More Brits seek to discover the real America

25 February 2010 08:53

More Brits seek to discover the real America

A growing number of British people are abandoning traditional holiday destinations in favour of jetting off to explore the wild, sprawling beauty of the USA.

Figures from Sunshine.co.uk show that American holidays have seen the third biggest growth in popularity among Brits in recent times, second only to Egypt and Greece.

American holidays are therefore the most sought-after long haul trips, with travellers aiming to go there for a wide variety of reasons - in fact, 48 per cent said their main ambition is simply to see a celebrity across the pond!

However, Stella Clery-Ackland, UK representative of the United States Travel Association, said there is more to a US trip - or should we say vacation - than this.

She pointed out that more and more people now want an experience on their holiday instead of simply a fortnight lounging by a pool - and they know that the US can provide fun in spades.

"The country is attracting increased visitors seeking soft adventure, heritage and cultural experiences, plus we are seeing a lot more families taking outdoor holidays," Stella said.

With a myriad of fly-drive packages and methods of transport including camper vans, Cadillacs and Harleys, there is no end to the variation of things to do and places to see in the US.

However, the expert said that Utah, Texas, Missouri and the Rocky Mountain destinations are all growing in popularity alongside traditional hotspots like New York.

For anyone thinking of exploring the US, Stella recommended National Parks like Yellowstone, which represent "all that is special" about the country thanks to their "range, beauty and vastness".

If you're trying to organise a multi-centre trip to the US, then you could add a stop-off on one of the Hawaiian Islands.

Even though many people leave them out for fear that holidaying there will cost a bomb, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Tourism Authority recently said this is not the case.

In fact, she said the state is often less costly than Australia and New Zealand.

When it comes to longer trips, don't forget to organise a travel insurance policy that will cover you for all that moving around too.

An annual policy could be better value than single trip varieties, while backpacker policies will make sure you're covered for an array of adventures.

Just give us a bell if you're not sure which you'll need.

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