We want holidays and we want them now

We’re used to fast food and having our clothes delivered within days of ordering them online.

Now it seems Britons are applying the same principle to their holidays.

New research has shown that the number of people searching for one-night city breaks has risen by 29 per cent between January last year and the same month in 2009, Hotels.com reports.

Cities including Copenhagen, Nice, Venice, Marrakesh and Rome were all found to be popular among people from the UK.

Communications director for Hotels.com, Alison Couper, said the study shows that Brits are determined to take holidays, even if it means squeezing them in between work commitments.

“The simple act of going on holiday for just a single night is relaxing and a change from the stresses and strains of life,” she commented.

Meanwhile, volunteering holidays could be ideal for people who feel they ned to improve their green credentials, one expert has said.

Bruch Haxton, operations director at the placement organisation i-to-i, said that such trips can offer people the chance to really give something back to the communities they visit.

He added that this applies whether the holiday involves helping disadvantaged children in Africa or learning how to feed elephants at a conservation centre.

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