Travel insurance: 'More Britons' opting for short breaks

Friday, 29 February 2008

Traditional two-week family holidays are giving way to a growing trend for shorter breaks, new research implies.

Work and finances are listed as the main contributors to people choosing shorter holidays, says Holiday Inn.

More than half (52 per cent) of respondents said their family will not be going on a two-week holiday this year and said cost is the main issue.

According to Holiday Inn, the average family goes away on four short breaks a year at a combined cost of around £1,396.44 plus travel insurance.

Nearly a quarter of parents complained about the expense of going away during school holidays and a fifth said getting time off work was a problem.

Spokesperson Chris Hale said: "Gone are the bad old days when people would save all year for their annual two week summer holiday at the busiest and most expensive period – we're much too savvy nowadays."

Thomas Cook recently reported a decline in city breaks but said skiing and beach breaks were still popular.

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