Brits 'booking holidays to flee bad weather'
26 January 2009 11:53
Millions of people are planning to flee gloomy January weather by heading off on holiday, it has been claimed.
The Daily Mail reports that travel website LastMinute.com has seen the number of holidays booked using its site soar by 38 per cent in recent days, with overall visitor numbers up 48 per cent in the same period.
John Bevan, managing director of the firm, told the newspaper: "A miserable January, together with the return to work, have prompted many people to start planning their escape to grab some winter sun."
"Long-haul destinations such as Goa and the Gambia are proving particularly popular as people can enjoy Caribbean settings without paying the same price," he added.
High-street travel agents have also reported an increase in the number of people arranging breaks, Thomas Cook' Claire Beard telling thisisexeter.co.uk that activity has been "absolutely manic".
"We do lots of package holidays, but people are also booking places like Florida and round-the-world trips, too, not just bucket-and-spade," she explained.
While many people are in a rush to getaway, it is essential that they do not neglect taking out appropriate travel insurance, which can offer compensation should something go wrong while they are away.