Long lines of holiday traffic for ferry check-in at the Port of Dover, Kent.

By Alan Jones, PA Industry Correspondent

Nearly one in five people who have been given an Easter break said it was their first holiday since the pandemic hit more than two years ago, new research shows.

A survey of 2,000 adults by the Travelodge hotel chain found that two-thirds had run away this weekend because they had had a stressful start to 2022 and wanted to escape all the gloom and negativity. Poles are dominating the news.

One-fifth said they were given an Easter break in the event that they were unable to travel at the end of the year due to rising costs.

More than two-thirds of the respondents said they are still afraid of traveling abroad because of Covid.

The survey indicated that the coast remained the most popular choice for a holiday, particularly in areas such as Cornwall, Blackpool, Devon, Brighton, East Sussex and Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Travelodge’s Shakila Ahmed said: “Our latest Travel Index shows stays will rebound in 2022, which is great news for the UK’s hospitality sector.”

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