Survey finds sport dictates holiday dates

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SPORT reigns supreme when it comes to choosing times to go on holiday, according to a survey.

More than four in five holidaymakers pick dates for their trips so they do not miss events back home, the poll by travel agent found.

The things people are least keen to be away for are sporting events, the survey showed.

Birthdays and weddings were also high up the list of not-to-be-missed events for those choosing when to travel.

Only 7 per cent cared about missing an anniversary and a mere 4 per cent listed “work commitments” as a reason to avoid certain holiday dates.

In contrast, 57 per cent of the 1,428 adult holidaymakers polled said they picked a date to deliberately miss something going on back home.

Of those, nearly a quarter had decided that being abroad was better than facing “something at work”.