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It’s time for some winter sun

It’s time for some winter sun

Category: Travel insurance

Updated: 01/12/2014
First Published: 01/12/2014

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Are you planning a winter getaway? If so, you're not alone. Millions of people are set to take the plunge in the next few months and, unsurprisingly, winter sun is the most popular choice of break, with many of us longing to escape the cold weather and head to sunnier climes.

Beat the winter blues

Research from travel association ABTA found that 43% of those planning a winter break will be seeking some winter sunshine, while a city break – the most popular year-round holiday – takes second place with 35% planning a trip of this kind. A further 18% will make the most of the winter with a ski or snowboarding trip, while 3% are still undecided.

But just where will people be heading? Well, top destinations for a winter sun holiday include The Canary Islands – where temperatures are still in the early twenties – Tunisia and Morocco, while Antigua, Mexico, the Maldives and Thailand are the preferred destinations for a long-haul break.

City breaks, meanwhile, often incorporate a trip to a Christmas market, making destinations like Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Frankfurt all popular choices. Of course, some people stay closer to home to get the Christmas market experience, with places like London, Edinburgh and Birmingham being ideal. Resorts in France, Italy and Austria take the top spot of those seeking a winter sports holiday, but emerging ski destinations in Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria and also growing in popularity.

It may not come as such a surprise to know that winter sports holidays are most popular with younger travellers, with 39% of those aged 16-24 panning to take one – double the general population. Overall, however, people aged 25-34 are the most likely to take a winter holiday with 27% planning to take the plunge, followed by people over 65 (24%).

Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, commented: "During the winter months, an incredible range of holidays are available to British holidaymakers so it's no wonder that so many people will choose to take advantage of this and plan a winter break. We've seen a small increase in the number of people taking three or more holidays a year and it looks like lots of these people will be heading away this winter."

Be prepared

It's no wonder that so many people want to get away from it all at this time of year – you only need to look outside to realise why winter breaks are so popular. But, no matter where you're going, how old you are or what type of activities you want to get involved in, there's one thing you absolutely must do before you head off – get suitable travel insurance. It can give you valuable peace of mind and can protect your finances from anything unexpected, so use our search tool to get started.

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