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Winter holidays 'growing in popularity'

22 January 2016 08:46

Barcelona is a popular destination for city breaks

Barcelona is a popular destination for city breaks

Winter holidays continue to be a major focus for Britons as the cold spell of January weather continues.

Well over three quarters (83%) of those surveyed say they have either already booked a holiday or are planning to book one.

Last month was the wettest December on record and January has seen temperatures plunge and snow falling in many parts of the country for the first time this winter, prompting some to seek a holiday in the sun.

'One in three want winter sun'

More than a third (39%) of the people questioned say they have either already enjoyed or are planning to book a beach holiday abroad this winter.

Almost as many (35%), meanwhile, are planning to head abroad for a winter city break.

And although they plan to stay a bit closer to home, a further 34% are planning to cheer themselves up with a break in the UK.

But even if those breaks are not booked until just before they leave, holidaymakers can still be fully covered if they snap up a last minute travel insurance policy.

The survey suggests that most people will fund the travel and accommodation - typically costing just over £1,200 - through a combination of their income, savings and credit card payments.

An average of a further £286 is set to be spent before they set off on clothes, parking and booking trips while they are away.

While abroad, the study indicates that two thirds of holidaymakers are likely to rely on foreign currency for their purchases with nearly one in three (31%) preferring to use a credit card.

'More travellers relying on plastic'

Hannah Maundrell, editor-in-chief at financial site, says an increasing number of holidaymakers are now using their credit cards instead of relying on foreign currency or travellers' cheques.

Richard Whatmough is the director of marketing and digital at MBNA, the firm which has carried out the survey of more than 2,000 people. He says the findings highlight the large proportion of people who want to leave behind the winter weather by taking a holiday.