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Holidaymakers 'not turning off from work'

A significant proportion of UK holidaymakers are failing to put aside the stresses of their job by taking work with them when they head on a break.

New research from Kwik Fit has revealed the extent to which Britons are unable to switch off when it comes to relaxing on a getaway, with 46 per cent of people who work either full or part-time jobs spending at least part of their holidays on work-related activities.

Tasks like checking emails, making work phone calls or reading up on work documents or literature were shown to be the most likely things these people get up to when they should be relaxing.

Overall, men were shown to be more likely to be unable to switch off than women - 50 per cent compared to 41 per cent. However, it was female holidaymakers who on average spent the most time working when away - six hours and 22 minutes compared to four hours and 19 minutes for men.

Moreover, the choice of holiday destination was also affected by work activities for 25 per cent of respondents, with 15 per cent stating they need regular access to high-quality Wi-Fi or internet and 11 per cent requiring good mobile phone coverage.

Meanwhile, four per cent stated they would only stay in a hotel if it offered excellent business facilities and three per cent noted they would only holiday here in the UK in case they needed to leave their vacation and head back into the office in an emergency.

The same proportion stated they would need to stay in close proximity to an airport if travelling abroad for the same reason.

In total, UK travellers were shown to have spent a combined 3.17 million holiday days working last year, demonstrating the considerable difficulties some people have in switching off from their day-to-day routines.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: "This research shows that many people find it hard to leave work behind when they head off on holiday. 

"With today's technology, staying connected is getting ever easier and it can be a real benefit, as long as it doesn't stop people enjoying their valuable time away."

Indeed, research recently published by Microsoft also highlighted the growing difficulties faced by many holidaymakers when it comes to setting aside their work responsibilities when on vacation.

It revealed that 40 per cent of people believe it is necessary to have their mobile phone on them at all times, just in case they receive a work email or call. Meanwhile, 52 per cent stated that the last thing they will do before going to sleep is check their emails.

Overall, 45 per cent of travellers said they felt they were not fulfilling their responsibilities if they did not respond immediately to a work message when on holiday.

Individuals keen to relax while on a break either at home or abroad might like to invest in portable oxygen equipment, which could be of great benefit in helping individuals to melt away the stresses of their daily lives.

Posted by Jenny RichardsADNFCR-2960-ID-801738803-ADNFCR

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