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Holiday Britons seek taste of home

Tea bags are the most popular item to take abroad


Tea bags are tops for British holidaymakers who want to ward off homesickness when abroad.

Biscuits and beer are also among the items UK tourists take overseas the most, a survey from Halifax Travel Insurance found.

All told, Britons fill the equivalent of 31.9 Boeing 747 jumbo jets each year with food and drink items that remind them of home.

The survey also found that, on average, Britons start longing for home nine and a half days into a 14-night break.


Holidaymakers from eastern England, Wales and the East Midlands suffer from homesickness the most, with those from north-east England the least homesick.

Half of men, but only 37 per cent of women, claim not to miss home while away, with some holidaymakers are longing to come back after just four days of a fortnightly break, the survey showed.

More than a third take British music abroad, 30 per cent take photographs of family and friends away with them and more than 8 per cent pack their own pillow.

These were the top 10 food and drink items Britons take abroad to remind them of home:

1. Tea bags

2. Biscuits

3. Cadbury’s chocolate

4. Ketchup

5. Marmite

6. Walkers crisps

7. HP sauce

8. British beer

9. Corn flakes

10.Heinz baked beans

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