Fewer Britons holidaying abroad


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Fewer Britons are travelling abroad for their holidays because of the ailing economy, says a report.

More than half of people will stay at home instead of overseas for a break this year, a rise of 14% over the last three years.

And 12% will not take any time off at all because of financial worries, research firm HPI found.

A study of 1,000 people across the UK found 54% plan to stay at home this year, a rise from 40% in 2010.
Of the 46% who will go abroad, 19% will organise their own break rather than choosing a package holiday, 13% will specifically travel outside school holiday periods to cut costs and 5% will stay with family or friends who live overseas.

Of those who feel they cannot afford to go abroad this summer, 22% intend intend to book a holiday in the UK, while 13% will spend their time off at home.

Juliet Strachan, managing partner at HPI, said: "These figures clearly show how the recession has impacted holiday plans.

"Lack of consumer confidence, uncertainty around job situations and increasingly squeezed disposable incomes are forcing people to reprioritise and therefore compromise on their annual holiday.

"While the wider economy might be showing signs of a slow recovery, in reality consumers' own budgets are still under intense pressure, causing holiday-loving Brits to make sacrifices with how they use their time off."

:: HPI polled 1,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 65 in February.

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