Even though they call home nearly every day while on vacation, a survey reveals adults in the U.K. barely miss their families at all.
A new survey released by travel agency Sunshine.co.uk has revealed some surprising things about adult travelers from the U.K., most notably, that they miss their coworkers more than family while on vacation. According to the survey, 89 percent of travelers polled said they missed home when they traveled, but only one-fifth of respondents said they missed their children, partner, parents and siblings.
Aside from the comforts of home, the number-one thing U.K. travelers miss while on vacation is pets, with 67 percent of respondents admitting they missed their animal companions. Next on the list? Surprisingly, work colleagues. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they missed their business buddies, which Chris Clarkson, managing director of Sunshine.co.uk, says is interesting but makes sense.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s possible to miss things from home when you’re on a relaxing holiday abroad, but it does happen,” Clarkson told Daily Mail. “As nice and luxurious as any holiday is, you’ll still often find yourself pining over home comforts … we spend so long with the people we work with that they often become close friends, and it’s easy to miss people you spend a lot of time with.”
The full ranking of what Britons miss the most when they travel can be found below:
- Pets – 67%
- Work Colleagues – 55%
- Bed – 51%
- TV Programs – 43%
- Close Family – 22%
- Laundry Facilities – 19%
- A Decent Cuppa – 12%
- Driving – 10%
- Local Pub – 7%
- Own House – 5%
When asked about what they missed about vacationing after they returned home, 91 percent of respondents said they missed the weather, 74 percent lamented the loss of daily drinking and 62 percent longed for more time off work.