For us Brits it seems going on holiday means choosing between the beach and the city.New research by ABTA, released this month, found that 44% of us are considering taking a beach holiday next year and 43% a city break.
This follows a trend whereby 41% of Brits took a beach holiday in the 12 months to August 2013 and 41% took a city break, making them most popular choices for our nation by a long shot.With our disappointing summers and freezing winters, it’s no wonder that so many of us are driven in search of sunny beaches.
All inclusive options
And there’s a positive outlook for the package holiday too; 15% of Brits said they had taken an all inclusive holiday in the same period, with one in five (21%) saying they may take one in 2014. This demand for the indulgence of all-inclusive deals is reflecting our love for hassle-free and more luxuriousholidays. Some 65% of people chose to book this way to have ‘everything taken care of’, and 33% of respondents said the company’s reputation was an important factor when booking.
Club Med is considered the original provider of the All Inclusive holiday, and are known for their exotic locations across the world. Their packages send holidaymakers to the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and everywhere in between. They have also become well known for their package ski holidays to the Alps where they cater for whole families.They take care of ski tuitionas well as childcare and activities,which makes the process oforganising the holiday simple.
But, where are our favourite spots overall? For a city break, we love to take a trip to Paris or Barcelona, which take the first and second spots in our top five list of popular destinations. Our next favourite is Dublin, before Rome and New York.
And overall, the most popular destinations for any type of holiday are Spain and France, with 9.8million and 6.2million British visitors respectively. Some of us prefer to venture further afield though – Turkey, Greece and Portugal had over one million visitors, and Italy and the USA had closer to two million visitors.
Let’s not forget how fond we are of winter holidays too; there has been a boost in snow sports holidays since last year. 15% of those taking a winter break were planning on opting for winter sports, which shows a 10% increase on last year.