New figures released today reveal that a staggering 2.45 million* Brits will be leaving our shores and heading for abroad for the Easter break, capitalising on three days off work for an 11 day holiday. The research by travel comparison website www.travelsupermarket.com also found that Europe is by far the most popular destination, with two-thirds (76 per cent) heading to the continent.
Whilst the extended break is intended to offer Brits the opportunity to get their patriotic hats on and celebrate the once-in-a-generation wedding of a future King, many appear more interested in getting away with a further 3.43 million holidaying all around the UK.
Of those heading abroad, just a quarter of Brits (26 per cent) intend to watch the wedding live, either on television or the internet. Far more – 36 per cent – said they have no interest in watching the wedding at all.
Whilst 2.45 million Brits have already booked their break, the actual figure could be far higher as four per cent (1.96 million) intend to go on holiday, but have yet to book it. In addition a further 2.45 million Brits (five per cent), said they would consider going on holiday if they spotted a good deal.
Cressida Sergeant, travel expert from travelsupermarket.com, said: “We were expecting to see huge numbers of Brits leaving the country during this period, however, even we were surprised to see just how many will be doing so – it really is nothing short of an ‘exodus’.
“If you are one of the nearly two million Brits who intend to go away, but have not yet booked, there are still some fantastic deals out there. Spain and the Spanish Islands represent particularly good value at the moment and are in the midst of a drive to lure back the UK market.
“The best late deal offers can be found by shopping around online and using price comparison websites to check you’re getting the best deal for you.”
Cressida’s top tips to make sure you get a good deal:
1. Set yourself a maximum budget
2. Do lots of online research of your favourite holiday companies and compare on a price comparison website
3. When comparing offers and deals, focus on the final price for your holiday – how much will you pay today and how much will the deposit be? Don’t just focus on the discount message and any freebies
4. If considering a free child price ensure you get a price with both a free place and also a second quote with a child price. Sometimes ‘free’ places can cost more due to extra charges tour operators make for under occupancy
5. Beware of low deposit deals – you often have to pay the remainder of the full deposit within only a few weeks, so it is only an introductory offer from many companies as opposed to a genuine long term saving
6. When you get a price and a deal you are happy with, get it booked quickly before it goes. Prices for holidays, flights and hotels can change quickly so don’t miss out on a cracking deal