The holiday helpers we miss the most
It’s time to start looking to brighter days ahead.
As restrictions ease, we can start to imagine a new, post-vaccination world. While things may look a little different, a few things will remain the same. Here at Expedia, we’d like to think we are picking up where we left off to be the “helping hand” and travel companion to globe trotters everywhere.
In our new Travel Companions report, nearly half of Brits say they feel stressed about the thought of booking an international trip once again. And, a fifth of British travellers also said they need more of a helping hand when booking a trip today than they would’ve pre-pandemic.
Over a third of respondents said they recognise and are grateful for their holiday “helping hands” that helped them before the pandemic and who will be there to help them again future travels. Who are these “helping hands?” They are the epic travel companions that guide travellers to the best options available and support them at every stage of a trip.
So, as people start to dream about, plan, and book their next trip, we want to remind people they are not alone. We’ve highlighted Brits’ most-missed helping hands below to help celebrate their actions and to remind people of what they can experience when they feel travel is right for them.
### The UK’s most-missed travel “Helping Hands”
#### The hotel staff
All hail the hotel staff, who took the top spot as Brits’ most valued holiday helpers. There to help everything run smoothly, they’re the hotel heroes that do everything from changing your sheets, restocking your mini-bar, or even bringing you breakfast in bed. For a stand-out stay, filter your accommodation to see Expedia’s VIP Access hotels, which are best-rated for exceptional service all year-round.
#### The travel agency
Whether you want a quiet country escape, an all-inclusive treat or a far-flung adventure, the travel agency is with you every step of the way. It’s the ultimate travel companion-according to a fifth of Brits. The place to go for inspiration during the dreaming stage, a whole host of amazing booking options, during-trip care and importantly, extra reassurance.
#### The front desk
A warm welcome goes a long way in letting people know work time is over and fun time is just beginning. That and the hotel front desk workers can help you with their local insights that never fail to impress. But, if you can’t wait until check-in to find out more, you can check your hotel’s amenities with Expedia’s handy Virtual Agent tool. Just click “Help” on your homepage to see it all.
#### The travel app
It’s time to open your favourite travel apps again! You know, those apps that help you plan, update, or change on the go and keep your booking details, hotel availability, and check-in satisfaction all handy. Need a new one to download? Go for the Expedia’s app, which even offers extra Rewards points on all eligible purchases.
#### The tour guide
Brits miss that special someone that can guide you through the sights on your trip. You know, the ones who are clued in on history and culture who never, ever need to open a map to know where they’re going. Depending on where you’re headed, you can book group or private/custom tours on Expedia. You can also filter for family-friendly tours or ones recommended by local experts to ensure your experience is tailored to your needs.
###### Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions-please check government advisories before scheduling trips.
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