Millions of Brits to take a Christmas holiday this year

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Millions of people are expected to go away over Christmas and New Year this year, as Brits seek out a White Christmas or a sunny festive break.

Travel Association ABTA has revealed that there is set to be an increase in Christmas holidaymakers this year.

Between 16th December and 3rd January there is expected to be around 4.25 million people going on holiday – up from just below 4 million in the same period 12 months ago. The peak travel days are expected to be 22nd and 23rd December.

Many festive travellers will be heading to the slopes for a white Christmas. And despite a slow start to the ski season, many resorts are now fully operational.

But sunny destinations are also proving popular, with thousands heading for places like the Canary Islands, Cuba and Mexico.

“Christmas and the New Year are amongst the busiest times of the year for the travel industry and I am delighted that millions of our customers are taking advantage of time off,” said Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive.

“With all the doom and gloom of the economy it looks like people are keen to escape for a break, whether they are visiting friends and family or looking to enjoy winter sun or guaranteed snow.”

When it comes to ski holidays, research has found that many Brits are finding new ways to keep costs down.

Research from Sainsbury’s Travel Money has found that almost three quarters of Brits going on ski holidays are intending to spend less this year.

It was found that 28% will cut costs by bringing a packed lunch on to the mountain, rather than eat in restaurants, and 26% will stay in cheaper accommodation.

If you are going away this winter, on any type of holiday, travel money cards are a good way to save money by avoiding expensive bank charges and foreign ATM charges.

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