Brits 'want beaches or snow only' in winter months

26 January 2009 12:03

Brits 'want beaches or snow only' in winter months

Britons heading overseas at this time of the year are only looking for sun or snow, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

While many people are hoping to avoid the disruption at British airports and head overseas for January and the winter months, most will either be heading for sunny beaches or ski resorts, with the number of city breaks dropping notably.

Sean Tipton, spokesperson for Abta, explained: "Short city breaks aren't really that popular around Christmas. A lot of people do go to the winter markets in Germany and eastern Europe but city breaks aren't so popular at this time of year; the weather is not great.

"I'm not saying nobody does but people going away at Christmas aren't really aiming for cities, they are looking for winter sun or they want to go somewhere they can guarantee snow at Christmas."

He added that, while city breaks are more popular at New Year, with people heading off to places to party the night away, the coming months will again see things slow down.

Those heading away for ski trips are urged to make sure they have adequate travel insurance for whatever sports they get up to, while those heading to the sun should consider travel insurance as essential for any problems that may arise.

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