America tops favourite long-haul holidays poll

Caroline Cassidy

America is the number one destination for British long-haul travellers, a new survey has revealed. The poll, by the Sunday Mirror's Homes and Holidays magazine, found that just over 40 per cent of Brits named the US as their favourite long-haul destination.

America is favourite long-haul holiday destination
America is favourite long-haul holiday destination

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The USA's closest rival in the long-haul stakes was the Caribbean, which finished second with only 17.8 per cent of the vote, while Australia came in third with 8.7 per cent.

More surprisingly, the US also topped the list of favourite city breaks - a sizeable 20.2 per cent said the Big Apple was their dream city break, with Barcelona and Paris close behind.

The sun, sea and sand of the Spanish costas remains popular. For short-haul holidays, 31.1 per cent preferred Spain to Greece or Italy, and it seems we Brits are keen to make the most of our annual hols because 30.9 per cent of those polled dreamed of cutting out the cooking and cleaning with an all-inclusive break.

Of course, staycations are growing in popularity and Devon and Cornwall are reaping the benefits as the most popular UK destinations, followed by the Lake District and Scotland.

Homes and Holidays Travel Editor Marjorie Yue said: "Our travel poll reveals our love affair with America is as strong as ever. Thanks to the celebrity, the glitz and the famous good service, for many it's our dream trip.

"Nearer to home, Spain still delivers what most of our readers wish for from a holiday - sun, sea, sand and great value."

Few journeys are free of bugbears, however, and baggage charges, flight delays and 'hidden' flight charges were all among the list of irritants.

What would be your dream long-haul destination? Would America top your list? Leave your comments below...