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Winter sun to cost Brits £8bn

26 September 2008 15:09

Winter sun to cost Brits £8bn

Over 15 million Britons are planning on holidaying in warmer climates this winter, research has discovered.

The cost of this mass exodus is expected to reach £8 billion, according to Abbey, with over a million people leaving the country for the first time in three years.

European sunspots such as Spain and the Canary Islands top the list dream of destinations, while exotic locations in Africa and Asia are also popular choices.

Callum Gibson, head of Abbey credit cards, said: "Clearly many Britons are in need of escaping our gloomy weather and heading overseas.

"If you are heading abroad this winter then it's important to consider how you can make your money work harder."

One way of making money "work harder" is to choose a travel insurance policy best suited to your needs while travelling.

The Post Office announced earlier this month that the European destinations were still very popular with tourists, despite the current resilience in the euro's value.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18797267-ADNFCR