Sport often comes before holidays

16 January 2013 10:26

Olympic Stadium, London 2012. A poll has revealed that many holidays are planned around the dates of sports events

Olympic Stadium, London 2012. A poll has revealed that many holidays are planned around the dates of sports events

Sports fixtures are a top priority when picking holiday dates, a poll has shown. Over 80% of Britons plan their holidays around UK events, and for many people, the most important are sports, birthdays or weddings, the survey by sunshine.co.uk revealed.

The occasions that did not worry holidaymakers included anniversaries, important to just 7% of respondents, while only 4% said office appointments were a major factor. Almost 60% of the 1,428 respondents admitted to going on holiday to avoid an event. Of these, almost 25% said being overseas was better than attending a work commitment, although this may not be a smart idea if a cancellation is needed, which may not be covered by travel insurance.

Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Clarkson said: "When booking a holiday, you're going to make sure you plan it for dates when you're not going to miss out on events at home. I must say, making sure you're not around when something big or unpleasant is happening at work is very clever, but not very responsible."

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