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A study of almost 800 UK consumers

More than half of consumers see medical benefits from holidays

Following research conducted on their customers, specialist travel insurance provider, PJ Hayman, reveals that 61% of consumers with pre-existing medical conditions feel that going on holiday affects their health positively. These findings were revealed as part of a study of almost 800 UK consumers which looked at the benefits of holidays for people who suffer from a range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure…

Following research conducted on their customers, specialist travel insurance provider, PJ Hayman, reveals that 61% of consumers with pre-existing medical conditions feel that going on holiday affects their health positively.

These findings were revealed as part of a study of almost 800 UK consumers which looked at the benefits of holidays for people who suffer from a range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Perceived Medical Benefits of Holidays
Of those who went on holiday, 45% said they felt less stressed and therefore healthier and 41% went on holiday for rest and relaxation which they believe helped their condition. Holidays also had attitudinal benefits as 24% felt more able to deal with their condition and 27% said it allowed them to re-evaluate their situation and concentrate on being positive.

As part of the survey, P J Hayman reviewed the benefits offered to those with a variety of conditions.  Cancer patients (78%) were most likely to believe holidays had affected them positively with over half (56%) saying it made them feel less stressed and healthier and 53% said it gave giving them chance to re-evaluate their situation and concentrate on being positive.

Well-being Benefits of Holidays
Consumers with pre-existing medical conditions went on holiday at least once a year (98%) and gained a variety of general well-being benefits. Indeed, 67% said it gave them the opportunity to spend time with family and friends which made them feel good and 45% saw it as an opportunity to relax and not think about their condition. Many people (41%) also saw this as an opportunity to fulfil an ambition to see a location they had always wanted to see.

People with cancer (66%) saw holidays as an opportunity to relax and not think about their condition while those who suffered a stroke saw holidays as a real opportunity to spend time with family and friends (67%).

Peter Hayman, Director of PJ Hayman, said: “Our research shows that people with pre-existing medical conditions consider holidays vitally important and that many believe that they have a positive effect on their condition and their mental well-being. However, this sector of the population often struggle to get travel insurance, something that is even more vital for people who have underlying medical conditions.”

Holiday Emotions
People with pre-existing medical conditions saw holidays in a similar light to the rest of the UK population with 90% saying they felt relaxed, 85% enjoying the experience and 79% feeling happy.  However, additional emotions experienced were more specific to this group with 27% feeling they had achieved something significant and cancer patients specifically feeling both elation (17%) and relief (19%).

Friends and Families Thoughts
Most people (93%) who contributed to the research travelled with companions – 39% with partner, 34% with family and 16% with friends. While the majority of friends and family were very supportive of their loved ones desire to go on holiday, 3% of partners and 3% of families were worried about the holiday. Interestingly, only 2% of doctors who were consulted about their patient going on holiday were worried.

Favourite Destinations
Spain (28%), France (10%), Greece (8%), England (8%) and Italy (7%) were the top destinations for those with pre-existing medical conditions to visit. These countries were chosen for reasons such as wanting to visit family and friends (14%), liked the climate (13%) or were returning to a favourite destination (12%). Some destinations appealed due to medical reasons such as being ‘easy to travel to’ (5%) and accessible accommodation (2%).

Peter Hayman, Director of P J Hayman, continues: “At P J Hayman, we specialise in providing cover for people who have these types of pre-existing medical conditions. We were pleased to find that the survey showed that the majority of our customers saw us as offering a good level of cover at a competitive price. We urge people who do have pre-existing medical conditions to speak to a specialist provider rather than putting their holiday dreams on hold as they can’t find cover from a standard insurer.”

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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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