2008 News Archive - Holidays - Holiday-happy Brits 'will ignore the crunch this Christmas'

03 11 2008

The credit crunch will not be stealing Christmas this year, as a survey released today shows that two-thirds of Brits will be ignoring their inner Scrooge to splash out on holidays abroad this festive season.

According to a survey conducted by Kayak, 60 per cent of Brits will travel abroad for Christmas, with 45 per cent opting for the sand, sea and sun of a beach holiday to beat the credit crunch blues.

Most of those going abroad will still be celebrating with their nearest and dearest, as 30 per cent said they would prefer a romantic break with their partners and 40 per cent wanted to travel with the family in tow.

Dissatisfaction with the hustle and bustle of Christmas in the UK drives the winter sun seekers, with 70 per cent of respondents saying they disliked something about the domestic Christmas experience.

Commenting on the survey Annie Wilson, business development director of Kayak said: "Christmas is still a traditional time to be with family, but we're seeing a huge shift in how and where people are choosing to celebrate."

While the Observer reported this weekend that the weak pound was affecting the sales of holiday homes, it appears from the Kayak poll that the UK's passion for holidaying abroad remains unaffected by the threat of recession.

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