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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Bah Humbug! Brits dream of eschewing Christmas for a holiday

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, reveals many Brits are lacking that festive feeling.  A brand new poll of over 1,500 travellers showed an astounding 80% of respondents admit they have been tempted to escape Christmas altogether and blow their Christmas budget on a holiday instead.*

“Between gift shopping, the cold weather, juggling numerous Christmas parties and hosting friends and family, the Christmas period can be an incredibly stressful time of year,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson.  “Four out of five Brits evidently find it so stressful that they dream of using their Christmas budget to escape on holiday, rather than celebrate in a more traditional way.”

It appears those looking to escape Christmas are also keen to escape the recent chilly and snowy weather – the most popular destinations on TripAdvisor.co.uk in the last 30 days** are predominantly warm and sunny:

1.    Canary Islands, Spain
2.    Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt
3.    New York, USA
4.    Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
5.    Ile-de-France, France
6.    Florida, USA
7.    Balearic Islands, Spain
8.    Agean Coast, Turkey
9.    Andalusia, Spain
10.Catalonia, Spain

For more information on these destinations, visit www.TripAdvisor.co.uk

*Poll carried out on 1,588 travellers from 29 November-5 December 2011
**Most viewed destinations on TripAdvisor.co.uk in the last 30 days according to page views