Britons ‘will still take their holidays’

The current doom and gloom about the credit crunch is not stopping people from carrying on as normal when it comes to their holiday plans, it has been reported.

TravelMole cites a poll carried out by Holiday Extras, which shows that 51.8 per cent of respondents have not scaled down their travel plans because of the economic turmoil.

Meanwhile, over half of the people asked said they have been cutting down on the items they buy which are perceived as luxuries, in order to claw back every possible penny to go towards their holiday.

Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, commented: “Travel may be a luxury but it seems most people would rather spend a little less on day-to-day items rather than sacrifice their well-earned breaks.”

In October, a source from the Association of Independent Tour Operators said that more people are now seeing destinations that were once considered as only for the rich and famous as de rigueur.

Indeed, the Office for National Statistic found that ten million people went on trips to luxury destinations that were not in either the US or Europe in the 12 months to August 2008

Meanwhile, Travelex spokesperson Julian Neal recently said that more people may now choose holidays to South Africa and Australia so that they can benefit from the strong values of the rand and the dollar respectively.

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