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Millions of Brits have such hectic social calendars they don’t now have a free weekend until the end of June, it emerged yesterday.
Weddings, university reunions and family catch ups coupled with wedding anniversaries, weekends away and festivals mean most of us will be busy for weeks.
The report also found almost four out of ten adults who do have ‘windows’ are currently doing their best to fill them.
Furthermore, the average adult in the UK doesn’t have a free weekend for another five weeks.
One in ten is booked up until June.
One in five of those polled said important work commitments left them with no free weekends, according to the study by hotel chain Premier Inn.
A spokesman said: ”Many people no longer live where they grew up and have moved further afield for jobs and relationships.
”Therefore it’s understandable why people have so many weekends planned in advance for catching up with family and old friends.
”The UK is a relatively small country and it’s fairly easy to go anywhere in just a two day weekend.
”And many people will be able to relate to the stage you get to in life where your weekends are full of weddings.”
Nearly a quarter of respondents said they loved it when their diary was packed full of upcoming events – with 13 per cent saying they hate having a blank weekend with no plans scheduled.
But a house proud 19 per cent like to keep the odd weekend free to catch up on domestic chores.
The poll found that the average adult already had 3 weekends booked up in 2013 – with weddings being the main reasons.
It’s hardly surprising when 23 per cent have been sent an invitation to a wedding a YEAR before the big day.
But a super organised 15 per cent have a school or university reunion already pencilled in for next year.
Of those polled, 15 per cent said if they had a spare Saturday or Sunday free they would have to arrange plans immediately, so they don’t ‘waste’ a weekend.
In fact, 42 per cent purposely book plans a long way in advance so they have something to look forward to.
An in-demand 12 per cent of the 2,000 adults who were polled said they have to make plans at least 10 weeks in advance to ensure they could fit it in their hectic schedule.
But 31 per cent of people find themselves lying to friends about family about their weekend plans purely so they can have a weekend to themselves.
Nearly a third of adults think their weekends are so busy because they have friends and family based all over the country.
And more than half said that their circle of friends is so wide because they change jobs so frequently.
Over a quarter agreed with the fact that you get to a certain age where every weekend in the summer is booked up with a wedding.
A Premier Inn spokesman added: ”We spend the majority of our time working so it’s important to make full use of the free days we do get.”
”But the odd weekend off from socialising and tearing around the country is also good once in a while.
”It’s great that Brits are really trying making the most of their weekends, but it is also important that amidst all the socialising, people are still getting a great night’s sleep.
”A succession of heavy weekends can often leave you feeling exhausted, so it’s important to ensure wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re safe in the knowledge of some decent kip at the end of it.”
Many people no longer live where they grew up and have moved further afield for jobs and relationships so it's understandable why people have so many weekends planned in advance for catching up with family and old friends.A spokesman for Premier Inn