Safety and security are the most important factors when choosing a travel destination for 2016 for almost half (46%) of holidaymakers in a survey of over 2,300 people by travel insurance specialist Holidaysafe.co.uk.
However, over half (60%) of those surveyed said their travel plans for the next six months were unchanged following recent global events such as the Paris attacks and Sharm el-Sheikh airline tragedy, while just under one in eight (12%) of respondents stated that they were less likely to go abroad.
Seeking the best deal, three quarters (75%) of respondents stated that they have already started to plan their holidays for next year, of which over a third (34%) have set their sights on long haul destinations. Over one in seven (14%) of holidaymakers stated that they are likely to take a staycation in 2016, while over a quarter (28%) stated that they were more likely to take an international holiday in the next six months than before.
Price-savvy travellers put “value for money” as the second most important factor in deciding a destination; with over a third (33%) ranking it as the most important. Over half (52%) of respondents stated that fluctuating currency exchange rates were the least important factor.
Amber Howard, brand manager of Holidaysafe.co.uk, said: “Travelling the world and exploring new places is always exciting but it is interesting to see how attitudes towards destinations have changed. Our customers’ safety is always the highest priority for us, and we encourage people to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before departing, for more information on their chosen destination.
“Travel insurance can give you the peace of mind knowing that you are covered should the worst happen when you are abroad – from lost luggage to unexpected medical expenses. Always check that your policy is suitable for your needs and activities – especially if you are planning on doing extreme sports as they are not always covered as standard.”