Are Brits going to be travelling post-lockdown?

Who will be travelling and which destinations will be avoided?

Once lockdown began in the UK, we all believed that we would lose our great British summer, full of trips across the world for a well-needed holiday. However, as the pandemic has become more under control in many parts of the world, the idea of going on holiday is no longer such an uncertain topic.

As more and more countries start to open up their borders for visitors, we’ve done some research to see if the British public are still keen on taking that holiday abroad and whether any countries are going to be avoided due to the health risks.

Quick overview

  • Over a third (36%) of Brits have no plans to travel over the next 12 months.
  • 3 million Brits (6%) will never travel again.
  • Over half (52%) of Brits plan to make travel plans over the next year.

How many Brits are planning to travel this year?

It’s clear that not everyone is set on travelling abroad in a post-corona environment, with just under 19 million Brits (36%) not planning on travelling this year, and with a further 3 million (6%) never travelling again. Of the 52% of Brits that are planning on travelling, 16% will wait till 2021 and 18% will wait a further 6 months to travel in the second half the year. This is followed by 10% who waiting until a treatment becomes readily available to combat the virus.

It is apparent that not everyone is set on going on holiday in the current state of things. We can only see if changes in government guidelines over the coming months would lead to a change of opinion, as currently, 62% of those planning on travelling will only travel to corridor destinations that do not require them to self-isolate upon their return.

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Do you think you will travel abroad at any point over the next year? Percentage
Yes 52.10%
No 35.95%
Don't know 10.90%
I've already been abroad 1.05%

Where will we be travelling to?

Of course, the pandemic is not over yet, and in some countries across the world, COVID-19 is still prevalent. In addition to this, the UK has imposed self-isolation rules for travellers returning from certain countries, which just 38% of people are happy to do. This has led to many Brits avoiding certain destinations to avoid the risk of catching something more than a tan and to avoid having to stay holed up upon their return.

Out of the 36 million Brits planning on travelling over the coming year, almost half will avoid Asia (44%), South America (43%) and Africa (43%). A smaller percentage will avoid Europe, with 22% avoiding a trip to Eastern Europe, 16% refraining from booking a trip to Western Europe and 13% staying clear of Northern Europe. From this, it is clear to see that normally popular tourist destinations are being avoided.

Country Percentage
Afghanistan 43.86%
Albania 22.46%
Algeria 43.28%
Angola 43.28%
Argentina 43.19%
Armenia 43.86%
Australia 17.18%
Austria 16.12%
Azerbaijan 43.86%
Bahrain 40.12%
Bangladesh 43.86%
Belarus 22.46%
Belgium 16.12%
Belize 42.23%
Benin 43.28%
Bhutan 43.86%
Bolivia 43.19%
Bosnia 22.46%
Botswana 43.28%
Brazil 43.19%
Brunei 43.86%
Bulgaria 22.46%
Burkina Faso 43.28%
Burma 43.28%
Burundi 43.28%
Cambodia 43.86%
Cameroon 43.28%
Canada 38.87%
Central african republic 43.28%
Chad 43.28%
Chile 43.19%
China 43.86%
Colombia 43.19%
Congo 43.28%
Congo DRC 43.28%
Costa Rica 42.23%
Cote d'Ivoire 43.28%
Croatia 22.46%
Cuba 23.13%
Czech Rep. 22.46%
Denmark 12.57%
Djibouti 43.28%
Dominican Rep. 23.13%
East Timor 43.86%
Ecuador 43.19%
Egypt 40.12%
El Salvador 42.23%
Eq. Guinea 43.28%
Eritrea 43.28%
Estonia 22.46%
Ethiopia 43.28%
Finland 12.57%
France 16.12%
French Guiana 43.19%
Gabon 43.28%
Gambia 43.28%
Georgia 43.86%
Germany 16.12%
Ghana 43.28%
Greece 22.46%
Greenland 16.12%
Guatemala 42.23%
Guinea 43.28%
Guinea Bissau 43.28%
Guyana 43.19%
Haiti 23.13%
Honduras 42.23%
Hungary 22.46%
Iceland 12.57%
India 43.86%
Indonesia 43.86%
Iran 40.12%
Iraq 40.12%
Ireland 16.12%
Israel 40.12%
Italy 16.12%
Japan 43.86%
Jordan 40.12%
Kazakhstan 43.86%
Kenya 43.28%
Kuwait 40.12%
Kyrgyzstan 43.86%
Laos 43.86%
Latvia 22.46%
Lebanon 40.12%
Liberia 43.28%
Libya 43.28%
Lithuania 22.46%
Luxembourg 16.12%
Macedonia 22.46%
Madagascar 43.28%
Malawi 43.28%
Malaysia 43.86%
Mali 43.28%
Malta 16.12%
Mauritania 43.28%
Mexico 38.87%
Moldova 22.46%
Mongolia 43.86%
Montenegro 22.46%
Morocco 43.28%
Mozambique 43.28%
Namibia 43.28%
Nepal 43.86%
Netherlands 16.12%
New Zealand 17.18%
Nicaragua 42.23%
Niger 43.28%
Nigeria 43.28%
North Korea 43.86%
Norway 12.57%
Oman 40.12%
P. New Guinea 17.18%
Pakistan 43.86%
Panama 42.23%
Paraguay 43.19%
Peru 43.19%
Philippines 43.86%
Poland 22.46%
Portugal 16.12%
Puerto Rico 23.13%
Qatar 40.12%
Romania 22.46%
Russia 22.46%
Rwanda 43.28%
Saudi Arabia 40.12%
Senegal 43.28%
Serbia 22.46%
Sierra Leone 43.28%
Slovakia 22.46%
Slovenia 22.46%
Somalia 43.28%
South africa 43.28%
South Africa 43.28%
South korea 43.86%
South sudan 43.28%
Spain 16.12%
Sri lanka 43.86%
Sudan 43.28%
Suriname 43.19%
Swaziland 43.28%
Sweden 12.57%
Switzerland 16.12%
Syria 40.12%
Taiwan 43.86%
Tajikistan 43.86%
Tanzania 43.28%
Thailand 43.86%
The Bahamas 23.13%
Togo 43.28%
Trinidad and Tobago 23.13%
Tunisia 43.28%
Turkey 40.12%
Turkmenistan 43.86%
UAE 40.12%
Uganda 43.28%
Ukraine 22.46%
United Kingdom 16.12%
United States 38.87%
Uruguay 43.19%
Uzbekistan 43.86%
Venezuela 43.19%
Vietnam 43.86%
W. sahara 43.28%
Yemen 43.86%
Zambia 43.28%
Zimbabwe 43.28%

Generational differences

Another area to examine is how the different generations feel about travelling abroad. Only 23% of gen Z and 25% of millennials won’t be travelling over the next 12 months, as opposed to 57% of the silent generation. 36% of the silent generation have also decided to never travel internationally again.

Generation Percentage not travelling over the next 12 months
Generation Z (born after 1996) 23.31%
Millennials (born 1981-1996) 25.22%
Generation X (born 1965-1980) 40.84%
Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) 41.90%
Silent generation (born 1928-1945) 57.14%

Regional differences

A further aspect to evaluate is the regional differences. Only 27% of Londoners won’t travel over the next 12 months, as opposed to 44% of South Westerners. This is quite surprising, seeing as London was one of the worst-hit regions for COVID-19 cases.

Region Percentage not travelling over the next 12 months
South West 44.39%
Scotland 41.93%
East of England 37.91%
West Midlands 37.43%
Yorkshire and the Humber 37.03%
South East 35.97%
Northern Ireland 35.48%
East Midlands 34.92%
North East 34.89%
North West 34.57%
Wales 33.33%
London 26.64%

Travel insurance insights

Finder’s insurance expert Danny Butler gives his advice:

Danny Butler
“It’s not surprising that the pandemic has caused many Brits to change their views on travelling abroad, however those customers who are planning to do this should err on the side of caution when it comes to travel insurance. There’s a number of providers out there that currently cover emergency medical care and repatriation as a minimum (should you contract coronavirus on your trip). However, the majority of travel insurance providers do not cover cancellation due to coronavirus since it’s a “known event”.
“If you want to be adequately protected on your next trip, it’s important to have a policy that includes emergency medical treatment and repatriation as a minimum. There are a select few providers that cover cancellation as an addition – but these policies are likely to cost you significantly more. Since guidance on travel is rapidly changing, the best thing to do is contact your provider directly before taking out a policy.”

For all media enquiries, please contact

Matt Mckenna
UK communications manager
T: +44 20 8191 8806


  • Finder commissioned Onepoll over 10-14 July 2020 to carry out a nationally representative survey of adults aged 18+.
  • A total of 2,000 people were questioned throughout Great Britain, with representative quotas for gender, age and region.

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