Winter holidays abroad are catching up on summer breaks in terms of their popularity with Brits, according to new research by, which revealed that almost as many people have a winter break planned as well on a summer holiday this year.

The company polled 2,165 people aged 18 and over from around the UK and the findings revealed that 57% of respondents had planned a sun holiday abroad that would be taken in the winter months of December, January or February.

When asked if they preferred going away in the summer or the winter, 51% of those taking part said ‘winter’, and when asked to explain why this was the case, 65% of the relevant respondents said they preferred winter holidays because it ‘makes more sense to go away when the UK weather is bad’, whilst 23% said that there were ‘cheaper deals available in winter’.

Those who preferred summer holidays did so because of ‘hotter temperatures in most holiday destinations’ (46%), followed by ‘fits in better with home schedules such as school holidays’ (27%). The top three most popular destinations for summer holidays abroad were Spain, Egypt and Tenerife and the top three winter destinations were Egypt, Tenerife and Mexico.


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