Brits travelling 'closer to home'

29 April 2009 06:47

Brits travelling 'closer to home'

British consumers are increasingly travelling to European destinations closer to home, reducing the overall cost of their travel insurance.

That is according to the travel website, which has revealed that seven out of the top ten destinations on its Travel Hotspots Barometer are occupied by destinations under a three-hour flight away.

In March, the Channel Islands topped the travel firm's chart, with Edinburgh, London, Krakow and Dubai all making the top ten.

Jonathan Cudworth, head of product marketing at, explained that these locations deliver "short-haul budget breaks", which necessitate travel insurance.

He said: "While holidays are still incredibly important to travellers, people are becoming increasingly savvy and are willing to make sacrifices to still be able to take a break in 2009."

Similar results were found by On the Beach in a survey carried out last week, which disclosed that travellers are cutting down the costs of their holidays by any means necessary.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19128678-ADNFCR

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Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says:

There has been an increase this year in travellers deciding to stay at home in the UK and try a domestic break, but those holidaymakers are still advised to buy holiday cancellation insurance in case of illness forces them to either cancel or cut short their trip. We offer a specialist policy for holidays in the UK and Channel islands.