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Typical Brit 'takes 3.2 holidays a year'

16 October 2015 08:10

Holidaymakers enjoy the sun on Spain's Costa del Sol

Holidaymakers enjoy the sun on Spain's Costa del Sol

The typical Briton is going on holiday more often, the results of a new survey indicate.

The poll, carried out by ABTA, implies that on average people have taken 3.2 breaks over the past 12 months, compared to the three they took last time round.

Driven by a rise in the number of holidays being taken by the UK's highest earners, the trend suggests that taking out an annual, multi-trip travel insurance policy makes more sense than ever.

Those with the most disposable income, the survey shows, have typically taken eight trips over the last year, compared to the 7.4 they took in 2011.

But people at the other end of the spectrum - the unemployed, low earners and those who rely on the state pension - are taking far fewer, if any, holidays.

Less than half (49%) in that category say they will have taken a holiday during 2015 - compared to 81% in 2011 - because of pressures on their household budgets.

The findings, which form part of ABTA's annual holiday trends report, also reveal a regional split when it comes to how many breaks people are likely to take.

People living in London pack up their suitcases more often than their counterparts in other parts of the UK, typically taking 4.4 holidays per year.

Those in the North West are not far behind, enjoying 3.5 annual breaks, with people in the West Midlands and Yorkshire taking an average of 3.1.

People in Northern Ireland, though, only go away an average of 1.8 times each year, with those in East Anglia and the South West going 2.5 times.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA's chief executive, says the holiday industry has been experiencing a steady return to growth following the worldwide economic crisis.

He says the travel industry is taking encouragement from the fact that many Britons now feel able to get away more often.

But he admits that some people are still feeling the pressure financially and are having to either reduce the number of holidays they have, or go without one altogether.

ABTA, which is holding its annual convention in Greece, surveyed just over 2,000 adults.