Britons too busy to take a holiday

Sep 08 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Three quarters of Britons were too busy at work this summer to take a two-week holiday, while one in five have managed to take no time off at all.

A survey of almost 2,000 people by cut-price airline easyJet found that three-quarters claimed that work pressures meant they did not have time for a traditional two-week family break.

Almost one in five said that they were too busy to take a single day off work.

For most of those questioned, time constraints meant that they ended up taking less than a week off this summer.

And even if they managed to get away from the office, a third of those who took holiday said that they were "plagued" by the office calling their mobiles.

Talking mobile phones or laptops on holiday meant that some people lost up to six days because of interruptions, they survey claimed.

The easyJet findings echo those of a survey carried out earlier this summer by website which also found the traditional summer holiday to be on the decline.

Reedís survey of 6,500 people found that short breaks were fast replacing one long holiday, with a third of people saying that they would take three short breaks this year and a quarter said they would have four short holidays.

EasyJet's Toby Nicol agreed that our leisure patterns were changing and the traditional two-week holiday was becoming a thing of the past.

"As work pressures make it hard for many to get away for a full two weeks, we are seeing an upturn in people designing shorter breaks to Europe on a frequent basis," he said.