Brits are so desperate to go on holiday they miss packing & queuing at airports

Sun-starved Brits are so desperate to travel again they're even missing the prospect of queuing at airport security.

A survey of 2,000 people found lockdown has changed perceptions of travel chores that are usually a source of annoyance.

Many confessed to secretly missing common holiday ordeals like getting lost on foreign roads and waiting ages for stragglers to join their transfer coach.

Even packing and doing the washing seems like an exciting prospect of months of being stuck at home.

However, most of the list is dominated by feel good things like warm evenings, amazing views, exciting excursions and fantastic food.

The survey found that Spain, Italy and New York are the top three destinations Brits can't wait to escape to when restrictions lift.

Almost two thirds of Brits have missed out on a foreign trip this year.

Rhiannon Heap, a spokesperson from New York Bakery Co., who commissioned the survey, said: "We know people are missing all sorts of things when it comes to trips abroad – whether that's flying over to America or dashing across Europe.

"People are missing the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures and food is one of the biggest contributors to having an authentic experience.

"Gelato in Italy, Paella in Spain or Bagels in New York."

Travellers miss having time to properly relax, trying new food and seeing the sights of a new location.

Top things Brits miss about going on holiday

  1. Warm evenings
  2. Seeing amazing views
  3. Having something to look forward to
  4. Having time to properly relax
  5. Trying new food
  6. Seeing the sights of a new city
  7. The guaranteed sun
  8. Authentic food
  9. Having some me-time
  10. Eating what I want when I want
  11. The wave of heat when you get off the plane
  12. Sunbathing by a pool
  13. Going on excursions
  14. Meeting people of different cultures
  15. Seeing the hotel for the first time
  16. Getting a tan
  17. The excitement at the airport
  18. Getting immersed in different cultures
  19. Getting dressed up for the evening
  20. Getting through a good book in peace

Almost guaranteed sunshine, having some me-time and being able to eat when and what you want also featured in the top 50.

And sightseeing and food top the list of things Brits love about travelling to a different country (51%).

In fact, 58% admitted to indulging in more food on holiday than at home. One in three Brits want to visit New York to try the bagels and 42% would love to have a Gelato in Italy.

Nearly six in 10 (58%) also can't wait to immerse themselves in a different culture and have a really authentic experience.

Almost two thirds said they deliberately seek out local cuisine when they're on holiday to ensure a truly authentic experience when exploring a new city.

The survey, conducted by One Poll, went on to reveal almost a quarter (23%) have tried to recreate a holiday experience at home during the pandemic.

Rhiannon, added: "People have been recreating all sorts of holiday moments at home, from preparing exotic foods to recreating cityscapes and beach scene backdrops in their gardens.

"That's why, while we still can't get abroad easily, we're giving people the chance to enjoy a city break at home, with our New York or Nothin' weekender experience.

"Bagels are synonymous with the Big Apple – it's one of the must-eat experiences when you visit; so we want to celebrate the greatest city in the world with a taste of New York."

For an authentic NYC experience in the comfort of your own home, visit to join the New York or Nothin' Weekender.

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