If you’ve put the Christmas holidays behind you and now you’re singing the January blues, you’re not alone. In fact, so many people begin planning their summer holidays directly after Christmas that the 9th of January is now known as “Sunshine Saturday” and is the busiest day of the year for travel agents and holiday companies.
Online voucher code company My Voucher Codes decided to survey almost 1,300 British adults to see where everyone is going this year, and Spain took the top spot. Spain has long been a popular destination with Brits, and it doesn’t look like the British fascination with the country will be ending anytime soon, especially considering all the reasons to visit- the food, weather, culture, history and art are just some of the reasons why it is so appealing.
The survey revealed that 70% of those surveyed are planning to take a holiday this year, with 18% still undecided and just 12% not wanting to book a holiday.
62% of those planning a holiday would like to go abroad, while 19% were undecided and 19% preferred to take a holiday in the UK.
The top international spot was Spain, followed by the USA, Greece and South America. Cruising took spot number 5, and was closely followed by a trip to France, Italy, Australia, Canada or Japan.
So how do you make sure you get a great deal on your summer holiday? Here are some tips:
Make a Plan
On days when there are crazy deals available, neither you or travel agents have time to sit for half an hour and debate one destination over another. The early bird catches the worm, but the bird has to know what it’s looking for and be prepared to book that day.
Talk to a travel agent
When it comes to days like Sunshine Saturday, often travel agents are privy to special deals that may not be released to the public. But there will be plenty of other people hoping to pop down to their local agent so you should consider visiting them a few days before Sunshine Saturday, letting them know what you’re looking for so they can keep an eye out as deals are released, and making an appointment for that day so you know you have a guaranteed time.
Often we can avoid booking a holiday as we’re worried that we could find something better last minute. But this rarely happens, and when it comes to airfares, you could see any savings you make on a last-minute tour or hotel room eaten up by the huge increase in flight prices. While it’s good to shop around eventually you have to commit, pay your deposit and begin dreaming about your summer holiday.
For more information about Sunshine Saturday, read this article to learn all about the Brits surveyed and where everyone is planning to travel for their holidays this summer.