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Working holidays: one in three Brits plan to make travel a full-time career

Half of Brits admit to blowing their holiday budget. Photo: Sai Kiran Anagani/Unsplash

Nearly half of Britons plan to quit their job on return from their summer holiday, research suggests.

In a survey of 2,000 UK employees by web developers Wix, 49% said they plan to quit their job in September, marking it as one of the top months for job-quitting in the UK, alongside January – based on the survey sample.

With technology more accessible and travel more affordable, one in three Brits plan to leave in their day job to make travel a full-time vocation – by starting their own businesses online.

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Seven in 10 (69%) Brits dread returning to their current job, with 54% thinking they would be happier working for themselves.

Two in five (42%) Brits want more flexible working hours, and a quarter (27%) dream of location independence. The US, Australia and New Zealand were named as the top three countries where Brits want to work, followed by Canada and Spain.

Meanwhile, Korea, Russia and Venezuela were at bottom of the travel and work wish list.

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Top industries Brits want to start businesses in include hospitality (10%), accounting and finance (9%), travel writing (8%), design (8%), followed by art and photography (7%).

The research also found 12% of Brits have extended their holiday while away, while 9% have purposely missed a flight to stay longer, and 10% have hidden their social media posts to prevent their bosses knowing that they are still away!

Low morale at work

It isn’t just the sun and new cultures enticing Brits to quit their jobs, but low morale in their current roles.

Being undervalued (39%), underpaid (37%), and poor management (31%) are the top reasons Brits are preparing to quit.

A third of Brits (34%) who have recently left their jobs said it was because they didn’t like their boss or had issues with colleagues.

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Matt Rosenberg at Wix said: “Understandably, people on holiday tend to reflect on their professional paths.

“Many people have hopes to combine the freedom of leisure time with the benefits of working for themselves.

“The life of a digital nomad allows individuals to travel and work remotely while doing something they are passionate about.”