1 in 3 Irish people make room in their luggage for their own tea and coffee when travelling abroad

  • Bank of Ireland Travel Truths Survey shows that electronic tablets and books are most important for almost 60% of Irish travellers this summer
  • Irish travellers miss family and pets most whilst away on holiday
  • Advice to holiday makers this summer is to remember to take out travel insurance

A new survey – the Bank of Ireland Travel Truths Survey – has found that while the majority of Irish tourists travelling abroad (56%) are concerned about making room in their luggage for books, iPad’s and kindles, we are still a nation who love our home comforts with 33% saying they were mostly concerned about making room for their favourite tea and coffee brand.

The survey has found that there is no place like home, with 7 in 10 respondents admitting they missed their own bed most when abroad. And, while 57% said they missed family members when they were away, Irish people are more eager to see their pets than their friends with 37% saying they missed their furry companions the most.

When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, the survey revealed that majority of Irish people classified themselves as either ‘culture vultures’ or ‘outdoorsy’ tourists looking for destinations with a rich cultural heritage and an array of outdoor activities. Perhaps as a result of the often wet and windy weather at home, 20% of respondents said they were looking forward to relaxing in the sunshine this year and classified themselves as ‘sun worshippers’. Only 3% said they were ‘clubbers’ who were looking for a destination with an exciting nightlife.

But travelling abroad for culture, clubs, sun, sea and sand doesn’t come without some negatives. Unsurprisingly, the majority of Irish people (29%) said the single worst part of travelling was flight delays, accommodation not living up to expectations (13%), and lost luggage (12%) also cited as annoyances.

Eamon Slevin, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Insurance Services, has urged holiday makers to remember the importance of travel insurance:

“Checking your travel insurance should be an essential part of your holiday preparation. One of the most convenient options for customers is annual multi-trip insurance which covers you for all your travel for the year. Bank of Ireland offers a range of travel insurance products, available in a few clicks through our website, including comprehensive medical benefits in addition to cover for flights and luggage.

“Travel insurance can prevent a dream holiday turning into a nightmare. We always recommend that customers take out travel insurance as soon as they book and pay for either their flights or accommodation, and customers can opt for different levels of cover – gold, silver and bronze – depending on what they need (and how many tea bags they decide to pack!).”

For more information on Bank of Ireland travel insurance visit https://personalbanking.bankofireland.com/insure-and-protect/insurance/travel-insurance/

The survey was compiled by RedC and looked at the views of 1,033 male and female adults across Ireland aged 18+

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