A fifth optimistic about holidaying abroad in 2021

A fifth (21%) plan to holiday abroad this year, with 10% planning to do so in the summer and 11% planning to in the autumn, according to a new Opinium survey of people who have hired a car by iCarhireinsurance.com.

This compares to over half (53%) who think they will next travel abroad in 2022, rising to 60% of 18 – 34s compared with 47% of over 55s. However, 14% do not see themselves travelling abroad until 2023; and one in ten (10%) do not see themselves travelling abroad ever again.

Apart from Portugal, thinking of the countries they would most like to travel to, and to be added to the green list, Spain tops the list (33%), followed by Greece (21%) and France (20%). The full list is:

  • Spain 33%
  • Greece 21%
  • France 20%
  • Italy 18%
  • USA 15%
  • Ireland 10%
  • Germany 10%
  • Netherlands 8%
  • Poland 4%
  • Turkey 1%

Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance, said: “While some will be waiting with bated breath for countries to go on the green list, particularly if they’ve got a paid-for holiday postponed from last year, over half do not see themselves travelling abroad until next year. It remains to be seen in what form travel will slowly start up again and whether the great British summer weather will have to suffice for the majority of holidays this year.”

“Hiring a car is a great way to explore, whether holidaying abroad or in the UK, and the same rules apply when it comes to making sure you don’t end up paying a fortune at the rental desk. Don’t forget to shop around for a good deal, and check the price of any extras you need, as these can really add up. Make sure you take your sat nav, and any child car seats with you, and buy your car hire excess insurance in advance from an independent specialist,” he added.

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