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Published: 30/12/2015

As the fun of Christmas dies down and we get ready for the year ahead, New Year's Eve celebrations are on everyone's minds. Excitement is definitely mounting, but by this time next week, the January Blues will inevitably be setting in – and that's why many people are already planning their next getaway…

Keep the blues at bay

According to research from Sainsbury's Travel Insurance, 67% of respondents are planning overseas escapes next year while 75% are planning to holiday on home soil, and a particularly lucky 58% of holidaymakers intend to do both. Many are planning well in advance, too, with one in five of those surveyed expecting to book their 2016 getaway by the end of the year!

That's got to be a great way to keep the January Blues at bay – if you're lucky enough to be jetting off during the most miserable of months or simply know you'll be able to at some point in the future, it can make the grey, wintry weather seem far more bearable.

But just how much will holidaymakers spend on their travels this year? Well, on average, £846 seems to be the basic cost of a holiday per person, and that's without any add-ons or spending money. Many will be spending that cash on a city break (27%), while 13% will be looking for a beach holiday, 10% will go on a walking holiday and 8% will indulge in a spa/retreat-style break.

Early bookers

Happily, 14% of respondents said that they save all year to get the holiday they want, while 8% will pay for their break by using a credit card in order to spread the cost (hopefully, they'll be using a 0% purchase card to spread the cost without interest ramping up the price of their holiday). But there's one thing that should be at the top of any well organised traveller's list – travel insurance!

Planning your holiday in advance is all well and good, but you can only be confident that everything will go to plan if you have the right kind of travel insurance to suit. And, if you arrange it at the same time as your holiday, all you've got left to do is look forward to the break!

"A good proportion of holidaymakers are early bookers, who plan ahead and like to have something to look forward to," said Tom Thomson of Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance. "We'd encourage people to put a similar level of planning into choosing their travel insurance, as if they don't choose the right policy, they might give themselves something to regret."


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