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One in three Irish people pack their own tea and coffee when travelling abroad - survey

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Irish people like their home comforts, a new survey suggests. Stock Photo: Deposit.
Irish people like their home comforts, a new survey suggests. Stock Photo: Deposit.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

One third of Irish holidaymakers make room in their luggage for their own tea and coffee, a new survey reveals.

The UK - our most visited destination - may be famous for its tea; and Spain and Italy do stellar coffee, but we still like our creature comforts.

In a Bank of Ireland Travel Truths survey, 33pc of respondents said they were mostly concerned about packing their favourite tea and coffee brands.

Tea and coffee aren't first into our suitcases, however.

Most Irish tourists travelling abroad (56pc) make sure to pack iPads, Kindles and good, old-fashioned books before heading to the airport.

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Seven in 10 respondents also admitted missing their own bed most when abroad, with 57pc missing family members and 37pc missing their pets.

When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, a majority of Irish people classified themselves as either ‘culture vultures’ or ‘outdoorsy’ tourists looking for rich cultural heritage and an array of outdoor activities.

One in five classified themselves as ‘sun worshippers’.

Only a party-pooping 3pc, however, said they were ‘clubbers’ who were looking for a destination with an exciting nightlife on holidays.

As regards the downsides of travel, most respondents (29pc) said the worst experiences were flight delays, followed by disappointing accommodation (13pc).

Lost luggage annoyed just 12pc of those surveyed.

The survey of 1,033 people was commissioned to promote Bank of Ireland's range of travel insurance products, which are available on its website.

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