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Brits to spend £41bn on holidays abroad in 2022

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

Half of Brits are planning a holiday abroad next year, with £41bn expected to be spent on international trips.

That’s according to the findings of a survey of 2,000 people by American Express, which found a quarter of people have not left the UK at all during the pandemic.

According to the poll, people expect to shell out £1,567 on average on their holiday, with a fifth (21 per cent) planning to spend £2,000 or more.

Over a quarter (27 per cent) plan to spend more this year than on their holiday last year. Half of those (48 per cent) say they are spending more because they have missed travelling abroad, while 29 per cent want to treat themselves.

In total £41.2bn is expected to be spent on overseas trips next year.

Respondents said the main reason for booking a trip abroad was they missed travelling internationally (32 per cent), while 21 per cent said they would be celebrating occasions they weren’t able to because of the pandemic.

Some 16 per cent said they wanted to take advantage of airline and accommodation offers.

Spain tops the destination list with a fifth (21 per cent) planning a trip there, followed by Greece (14 per cent), France (13 per cent) and Italy (13 per cent).

Some have set their sights further afield, with 6 per looking to go to the Caribbean and 4 per cent wanting to head to China.

From today, fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from a non red-list country can take a cheaper lateral flow test from a government-approved provider rather than a PCR.