Apparently, UK Residents Like Taking Video Game Consoles on Holiday

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Here’s a weird piece of gaming-related news for you coming from the gloomy, wet plains of the UK. Apparently, residents of the United Kingdom like to take their video game consoles on holiday with them.

Compare the Market, a UK-based comparison company that allows users to compare insurance prices for various types of insurance, ran a study looking at who takes their video game consoles on holiday with them. The company, well-known for its cute meerkat mascots, have found that 29% of people aged 18-34 would rather take their consoles on holiday rather than, I don’t know, experiencing the sights and sounds of a new area?

The statistics do drop as the age range increases though, with only 16% of 35-44 year olds taking their video game console with them, 3% of 45-54-year-olds, 0% of 55-64-year-olds, and 1% of anyone aged 65 or over.

It seems that 15% of Londoners seem to want to take their consoles on holiday, and the study found that it’s men who would be the ones to take a handheld console or home gaming console abroad rather than females. I imagine that the introduction of the Nintendo Switch has only helped increase these statistics, finding players no doubt booting up The Witcher 3 while in the mountains of Zurich.

In addition to the study, Compare the Market also offered some tips for those traveling with their Xbox or PS4. This does seem to exclude the Nintendo Switch though. Here’s the list.

  1. Pack your console in a waterproof padded bag and be careful moving around the airport. Any violent shock can cause damage to the device, so avoid collisions with objects, your own legs and others.
  2. It’s best to take your console with you as a carry-on rather than check-in luggage. You can control how’s it being handled and the only time you need to take it out is when you are passing through airport security much like a laptop.
  3. Check with the local customs to know exactly what documents you need to bring. Most likely you will just need your serial number which you should pack with your console but it’s better to ask as every nation has its own formalities.
  4. If possible, it’s a good idea to carry a copy of your proof of purchase to avoid claims that you purchased it at your destination when you go through customs on your return trip.
  5. Contact your airline for luggage restrictions. Although electronics are allowed onboard aircraft, you may run into trouble with your airline size regulations.
  6. Ensure your console. In case damage happens to your console, it’s best to have it protected. Always check the small print as your insurance provider may not cover consoles during overseas travel.

So there you have it, us younger UK folk seem to like to take our consoles on holiday with us. Personally I wouldn’t even take my Switch with me because it’s all about enjoying a new location and getting away. But it’s nice to know that if I wanted to take my gaming PC with me to a villa in Spain I wouldn’t be entirely alone.

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Ben Bayliss

Based in the UK and adores venturing through FPS horrors and taking photos in pretty much anything with a functioning photo mode. Also likes car games.

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