Revealed: Why Scots avoid holidaying abroad

A new survey has revealed why Scots avoided travelling abroad this summer.
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Holiday company Cottages in Northumberland asked 1000 Scottish holidaymakers why they packed away their passports and opted to holiday closer to home.

Survey participants were asked to give their reasons for the decision, with the likes of safety, language barriers and the love of Britain’s natural beauty topping the poll.

The research follows a report by The Telegraph newspaper earlier this year that revealed a rise in people choosing to ‘staycation’ rather than taking a trip abroad.

Safety first

In light of incidents such as June’s hotel attack in Tunisia, 13.6% of respondents said concerns over safety stop them from holidaying abroad.

It’s a particular problem for 35-44 year olds, with 17.4% saying they feel safer staying in the UK.

A further 8% of those surveyed said that flying stops them from travelling abroad, while others are choosing to holiday at home to avoid unfamiliar travel networks.

Lost in translation

A difference in language scooped a high percentage of the vote - with 22% of women and 18% of men citing language barriers as their primary reason for staying local.

Overall, one in five respondents said that the language barrier stops them from holidaying outside the UK.

No place like home

Home comforts also proved popular with many respondents; 17% of women and 14.5% of men chose this option.

Overall, 19% of Scots surveyed said that familiar surroundings were a key factor in deciding where to take a break.

Culture club

The country’s natural beauty and historical appeal also have a place in the nation’s hearts - securing a combined total of 34% in the overall survey.

Other respondents offered up their own alternative answers, with the love of the British countryside and the UK’s cultural diversity proving popular.

Pet peeves

Concerns over their pets proved to be a popular reason for Scots holidaying at home - with 7.9% preferring to take a break with their furry friends.

For other respondents, the opportunity to holiday with their dog was a big part of the British appeal - with many hotels, pubs and restaurants around the country catering for their four-legged friends.

Some respondents offered up their own alternatives - with popular answers including access to transport, being able to keep in contact with family and a love of British fish and chips.

Angela Mazingham, director of operations at Cottages in Northumberland, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that more and more people are looking to enjoy a ‘staycation’ on our beautiful island.

“With a stunning coastline, breath-taking countryside, a wealth of fascinating history and so much for all the family to do and see, Britain is an excellent option for people looking to travel, explore and relax, without the hassle.”

Topline results:

What influenced your decision to holiday in the UK rather than abroad?

Natural beauty: 20.7%

No language barrier: 19.3%

Home comforts: 18.6%

History: 13.6%

Safety: 13.6%

Pet-friendly: 7.9%

Other: 8%

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