For the second year running, the USA has come out on top in a poll of the destinations British holidaymakers would most like to visit in the New Year.
With travellers able to get more for their money in the USA than in Europe, the American dream is alive and affordable for British travellers: 16% of HolidayExtras.com customers would love to fly across the pond in 2013.
As last year, Spain remains a favourite for British holidaymakers, gathering 15% of the votes, followed by Greece (8%) and Portugal (8%). The convenience of a short flight along with a hot beach or cosmopolitan city means that many travellers are planning a trip to our European neighbours for some New Year escapism.
Beaches, barbies and the Great Barrier Reef are failing to tempt Brits, with half as many people hoping to visit Australia (6%) as last year; perhaps due to the high Australian dollar as well as plans to increase visa charges for working travellers.
The two least popular holiday destinations for 2013 were budget Bulgaria (1%) and Cambodia (1%) – despite the stunning temples of Angkor and its status as a travellers’ paradise – much the same as 2012.
Andrea Clayton, Head of Insurance at HolidayExtras.com, said: “With the exception of America, long-haul doesn’t seem to be high on people’s agenda for 2013. Convenience and value for money look like the priorities.”
Notes to editors
HolidayExtras.com polled 1957 customers in October 2012.
Where would you most like to visit in 2013?
Africa – 3%
Australia – 6%
Bulgaria – 1%
Cambodia – 1%
Croatia – 4%
Egypt – 5%
France – 4%
Greece – 8%
Mexico – 6%
None of these destinations – 19%
Portugal – 8%
South America – 4%
Spain – 15%
USA – 16%
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