Spain is top holiday destination for Brits to make life-changing decisions


STARTING a new career, proposing to your other half and to pen a novel are among a list of life-changing decisions Brits have made while on holiday, a new study has revealed.

Researchers surveyed holiday makers and found getting away from it all eases stress for over half of Brits, leading to the average adult having made TWO major decisions while away on their holidays.

According to the study by Travel Republic, nearly half of Brits say their annual holiday is the only chance they get to reassess their life, with 55 per cent of parents using family holidays as a time to make life changing decisions.

In fact, the typical adult will spend a staggering SIX hours of their holiday dedicated to mulling over their career plans, love life and living arrangements.

A third said not having the stress of work makes it easier to think and 34 per cent said a holiday enabled them to talk to their family and friends at length.

One in five of those surveyed said their friends and family are always more likely to open up to them when they are on holiday.

To go on an extreme diet or exercise plan, move in with a partner, starting a family and getting a tattoo were other popular decisions to make when on abroad on holiday.

Other more unique decisions included, to become independent and purchase a mobility scooter, apply for a PHD and for some brave UK holidaymakers to say ‘I love you’ for the first time.

And with decisions made, the majority of respondents (95 per cent) said their life changes were the right decision.

A tactical 13 per cent of adults said they have waited until a holiday to start a difficult conversation which needed handling delicately.

More than one in twenty adults have been in such a quandary regarding an aspect of their life they booked a holiday purely to ponder what to do for the best.

Spain came top of in the list of international destinations we are most likely to reach to some major decisions, followed by the USA, Italy and Greece.

Nearly two thirds of those studied said a relaxing, beach holiday was the best type of break to contemplate life issues – although 18 per cent felt a city break was preferable.

Travel plans, the family finances and relationship issues were the lengthiest topics of conversation for the average adult when on holiday.

Some more drastic conclusions adults have to come to on holiday are to have a start a business, to take early retirement and to go on a gap year.

More creative types have decided to start a blog or write a book, and the adventurous have committed to completing a new challenge and or an extreme sport, like bungee jump or sky dive.


1. To move house
2. Renovate your house
3. To start a family
4. To start a new career
5. To go on an extreme diet or exercise plan
6. To quit your job
7. To move in with your partner
8. To resolve day to day relationship issues
9. To have another baby/grow your family
10. To get a tattoo
11. To start your own business
12. To achieve a lifelong goal or challenge
13. To leave an unhappy relationship
14. To emigrate or move to another part of the country
15. To re train in something you always wanted to be
16. To take early retirement
17. To propose to your other half
18. To resolve a long-standing family rift
19. To write a book
20. To start a blog


1. Spain
2. USA
3. Italy
4. Greece
5. France
6. Portugal
7. Thailand
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Caribbean
11. Turkey
12. Maldives
13. Mexico
14. Canada
15. Africa
16. Japan
17. Dubai
18. Switzerland
19. Ireland
20. New Zealand

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