
  5. To have a meaningful and authentic travel experience (28%)

Topdeck Travel global general manager Charles Knowlton said: “The global pandemic has undoubtedly taken it’s toll on young people. Many are having to change their life plans and have been struggling to look after their mental wellbeing over these last few months.

“There seems to be a focus on self-improvement amongst the Gen Z, who are taking a step back from careers and making changes to study plans to hone their passions and develop skills during these unprecedented times.

“Young people are keen to explore the world again and authentic travel experiences play an important role in liberating them from the rules of normal life and providing them with the much-needed release they require.

“Young Brits need travel plans to look forward to in order to boost their mental wellbeing and switch off from the events that have unfolded over the past months.”

He added: “We’ve been reviewing our operations to ensure we can adapt and operate our trips safely when we get back on the road.

“We know that these are uncertain times and that restrictions are changing so we’re also providing increased flexibility for all new bookings made.”