A survey by travel site Momondo.co.uk has found more than half of people are struck down by the post-holiday blues.
The survey, of 1,000 Britons, found 61% of women and 51% of men feel sad after returning from a trip away.
A difference between generations was also identified. While 58% of 18-22 year olds and 57% of 23-35 year olds felt “depressed” returning from a holiday, a lower percentage of 56-65 year olds experienced these feelings – 47%.
Meanwhile, 62% of Brits admitted to feeling happier and more positive when taking time off to travel.
Additionally, Momondo found that for 30% of those surveyed, a holiday has a positive effect on their relationship with their partner, and 20% of Brits stated a holiday has a positive effect on their children.
The survey also found the return to everyday life after a holiday is often made easier for Brits by fantasising about the next trip – 28% of women and 20% of men.
Lasse Skole Hansen, PR manager at Momondo, said: “It’s clear being on holiday is a great source of happiness for most people.
“The annual summer holiday is often the last luxury to be spared if needs must, due to the positive effect it creates.
“Far away from regular routines, holiday-makers experience new things, feeling generally happier on the whole. So in reverse, a return to the daily grind can have the opposite effect on morale.”
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