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Brits 'holidaying at home'

01 June 2009 07:07

Brits 'holidaying at home'

A high proportion of Brits may be looking at travel insurance options for holidays in the UK, after the AA revealed a record number of drivers have used its online route planner recently.

In the run up to the bank holiday weekend, journey enquiries were up by 11 per cent year on year, the company revealed.

One reason for the trend may be the recession, with people looking to cut travel costs, according to the automobile specialist.

"A mix of fine weather and lingering economic clouds appears to have lured holidaymakers onto Britain's roads as growing numbers shun more exotic climes for trips at home," explained AA spokesman Dave Arnold.

With positive forecasts for a hot summer, Mr Arnold predicted more drivers would take a trip in the UK over the next few months.

The seaside town of Brighton saw the most searches last week, with 40,000 motorists heading south.

Meanwhile, Blackpool (20,000), Edinburgh (18,000) and Bournemouth (17,000) were also popular destinations.

Last week, Marks & Spencer urged Brits travelling abroad for last night's Champions League Final to make sure they did not get ripped off when buying foreign currency.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19192031-ADNFCR

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

At World First we offer specialist policies for holidays in the UK. Our cover includes cancellation and curtailment and premiums are calculated on the cost of the holiday. There is no policy excess on our UK cover either.