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Britons prefer to head to hotels at Christmas

26 January 2009 12:09

Britons prefer to head to hotels at Christmas

The majority of Britons would prefer to skip the washing up and meeting the family to spend Christmas in a hotel, according to a new survey.

As many as 75 per cent of Britons claimed they would prefer to stay in a hotel for Christmas than stay with relatives, according to a poll from travel information firm TripAdvisor.

And with thousands hoping to quit the UK entirely for the festive period, the survey found that the Caribbean topped a list of holiday escapes, followed by Hawaii and Paris.

Almost one in three added that the stress of Christmas could be alleviated by travelling away, although many felt that travelling itself was the stressful part.

"The holidays are for spending time with family, but it appears many travellers want that quality time in moderation," said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

"It is interesting that travel was the second most stressful holiday activity, yet almost one third of those surveyed said the best way to alleviate holiday stress is to take a trip," she added.

Those hoping to head away but stay stress free are urged to make sure they have travel insurance to cover themselves and their Christmas gifts while overseas.