This page lists the top holiday destinations for British holiday makers. Most British working people are allowed a minimum of 4 weeks (28 days) holiday per year and most families take 2 of these weeks off during the Summer months. A growing trend is that Britons are now taking a second holiday abroad in the winter for skiing or winter sun, or during the spring for short city breaks. There is also a growing trend among older and retired people to go on cruises at all times of the year.

Summer Breaks

Around 60% of UK residents take their main vacation in July and August. The two main reasons for this are because these are generally the hottest months and all public schools take a summer break from the end of July to the beginning of September, lasting between 6 and 8 weeks. This means that parents are obliged to take their main vacation at this time to avoid taking children out of the school term. The most popular summer destinations in the UK are in the south and around coastal regions. Top destinations are

Summer Sun Destinations

The proximity of Britain to western Europe means that the majority of British holiday makers who travel overseas head for Spain, France and Portugal. Europe accounts for around 80% of visits abroad from the UK. About half of which take the form of package holidays.

Winter Sun Destinations

Due to our long cold winters and the availability of cheap flights, a growing number of British holiday makers now take winter holidays to sunshine destinations. The most popular of these destinations are:

  • Canary Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • North Africa - Tunisia & Morocco
  • Goa
  • Gambia
  • Florida
  • Caribbean

For tourist information on Cyprus, visit our sister site Places to Travel

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