The Christmas getaway

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It seems early to me but apparently tomorrow will be the busiest day for people travelling abroad for Christmas according to ABTA. Meanwhile the RAC suggests that the Christmas rush on our roads will start today when people finish work.

a beach in the Canary islands
The Canary Isles – as usual, one of the most popular destinations for Britons this Christmas

Judging by the drop in e-mails that I have received I would say that some offices have closed already!

ABTA says that five million of us will be travelling abroad over the Christmas holiday period. It says that the popular places are the Canary Islands, (that will surprise no-one,) Cape Verde, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt with last minute deals still around for the Algarve in Portugal and mainland Spain.

For more traditional, snowy destinations, ABTA says that Geneva is expected to be popular, while Budapest and Barcelona are other winter destinations which are selling well this year. Popular New Year’s Eve breaks include the cities of Amsterdam, Dublin and Berlin whilst domestically London and Edinburgh continue to lead the way. 

It is only to be expected though, that airports will be very busy so allow some extra time both to get there and to get through check-in and security.

564,000 are set to depart from Stansted, 395,000 from Luton, about 550,000 from Manchester, 150,000 from Bristol and 80,000 from Newcastle International. Gatwick Airport will be very busy and Heathrow is anticipating record numbers departing over the festive period too. 146,000 will travel through Glasgow, 50,000 from London Southend, 37,000 from Cardiff and 35,000 from East Midlands.

For the UK, ABTA says that Eastbourne, the Lake District and Llandudno have sold well, as well as breaks in the South West of England.  

Visit England says that 14.5 million Brits are definitely planning an overnight trip in the UK during Christmas and New Year which, it says, will bring an estimated £2.9 billion boost to the economyThis is up by about 1.1 million over last year.

It doesn’t say where in England people might be going but says some of the popular things that will be done include going out for a meal (45%), shopping at post-Christmas sales (38%) and visiting a Christmas market (34%). Almost one in four people (24%) will participate in outdoor activities such as walking or cycling. 

That last suggestion sounds a bit too vigorous for me. Panto and a meal out will probably be the limit of my outdoor endeavours!

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