Taking teabags on holiday and only knowing the words 'please' and 'thank you' in the native language are signs you are a 'Brit abroad', according to a new study. Researchers from Lyca Mobile polled the nation and revealed a host of very British holiday traits, including arriving at the airport four hours before your flight, just to be on the safe side.

Queuing is a classic British thing while texting a family member to let them know that you ‘landed safely’ is on the agenda. As a result of having boarding passes on phones, looking up local weather and finding directions to local attractions and restaurants, a third have run up a huge holiday phone bill, costing an average of £118.

James McQuillan, UK & Ireland Country Manager at Lyca Mobile, said: "When it comes to the nation’s holiday habits, it’s perhaps no surprise our research defines traits such as arriving at the airport early, queuing at the gate and texting home to say we’ve landed safely as classically British.

"But it is outrageous that, at £118, our very British holiday phone bills might now cost as much as our flights. Holidaymakers should not have to worry about connectivity coming at a cost.”

94 per cent agree that there are certain traits that are quintessentially British on holiday. When it comes to the things that Brits miss the most about the UK when away, their own pillow (44 per cent), proper tea (41 per cent), TV shows (35 per cent), bacon (24 per cent) and cheddar cheese (16 percent) are the items the nation pines most for.


  1. Arriving at the airport four hours before your flight, just to be on the safe side – 56%
  2. Packing your own tea bags – 53%
  3. Texting a family member to let them know that you ‘landed safely’ – 48%
  4. Only being able to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you in the local language – 43%
  5. Queuing patiently at the gate – 39%
  6. Having a special wallet for your holiday documents – 38%
  7. Feeling nervous going through security – 33%
  8. Packing two weeks before the trip – 32%
  9. Apologising profusely to the passenger next to you when you need the loo – 30%
  10. Enjoying a full English at the airport – 27%
  11. Declaring loudly ‘feel that heat’ as soon as you step off the plane – 27%
  12. Despite wearing factor 50 you still have a burnt forehead – 25%
  13. Checking if everyone has been to the loo before boarding the plane – 25%
  14. Organising a dedicated holiday WhatsApp group – 19%
  15. The urge to get off the plane as quickly as possible – 19%
  16. Battling to find the best place to pick up your bags from the luggage belt – 18%
  17. Taking poolside selfies with the caption ‘never coming home’ – 14%
  18. Packing a jar of Marmite – 12%
  19. Being obsessed with positioning of the parasol above your lounger – 12%
  20. Ending up running for the gate every time – 11%

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