London - Forget unpacking or feeding the cat, research has revealed that putting the kettle on is the first thing Britons do when they get home from holiday.
More than a fifth of those surveyed said having a cup of tea was their top priority when they walked in the door, with 19 percent opting for “opening doors and windows”.
Checking the mail was the first thing 15 percent of respondents did, while 12 percent agreed that unloading the car and getting the suitcases indoors was the most important thing.
One holidaymaker said: “I’m always desperate for a cup of tea when I get home, especially if we’ve been abroad for a couple of weeks.
“Nothing beats a good strong cuppa and you can never get a decent cup when you’re away.”
Another said: “The house always feels really stuffy when we get back off holiday. First job for me is to get all the windows and doors open, and then start unloading the car. While I’m doing that, my wife puts the kettle on.”
A spokesperson for website NetVoucherCodes, which commissioned the survey, said: “We Brits are a predictable lot.
“We’re known as a nation of tea drinkers so a cuppa to mark getting home is a must for many.
“Unloading the car is one of those jobs which is a real bind, but once that and the unpacking is done, it’s time to sit back and remember the great holiday you’ve just had.”
Of the 520 people questioned, 10 percent check phone messages first, with eight percent calling for the cat and another eight percent putting the hot water and heating on. Coming in at eighth place were the four percent who phone their mum, while propping up the bottom of the poll were the two percent who switch the telly on and the one percent who check the garden. - Daily Mail