Brits remain determined to travel, despite Brexit uncertainty

With Brexit on the horizon, we wanted to know how people thought it may affect their travel plans in 2019. With this in mind we asked 1,400 people just what it meant for them. Highlighting just how resilient, and hungry to travel they are, nearly two thirds of respondents said that their travel plans were unaffected in 2019. Our research shows that it’ll take more than political uncertainty to stop Britons from going on holiday across Europe, in fact 60% of those responding said they intended to take two or more trips within Europe in the coming year. Europe remains an ever-popular destination for those holidaying from the UK.

With the Home Office giving warnings over potential disruption for UK passport holders when traveling abroad within the EU, there’s a lot to consider for the British traveller in 2019. Despite their determination to still holiday in Europe, when asked about just what the major concerns were for those doing so, it was the potential financial impact Brexit may have on travellers that came out in front. Three in five holidaymakers said that a possible negative impact on exchange rates was one of their main concerns, along with half of respondents generally concerned with holidays becoming more expensive. Since the vote the strength of the pound has yo-yoed, and the uncertainty around the final outcome isn’t helping. With all of this in mind, the data showed that younger generations were also concerned about what it may mean for roaming fees and potential hostilities from people in the countries they’d be visiting. With uncertainty on a deal, there’s still a chance that roaming fees may come back, but a number of the networks have gone on the record to say they currently don’t intend to do so.

Data revealing younger travellers fears over post-Brexit hostility from locals


We wanted to find out what this meant for holidaying in the UK, and whether Brexit was going to encourage people to consider staycations instead. In fact, despite a continued preference for holidaying in Europe, nearly one in three of those surveyed said that they’d be more likely to take a holiday in Britain, whether it’s visiting one of our historic and thriving cities or taking in one of our excellent beaches, in 2019. When it comes to holidaying in Britain, it seems that ‘city breaks’ are the most popular form of staycation, with over three quarters of respondents listing them as their preferred option. This was followed by seaside breaks. With Britain’s city’s proving so popular, we looked at VisitBritain’s research which revealed that London, Manchester and Edinburgh were the UK’s most popular.

Data highlighting the UK’s desire to go on city breaks

Cost, again, played a big part for those considering staying in the UK for a holiday after Brexit. With continued uncertainty over what it really is going to mean for the country, one in four said that the UK potentially being less expensive as a travel option was a major factor. With everything the UK has to offer, from historic castles to stunning mountains and lakes, it was the potential for discovery in the UK which lead the way for those choosing to stay put, with over 60% of respondents saying as much. There’s so much to experience in the UK’s cities, like free museums, thriving food scenes and historical architecture. Many are also great bases to use to explore the surrounding countryside.

Point A have hotels in London and Glasgow, waiting to welcome you for your UK city break, and with the addition of hotels in Edinburgh and Kensington to come. Let Point A help you discover a new city and book with us today.

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