More British plan holidays abroad this year in spite of the grim economy, a survey by a discount travel site has revealed.
However, they will still look for ways to save on their travel needs, said the study commissioned by Hotwire. As many as 75% of those surveyed were not put off by the gloomy economic predictions for 2012 and, indeed, said they meant to continue travelling.
Almost a fifth of Britons (18%) spending more on travel this year saved up last year for a holiday in 2012. But the average spending of holidaymakers from the UK will be down 4% from £2,009, to £1,920 per household.
The millions of holidaymakers will fly out from a host of sites including Stansted Airport and Luton Airport.
Travel deals will be searched out by 30% more of holidaying Britons than in the past, while 18% plan their choice on price, not the travel brand. Meanwhile, 14% will travel in the UK rather than overseas.
Hotwire found that 955,092 more Britons plan trips this year – amounting to 75% of the adult population. The corresponding figure for last year was 73% – but the average spend will be slightly less this year.
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