Holidays are a top priority for Brits

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

With the rain, snow and the fast pace of life, it is no wonder Brits need a break to get away from it all.

compare travel cardsA poll has found that a whopping 92% of the 1,000 adults surveyed are planning to take a minimum of one break in 2013, Travel Weekly reports.

Holidays are high on Brits’ list of priorities: more than 70% said they were more important than the acquisition of new gadgets such as a smartphone, iPad or Xbox, a new TV and dining out.

Unsurprisingly, rain-soaked Brits are jetting off to foreign climes, with the number of UK-based searches for Monastir in Tunisia up by 490% in 2012 compared to 2011.

However, with 40% saying that their holiday destination was based on their budget, many are opting to stay on home soil and take a ‘staycation’.

In fact, nearly three quarters of those surveyed took their last holiday in the UK or Europe, choosing to stay closer to home to keep costs down.

The research reveals that Brits are increasingly budget-conscious amid the sluggish economy, and strive to ensure that value for money is factored into their holidays.

To keep overall holiday costs to a minimum, it is worth comparing the market in advance when it comes to buying your travel money rather than leaving it to the last minute and falling victim to the expensive airport rates.

Holidays for January 2013

Detox holidays are likely to be popular this January, as people kick start their health and fitness regimes for the New Year.

Don’t let the cold put you off the Blue Lagoon spa in Reykjavik, Iceland. The cerulean blue of the water and the shimmering white snow make it an idyllic location for a spa resort, where you can feel your stress melt away in the warm, mineral-rich waters.

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