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Nine out of 10 holidaymakers look at online consumer reviews before booking their holiday

Minority write most travel reviews

Exclusive research for Travel Weekly has revealed the importance of online consumer reviews in helping people make decisions about where they go on holiday. Carried out by Explore Research, the survey of 500 UK adults found that nine out of 10 holidaymakers go on the internet to look up consumer reviews before deciding on a destination.

UK tourists travelling overseas spent 3% more in the first 11 months of 2012 than they did a year earlier

Tourists spent more abroad in 2012

UK travellers abroad spent a total of £30.9 billion from January to November 2012, which was 3% more than they spent in the first 11 months of 2011. The Office for National Statistics also reported that UK residents made 3.37 million trips abroad in November 2012 and spent £1.86 billion.

Deciding what to take with you on a family holiday can be difficult

Holiday packing just became easier

Packing for the family holiday could soon become easier thanks to a new infographic feature created by Center Parcs. The service recommends what to take with you based on an ideal getaway, offering perplexed parents some respite.

Passengers stranded at Heathrow Airport after bad weather saw flights cancelled

ATOL 'a must' for holiday bookings

Before spending hard-earned money on a holiday, travellers should make sure the company they book through is covered by ATOL protection. As winter takes hold in the UK, Brits are said to be planning their escapes abroad in a bid to grab some much wanted sunshine. However, the UK's Civil Aviation Authority warns holidaymakers could potentially lose thousands of pounds by not checking if their travel agent is ATOL-registered.

Channel Tunnel services have hit record levels over Christmas and New Year

Eurotunnel proves friendly to pets

More than 1,000 cats and dogs hot-pawed it back to the UK via the Channel Tunnel on Sunday after trips to the continent, smashing the previous three-day record for the service, according to local reports. Kent Online reported that the Eurotunnel's previous best came on January 3 when the 'Le Shuttle' service carried a total of 926 pets.

More mums are taking responsibility for booking summer holidays, research has shown

More mums 'take charge of holidays'

More mums are responsible for sorting out family holidays, research from Asda has shown. A total of 51% of those asked took care of booking the annual break for their household, while only 9% shared the burden with their partners and only 25% of husbands or significant others took charge themselves. Similar studies from a generation ago also show significant changes in the domestic landscape, with only 36% of mums taking charge of family breaks in the past.

As many as 21 per cent of holidaymakers are booking trips during work time

Workers planning trips 'on the job'

A new survey by travel agent has revealed more than one in five people book their overseas trip at work, with people spending as many as two hours of their company's time on arranging their holiday.

Travelodge hotel in Uxbridge as the Budget hotel chain revealed a list of items left behind by guests in 2012. One female guest forgot her breast implants and another left a pet python behind

Monty the python in lost property

No matter how many times we look under the hotel bed or behind a cupboard, an item always manages to escape detection when packing our bags to head home. Now, a list of weird and wonderful items which holiday-makers have left behind, some on purpose no doubt, has been published.

Dozens of flights were disrupted by thick fog at Delhi airport (AP)

Thick fog causes Delhi flight chaos

Thousands of air and rail passengers were hit by cancellations, diversions and delays after Delhi was enveloped by thick fog.