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Brits holidaying with overseas family members

23 January 2009 17:54

Brits holidaying with overseas family members

British holidaymakers are more likely to visit overseas family living in destinations that are close to home - such as France and Spain - rather than those in far-flung locations around the world.

That is the finding of a new survey by Alliance & Leicester International, which revealed that expats living in countries nearest to the UK generally receive the most visitors from back home.

While France topped the list, Spain and the Netherlands were tied in second. While 50 per cent of expats living in Spain and France admitted to regularly seeing their immediate family, only one in 20 of those living Down Under could claim to do so.

With the credit crunch biting hard, staying with family overseas can be a good way to reduce holiday expenses. However, travelers shouldn't scrimp on their holiday insurance, even if they are staying with family.

Simon Ripton, joint managing director of Alliance & Leicester International, commented: "A quick trip to France is a more affordable option than jetting across the world to Australia, and this is displayed in the survey findings."

Last year, France attracted nearly 82 million international tourists (more than its population), making it the most visited tourist destination in the world.