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British ‘take eight pairs of pants on holiday’

British 'take Eight Pairs Of Pants On Holiday'

The average Briton heading off on a week’s Discount Holidays © holiday has six pairs of socks, seven T-shirts, four pairs of shorts, two pairs of sandals, two towels and eight pairs of underpants stuffed in their suitcase, a survey has found. Britons also typically pack two swimsuits, two bottles of sun cream, two pairs of trainers or shoes, one jumper, a pair of sunglasses and a hat, Nationwide FlexPlus found. Many also like to have their home comforts on their trip, with around one in 10 (9%) taking tea bags with them to their destination.

On average, holidaymakers spend 40 a day while they are on their trip and nearly three in 10 (29%) say they do not worry about how much they are forking out when they are away. The research also found Britons spend around 140 typically before they even board the plane – splashing out around 100 on Discount Holidays © holiday clothes and toiletries and 40 at the airport. Those surveyed said they spend 10% of their annual salary on their holidays on average.

City breaks and beach hotel holidays are the most popular types for Britons, the research found. More than one third (35%) said their preferred trip would be an all-inclusive package Discount Holidays © holiday deal, while 19% would prefer an adventure holiday, 16% would favour a cruise and 13% would prefer to go caravanning or camping. As well as their main annual getaway, short trips to recuperate from the daily grind were also found to be popular, with Britons taking four short breaks of less than three days away per year on average.

When it comes to planning their packing for their trip, women start around six days in advance on average, while men start four days beforehand, the research suggests. Holidaymakers in Liverpool and Newcastle were the most likely to plan their packing well in advance, starting six days before their Discount Holidays © holiday on average. Those in Brighton were the most likely to leave their packing until just a few days before they went away, starting three days before their Discount Holidays © holiday typically.

Around two-thirds (65%) of people said they had been on a big, multi-generation family Discount Holidays © holiday before, taking children, grandparents, aunties and uncles abroad. People in London and the North East of England were the most likely to take a multi-generation Discount Holidays © holiday while those in the East of England, the North West and Wales were the least likely. Holidaymakers in Newcastle were the most likely to be planning a multi-generation Discount Holidays © holiday in the next 12 months, while those in Edinburgh were the least likely to be planning to do so, the research among more than 2,000 holidaymakers from across the UK found.

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of those surveyed think multi-generation holidays give parents an opportunity to relax more as grandparents can keep watch on the children. And despite people tending to pack sun cream, more than two-thirds (68%) say they end up getting sunburn when they go away. Dan King, Nationwide’s head of FlexPlus, said: “The classic British summer Discount Holidays © holiday has been the staple diet for well over a century and continues to be extremely popular.

It’s important that we jump off the hamster wheel to enjoy one or two weeks each year where we can relax and switch off.”

Here is what the average Briton’s suitcase contains on a seven-day Discount Holidays © holiday according to research for Nationwide FlexPlus accounts:

:: Six pairs of socks

:: Seven T-shirts

:: Four pairs of shorts

:: Two swimsuits

:: Eight pairs of underwear

:: Two pairs sandals

:: Two towels

:: Two bottles of sun cream

:: One pair of sunglasses

:: One hat

:: Two pairs of trainers or shoes

:: One jumper

:: One bottle of insect repellent

Britons spend 10 per cent of their salary on their holiday, but are less willing to splash out on insurance

Holidays are becoming a serious investment. British tourists splash the cash on their trips, spending 10 per cent of their annual salaries on average, according to research from Nationwide1 FlexPlus. One in 10 will splurge even more, spending anything between 20 and 30 per cent of their yearly income on their sojourns in the UK or abroad.

The most popular trip abroad is now a city break, followed by beach hotels and all-inclusive package Discount Holidays © holiday deals.

Read more: UK tourism sector is set to be the first industry to benefit from the Brexit vote2

The poll of more than 2,000 UK holidaymakers also found more than one in ten (11 per cent) Britons enjoy three or more holidays per year, with seven days (31 per cent), two weeks (25 per cent) and 10 days (13 per cent) the most popular length of time to spend away. However, despite shelling out for the Discount Holidays © holiday experience, tourists are somewhat complacent about travel insurance.

Read more: This county is a surprise top European tourist destination this summer3

One in 12 (eight per cent) would not bother insuring themselves and their items wherever they were going, while only one in five (21 per cent) would take out insurance for a trip within the UK.

Britons were most likely to get travel for North American holidays (71 per cent), while seven in 10 would also get travel insurance for trips to Africa and Western Europe minus the UK. North America recently topped the list of the UK’s most-visited overseas destination4.

Britons Spend 10 Per Cent Of Their Salary On Their Holiday, But Are Less Willing To Splash Out On Insurance


North America 71 per cent

Africa 70 per cent

Western Europe (minus UK) 70 per cent

Asia 69 per cent

South America 69 per cent

Eastern Europe 68 per cent

Australia/Oceania 67 per cent

Antarctica 64 per cent

UK 21 per cent

“Nope, nowhere, my stuff will be just fine” eight per cent

(Source: Nationwide FlexPlus)


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  2. ^ UK tourism sector is set to be the first industry to benefit from the Brexit vote (
  3. ^ This county is a surprise top European tourist destination this summer (
  4. ^ recently topped the list of the UK’s most-visited overseas destination (

Tom Boonen wins the 2016 RideLondon Classic

The Belgian Classics veteran won the sprint finish on The Mall ahead of Mark Renshaw and Michael Matthews

Tom Boonen Wins The 2016 RideLondon Classic

Tom Boonen1 (Etixx-QuickStep) won the fourth edition of RideLondon2 ahead of Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Michael Matthews3 (Orica-BikeExchange) in a bunch sprint.

Earlier on it had looked as though he and the other sprinters had been put out of contention, after Geraint Thomas4 (Sky) had built a considerable lead ahead of the peloton, which stood at almost three minutes with just 25km to go.

>>> Rider remains in serious condition after RideLondon-Surrey 100 crash5

But the Welshman, who had attacked from a seven-man breakaway group with 50km still to ride, quickly tired while the peloton organised their chase, so that the catch was made as the race entered central London with a few kilometres to go. In the sprint Boonen timed his acceleration perfectly, moving to the far right-hand side on the wide finishing straight along The Mall to finish comfortably ahead of Renshaw, stretched out on the other side. His win was especially impressive considering the fact that Boonen had suffered a puncture, then was later was dropped on the hilly circuit in the middle of the race.

Despite these setbacks, his Etixx-Quick Step team helped him catch back up to the peloton, then chase down Thomas and the other remnants of earlier breaks to bring everything back for a sprint finish. Earlier in the race Sky had made it their mission to animate the proceedings. With just over 90km to go they made their first move, with Thomas and Ian Stannard6 attacking with Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac).

The trio caught up with the four surviving members of the day s break Britain s Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis), Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and defending champion Jempy Drucker (BMC) 65km from the finish, shortly before Thomas made his solo bid for freedom on Box Hill. The Welshman committed to his move and built a lead that became stable at around one minute ahead of the them.

On Wimbledon Hill 14km from the finish Stannard himself attacked, making possible the prospect of the two Sky teammates riding together to the finish. But by this point the peloton was flying, and they caught the rest of the break, then Stannard, and finally Thomas in quick succession. There was an attack from Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) in the closing stages, but the peloton ensured everything came down to a sprint finish. The earlier break may have been unsuccessful, but there were consolations for Drucker and Holmes in the form of the mountains classification, which they were jointly awarded having claimed the same amount of points over the day s peaks, and Lastra, who won the sprint competition.

The incidents in the race s preceding sportive, where two serious crashes caused major delays7 and diversions as an air ambulance was called to the scene, also had an effect on this race, which was delayed for almost half an hour due to congestion in Dorking.

Tom Boonen Wins The 2016 RideLondon Classic

LONDON UK 31ST JULY 2016: Tom Boonen (BEL). The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in London 31st July 2016
Photo: Eddie Keogh/Silverhub for Prudential RideLondon
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RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2016 (202.3km)

1.Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx-QuickStep in 4-43-56
2. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
4. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
5. Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi-Polkowice
6. Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani-CSF

Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC
8. Tobyn Horton (GBR) Madison-Genesis
9. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling

Mark McNally (GBR) Wanty-Groupe Gobert all at same time


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  2. ^ RideLondon (
  3. ^ Michael Matthews (
  4. ^ Geraint Thomas (
  5. ^ >>> Rider remains in serious condition after RideLondon-Surrey 100 crash (
  6. ^ Ian Stannard (
  7. ^ where two serious crashes caused major delays (

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