Whether it is a holiday for singles or a family trip, travel-hungry Brits continue to go on holidays, as Spain and Portugal receive the highest volume of visitors.

Beach holiday

Research released earlier this week by ABTA showed that there was an 8.9% increase in the number of people going on holiday in the 12 months to August, compared to the same period in 2015.

Nine out of ten Brits (86%) chose to go on a getaway either overseas or at home, compared to the 77% in 2015.

56% of the population took a holiday abroad in the last year, up 2% on the previous year, with the rise credited to baby boomers and millennials.

The figures showed an overall increase from 3.2 holidays per person, to 3.4.

The staycation showed the most significant increase, after seven out of ten Brits opted to stay in the UK for their holiday. That 71% figure is up a huge 64% since 2015, and saw similar numbers to the ‘Olympic Summer’ of 2012.

Staycation in London

Key dates such as the 100th anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death are believed to have influenced more people to look closer to home for their holiday.

Figures have also shown that we are opting for more city breaks than beach holidays, with 53% of us seeking an urban trip.