reports rise in European nanobreaks reports rise in European nanobreaks

In the wake of one of the wettest Julys on record, leading holiday booking site,, has seen a significant rise in searches for last minute short breaks, also known as nanobreaks, to many popular European destinations as cash-strapped British holidaymakers escape for some summer sun.

Paris tops the list of favourite foreign nanobreak locations for Brits, with searches up 50% year-on-year, followed by Nice (up 40%), with Berlin (25%), Rome (20%), Dublin (15%) and Valencia (10%) following close behind.*

The rise in European nanobreaks coincides with a Social Media competition currently being run by that simply asks people to tag their travel-related Twitter posts #nanobreak.

Entries can also be submitted by tagging Flickr pictures or YouTube videos, and the best entry, as judged by a panel, will win an extended nanobreak to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for two, courtesy of TAP Portugal and the Caesar Park Ipanema hotel. Three runners up will each receive a £200 voucher.

The competition, which is open to UK residents over 18, has been created to help encourage participants to take a holiday, however short, even in the current hard times.


Alison Couper, Director of Communications at said: “It is great to see the British holiday spirit alive and well despite the unexpected rain this summer and we are really enjoying reading people’s nanobreak musings on Twitter.”