ABTA estimates that over four million passengers will be heading overseas over the Christmas and New Year period, with the peak travel days predicted to be December 18, 23, and 30 and on the weekends either side of Christmas.

The Travel Association is advising customers to leave extra time to get to the airports as the roads will be very busy and to check in advance for any travel restrictions if using public transport.

Holidaymakers are expected to be either heading off for some winter sun or to colder climates.

Winter sun lovers are heading to the Canary Islands, Morocco and the Cape Verde Islands and for those flying long haul Dubai, Mexico and Cuba.

Winter sports lovers are heading off to the continent with Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy the most popular destinations for those looking for a traditional experience in a snowy destination.

Popular for New Year’s Eve breaks are the cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, New York and Dublin, and domestically Edinburgh and London lead the way.

Millions will be leaving the country through the major airports all of which are reporting increases in passenger numbers on 2014 and hundreds of thousands of people will also travel across the English Channel by ferry or through the Channel Tunnel with many heading off on the Eurostar, with Paris their most popular destination.

Many are also taking the opportunity to take a break in the UK staying in a country cottage or a seaside resort and city breaks in London and York have also sold well as have breaks to Christmas markets around the country.

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