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Over half of Brits (55%) do not view feeling stressed as a good enough reason for taking time off work, according to new research by Holiday Cottages.

When Brits do decide to take time off work, nearly 60% said they do it just to stay at home as a third of employees said their daily commute left them feeling stressed.

The research revealed that one in three people waits over 7 months to go on a trip for longer than a week and the same amount of time to take a weekend break.

The survey of 2000 Brits looked at their working habits and social life during the week and weekends, alongside reasons we book time off work, factors affecting whether we take holiday and our spending habits while we are away.

James Morris, managing director at said: “While it is great that we are a nation of hard workers, it is important that we take time out to rejuvenate ourselves and spend time with our families so we don’t burn ourselves out.

“We hope with our Holiday Calculator the British public will be able to recognise when they need a break to refresh themselves so whatever their job is they can always perform to their full potential”.

Only going out once a week, the average Brit does not give themselves much chance to let off steam, according to the study, with a worrying 37% admitting that they do not go out with friends during the week at all.

When the weekend finally arrives, Brits would rather spend their time relaxing at home (71%) than socialising with friends (36%) or spending time doing hobbies (44%).

Women are more likely to stress over money when it comes to holidays than men, as almost 60% of females consider their financial situation the strongest influential factor when contemplating to take a holiday compared to 48% of men.

Men are also the biggest spenders on holiday as the average British male spends over £1000 on a holiday whereas women spend on average a slight more modest £989.

The research found that Brits would rather spend their time relaxing at home (71%) than socialising with friends (36%) or spending time doing hobbies (44%).

The three top holiday types are a beach holidays (31%), bity Break (16%) and a countryside retreat (10%).

When it comes to motivation, Brits are driven by their need to relax (30%) than spend time with the family (24%) when deciding to book a holiday, whilst young Brits (aged 18-24) are more motivated by desire to explore world when deciding to take a holiday.

Over 37% of respondents said that it didn’t matter what time of year it was when they took their holiday. Therefore, it could be said that you shouldn’t wait until the summer months to take your holiday and you should take it sooner to avoid stress.

TV Psychologist Jo Hemmings said : “Whatever your job and wherever you work, most people appreciate a break from routine and even if you’re tempted to think that something will go wrong while you are away or that a holiday will simply lead to even more work when you get back, everyone needs some time out, away from the daily routine, to rest, relax and de-stress.

“A break away from work, even if only for a few days, gives us a fresh perspective on our jobs and that all important life/work balance.”