Despite the looming uncertainty of Brexit, findings from the Association of British Travel Agent’s (ABTA) ninth Holiday Habits Report shows that the number of holidays per person has risen, a continuation of a years long trend. Travel still seems to be a priority for the British public: nine in ten of the British public took a holiday abroad in 2019 despite a trend towards less holiday spending.
The British public are managing to travel more, and more frequently, with tighter and tighter budgeting. ABTA points to the growing success of the package holiday as reflective of a more cost-conscious public.
“Rather than cutting back on the number of holidays, people are looking to save money in their holiday budget in other ways,” says ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer. “Spending less before and while they’re away and changing when they book to find better deals.”
The report also found 51 per cent of UK travellers took package holidays this year. The more affordable price point, and simplicity makes package holidays a logical choice for customers during times financial uncertainty.
Despite air travel being expected to take a hit, thanks to an increasingly climate conscious public, The appetite for travel shows little sign of abating, with seven in 10 people claiming to be planning a trip overseas within the next 12 months.
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Young and vibrant, Canada’s most populous city has a lot to offer at the start of the year. Most notably, the annual January Igloofest consistently draws a world-class line up of EDM acts, including the Blaze and Boycott. If EDM is not your thing, fight the cold with smoked meat sandwiches, or poutine (chips, cheese and gravy) – both city staples.
Centuries old, bruge’s medieval and colonial structures lends the city an air of romance few cities can beat. Canal cruises and horse drawn carriages on pebbled streets give the impression of travelling back in time. Close to home, Bruge is easily accessible by train or car, with average travel times taking between three to four hours.
Beat the January Blues by visiting the world’s happiest nation. Filled with lush and vibrant landscapes, volcanoes, rainforests and gorges, Costa Rica is as far as you can get from old blighty.
Sleep inside a converted plane, visit the stone spheres of Costa Rica, over three hundred shapes assembled by a long-gone mystery civilisation or see the impossibly blue Rio Celeste watefall crashing beneath the Tenorio Volcano.
Another nice perk is that the likehood of bumping into another Brit is slim. Barely over one per cent of Britons have been. So why not be that 1.4 percent?
If the cold isn’t your thing, the Caribbean island of Barbados offers lush tropics and beach resorts that look as if lifted straight from a travel brochure. Packed with activities, you could find yourself taking part in everything from jeep safaris to submarine tours. There are countless natural attractions, including various nature reserves and gardens.