A new poll from Holiday Extras has found that the US and Australia are the two most popular destinations for Brits, despite their relatively high costs.

According to the survey, 21% of people would most like to visit the US with a further 12% keen to explore Australia.

But they will find themselves counting their pennies afterwards as new figures from the Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer has found Australia to be the most expensive holiday destination and the US not far behind, with popular tourist items costing almost four times more than in the cheapest holiday destination – Sri Lanka.

A mere 1% of people surveyed by the company wanted to visit Bulgaria, making it the least popular holiday destination. However, figures show Bulgaria is one of the cheapest places to go on holiday; so ideal for those looking for a budget winter break. Some 5% of people said they would like to visit South America but they would need to choose their country carefully if they are watching the budget as holidaying in Brazil would cost nearly double that of the more southerly Argentina.

Seamus McCauley, the company's editor in chief, said: β€œIt appears that holiday travellers would prefer to follow their dreams rather than look at financial practicalities. Long haul travel seems to be most desirable for our customers at present with almost half preferring far flung destinations – it must be the dreary European winter."

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