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We love heading off abroad but...1.3m of us are set to lose out on holiday allowance in 2013

For many Brits their annual leave is as safely guarded as their most prized possessions, and many are keen to make the most of their 20 days of holiday with frequent city breaks, weeks in the sun or simply a few days spent at home getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

However, new research has revealed that scores of Brits are failing to maximise the benefits that come with a few weeks spent away from the office, with research revealing that a staggering 1.3 million Brits are set to lose out on any annual holiday they have remaining this year. Research conducted by TravelSupermarket revealed that 6.4 million of annual leave days have not been taken, meaning that countless opportunities have been missed to head to foreign shores to sample new sights and sounds.

On average Brits have clocked up an average of five unused holidays in 2013. However, far from this figure reflecting the fact that Brits are keen to stay put in their roles, and not take a break, further figures from the research have shown that it’s hard for Brits to secure annual leave at certain times of the year.

Those workers who have had visions of attending Christmas markets in Germany, Italy and beyond may have to put their plans on hold as 33% of survey participants revealed that it is hard to secure holiday allowance between Christmas and New Year. Those planning to head away as a family also face an uphill struggle according to the research, with 19% finding school half-term weeks the hardest time to get away.

Commenting on the figures, Samuel Tombs, UK economist at Capital Economics, argued that remaining chained to our desks isn’t good for productivity. What better license do we need to push for our annual holiday allowance? He said: “On the face of it, employers seem to be getting five extra days of work out of their employees for free, which could equate to a two per cent boost to production in the economy. “However, this scenario could prove counterproductive - if the UK’s workers don’t take their full holiday entitlement they’re going to be less productive and no one benefits from the situation.”

Did you manage to escape the 9 to 5 this year? If so did which destinations did you take out your travel insurance for and when?

Date Created: 31 October 2013

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