The London Marathon and Glastonbury? The top 10 reasons Britons cancel holidays

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Who'd have thought it? People ditch holiday plans in favour of Glastonbury (Source: Getty)

A new poll has revealed why Brits cancel holidays and some of the top 10 explanations are likely to surprise you.

With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, the top couple of reasons probably won't raise eyebrows; family members passing away and a split from a loved one the most likely reason for travel plans to be ditched.

When booking a holiday, it is fairly clear whether or not a flight will be involved. Unfortunately a fear of flying is the sixth most common explanation for binned excursions.

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From there, things get somewhat bizarre.

Apparently, many people "can't be bothered to go", the poll of over 2,000 people found.

Getting tickets for the Glastonbury festival featured, while an injury sustained the London Marathon (providing a warning to those planning to participate later this month) rounded off the top 10.



1 A family bereavement
2 A split from a partner / spouse
3 Running out of cash for spending money
4 A pet bereavement
5 An argument with your travel companion
6 A fear of flying
7 Can’t be bothered to go
8 Got tickets to Glastonbury
9 The pound is too weak
10 Injury from London Marathon

Price comparison website Moneysupermarket compiled the poll and released the results on the same day the sector has come under fire for misleading customers about prices.

Of course, there was a reason for Moneysupermarket to conduct the survey. It reckons some £4.2bn is lost from uninsured holiday cancellations and urged everyone to use its website to scout out the best deal.

Read more: Hundreds of price comparison sites under fire for misleading consumers

Moneysupermarket's head of travel insurance Zena Carter said those failing to take out travel insurance were running a "big risk". And according to its data, 18-24-year-olds were most likely to run such a risk, with 36 per cent of people not taking cover.

Carter added: “Travel insurance provides cancellation cover from the moment you buy it, even if the trip itself is far in the future. However, if you haven’t got this protection, you stand to lose the cost of the holiday.

"The best option is to buy a policy when you book or take out annual travel insurance, which ensures you’re protected for a 12-month period, no matter how many trips you make."

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