What wedding? Will YOU be part of the Great British exodus?


More than 2.45 million Brits are leaving the country for the extended Easter break, and a further 3.43 million are going on holiday in the UK in a bid to get away from the royal wedding.

While the extended break is intended to offer Brits the opportunity to get their patriotic hats on and celebrate the once-in-a-generation wedding of a future King, many appear more interested escaping from it all.

Of those heading abroad, just a quarter of Brits intend to watch the wedding live, either on television or the internet. Far more – 36 per cent – say they have no interest in watching the wedding at all.

While 2.45 million Brits have already booked their break, the actual figure could be far higher as four per cent (1.96 million) intend to go on holiday, but have yet to book it.

And a further 2.45 million Brits (five per cent), said they would consider going on holiday if they spotted a good deal.

Latest research from travel comparison website travelsupermarket.com has found that Europe is by far the most popular destination, with two-thirds (76 per cent) heading to the continent.

Cressida Sergeant, travel expert from travelsupermarket.com, said: "We were expecting to see huge numbers of Brits leaving the country during this period, however, even we were surprised to see just how many will be doing so – it really is nothing short of an 'exodus'.

If you are one of the nearly two million Brits who intend to go away, but have not yet booked, click on the image below for some fantastic ideas for escapes!

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What wedding? Will YOU be part of the Great British exodus?

There's no TVs or radios to disturb the peace at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on the beach in Nevis. Just St Kitts and Nevis (www.juststkittsnevis.co.uk) is offering seven nights from £1,595 per person, based on two sharing a superior room with breakfast and afternoon tea, including return flights with British Airways and transfers.

Head away from the crowds to experience the quiet canals and rivers of the UK on a narrowboat holiday with Waterways Holidays (www.waterwaysholidays.com). Routes on offer include the Four Counties Ring in the north Midlands. From £975 for seven nights from 29 April, including fuel, car parking and bed linen – plus one well behaved pet is welcome free of charge.

Leave civilisation behind on a 10-day mobile safari in the remote South Luangwa National Park in Zambia with the Bushcamp Company (www.bushcampcompany.com). From £3,150 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and transfers, full-board accommodation in recently renovated bushcamps, all safari activities and park fees.

Raise a glass to the republic on a Deluxe Champagne Weekend with Grape Escapes (www.grapeescapes.net) from 29 April to 1 May. It includes an exclusive Dom Perignon tour, not normally available to the public, and a four-course gourmet lunch at a top restaurant. From £358 per person, based on two sharing, including return ferry crossings for a car and two passengers, accommodation and the tours.

Put royal matters out of your mind in Chile with Travel in Depth (www.travel-indepth.com). Focus your mind on the Patagonian wilderness on a unique 10-night tailor-made trip, Camping for the Connoisseur. From £3,800 per person, based on two sharing, including return international and domestic flights, two nights in Santiago, four nights full-board in Patagonia, two nights in Colchagua Valley, and guided activities and tours.

Make time for the love of your own life at an overwater villa in the luxurious spa resort of Soneva Gili (www.sixsenses.com) in the Maldives. Seven nights costs from £800 per person, based on two sharing a Soneva Gili Villa Suite.

Escape the wedding to live like a king or queen yourself. Spend a week in Andalucia this April staying at some of the country's historic Parador hotels, including castles and palaces. From £445 for five nights through Keytel (www.keytel.co.uk).

Take off to the other side of the world with Bridge & Wickers (www.bridgeandwickers.co.uk). It is offering a package to Southern Queensland from 18-29 April that includes trekking in the rainforest where I'm a Celebrity... is filmed, a stay on a cattle station to experience Outback life, and time on the beach at Noosa. From £2,150 per person, based on two sharing including return flights with Qantas, 10 nights' accommodation, and car hire.

You're sure not to disturbed by those remote wedding bells at Ti na Mara, a traditional cottage on the coast of Sutherland in Scotland with no TV or telephone. Ecosse Unique (www.unique-cottages.co.uk) is offering the cottage, sleeping four, for £385 for seven nights from 23 April.

Head into the wilds for a sea kayaking adventure around the Bohuslan archipelago in Sweden with Nature Travels (www.naturetravels.co.uk). Starting 28 April, take a six day self-guided sea kayaking tour for £246 per person, including all kayak equipment and clothing hire, map package with recommended route and possible camp sites.

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