Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
01 June 2012 09:01
The departure and arrival times holidaymakers choose can work against them, a new study suggests
Research has suggested that a lack of planning when it comes to flight times can trim the duration of people's holidays.
The sunshine.co.uk poll of nearly 2,000 people showed that many are unwittingly cutting short their holidays by making poor choices over what time they fly.
A survey of 1,992 holidaymakers who had gone on a one-week trip in the past 24 months revealed the majority (nearly 80%) did not think about flight schedules when booking their overseas break.
The participants in the study said they touched down at their destination from around 5pm to 7pm local time on average, and were due to fly back between 8am and 10am.
Analysis showed the typical holiday lasting seven days was often technically only five days as a result of flight time choices.
Nearly two-thirds of those questioned said it would have "improved their holiday" if they had arranged alternative flight times which allowed them to lengthen their stay.
But no matter how much planning goes into flight times and other elements of our holidays, there's no way you can cover unforeseen circumstances. To this end
travel insurance is vital for offering peace of mind. So, if you're jetting off, don't leave without cost-effective travel insurance from World First.
Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Clarkson said: "It's easy for a seven-day holiday to become a five-day one with poorly-selected flight times, so it's certainly something to think about.
"While flight times at unsocial hours can be unattractive, they can often save you money. And departing early from the UK, but late back from your destination, is a bonus."
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.
08 February 2017
A terminal cancer patient is determined to fulfil his dream of climbing Mount Everest, despite having just months to live.
07 February 2017
One third of holidaying families will opt for a British break this year, new research suggests.
04 February 2017
The benefits of treating back pain with medication could be outweighed by the longer-term side effects, a study suggests.
03 February 2017
Better connectivity in the north of England would see millions more air passengers pass through the region, an independent commission has found.