Friday 13th ‘gets to travellers’

If you’re someone who made plans to avoid doing something today (Friday, February 13th) for superstitious reasons, then you’ll probably sympathise with the subjects of a new poll.

Timed to coincide with today’s creepy date, TripAdvisor carried out a survey to find out to what extent superstitions affect British holidaymakers – and the findings may surprise you.

A quarter of people revealed that they would feel more anxious about going on holiday on Friday 13th than they would at any other time, while 11 per cent said they always avoid seats on row 13 of an aircraft.

Some 15 per cent of people said they carry a lucky charm such as a four leaf clover or piece of jewellery in order to alleviate their anxiety.

However, eight per cent said they have changed their holiday plans in order to avoid having to go on a plane on Friday 13th.

Luke Fredberg, TripAdvisor spokesperson, said: “It seems that many centuries-old superstitions continue to impact on a significant number of travellers today.”

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.

However, perhaps it may not be entirely unfounded – a 1993 study in the British Medical Journal stated that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday the 13th when compared with other dates.

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