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Britons in post-Christmas holiday surge

26 January 2009 12:03

Britons in post-Christmas holiday surge

Almost 12 million Britons are likely to book their summer holiday between Christmas and February 2008, according to a new report.

Sainsbury's Finance has claimed that almost a quarter of these holiday bookers will be arranging their vacation the week after Christmas, with the average holidaymaker spending around £655 per person.

However, as many as 14 per cent of people booking holidays in the early winter period intend to spend over £1,000 each.

And shoppers are being reminded that, while many are splashing out on their luxury holiday, travel insurance should not be ignored.

Steve Johnson, head of travel insurance at the supermarket, said: "Travel insurance should not be ignored or accepted as merely an add-on.

"It may seem a little mundane, but it's worth remembering that shopping around for insurance is just as important as you could save yourself a considerable amount of money."

According to the survey, people in London are the most likely to book a holiday over the post-Christmas period, while those in Scotland are the least likely.