02 April 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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ABTA estimates that up to 1.7 million Brits were enjoying themselves abroad over the Easter weekend.

As many as 1.7 million Brits are were expected to jet off for some fun in the sun over the Easter holidays, according to the travel association ABTA.

Spain, including the Canary and Balearic Islands, was the most popular destination overall, while warmer climes such as Egypt and Tunisia also sold well, the association reports.

Whether it’s the biting temperatures or endless snow, the freezing start to 2013 has led to a sizeable increase in last-minute getaways to sunny locations. With temperatures ranging from 19 degrees in Turkey, and up to 29 in the ‘Land of the Pharoahs’, it is not hard to see why up to 600,000 travellers were expected to depart from Heathrow alone.

Gatwick reported over 200,000 bookings, while a further 110,000 were due to fly out from Manchester.

For the urbanites looking for a short city break, the most common destination was the perennially popular Paris. Short hops to Dublin were ranked second, while Amsterdam, Rome and New York filled out the top five.

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Sarah Parkin