Britons' holiday world doesn't extend beyond six hour flights: poll

Britons love to travel on holiday but a new survey shows they don’t want to fly too far from home – with six hours in a plane the limit for the average citizen.

Planes re-routed to avoid military exercises along China's southern coast. Image by Frank Kovalchek / CC BY 2.0

British people like to go abroad but six hour flights are about the maximum distance they want to go from home Image by Frank Kovalchek / CC BY 2.0 Image by Frank Kovalchek / CC BY 2.0

A new poll found that almost two-thirds queried actually consider how long they will be flying when deciding where to go on holidays.

By curtailing their flight times for holidays, the average Briton misses out on some of the world's great holiday destinations like North America, Asia and Australia

By curtailing their flight times for holidays, the average Briton misses out on some of the world's great holiday destinations like North America, Asia and Australia Image by fsse8info / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Daily Telegraph reports that this rule of thumb rules out some of the best places to visit in the world, including the West Coast of the US and Australia as well as virtually all of South-east Asia.

When website Jetcost.co.uk did the survey, they also asked 250 people each from Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, and discovered that the continentals were much more inclined to fly further in pursuit of adventure.

Germans came out top of this mini-poll with those asked saying they would travel over 15 hours to a destination, if they felt it was where they wanted to go.

The French weren’t quite as durable and felt that 12 and a half hours was their outer limit while the Spanish were drawing a line at nine hours. Only the Italians were less resilient that the British by declaring that four hours in a plane was enough for them.

British travellers say that after six hours on a plane, they begin to suffer from cabin fever while also referencing toilets on planes and fear of emergencies on longer flights as reasons they don’t like extended travelling.

About 20% said it was a case of boredom while slightly fewer had issues with the threat of deep vein thrombosis.

What the survey shows is that the Canary Islands, Egypt, Turkey and West Africa are the outer limits of their travel plans. However the USA, Canada, Dubai, India, Cuba, Brazil, Thailand and Australia are among the holiday destinations out of reach.

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