British interest in Monastir, Tunisia, jumps by almost 500%

Brits are known for their love of holidays – and with the miserable weather in the UK it is not hard to see why. Travel cardsWe spent the summer with our umbrellas at the ready as Britain got a soaking from persistent rain which led to heavy flooding in many areas across the nation. And now we are in the clasp of a second cold snap, which is threatening to assail the UK with ice and snow for as long as three weeks. It is little wonder that the destination with the biggest increase in searches among UK travellers was somewhere with far milder climes. The number of UK-based searches for M…

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British Tourists Like To Exercise On Holiday

Lying around a pool isn’t the be all and end all for British holidamakers, a new survey reveals. Prepaid cards on holidayAlthough holidays are seen by most as a chance to recharge their batteries and relax as much as possible, some use their trip abroad to help themselves keep in shape. According to a new poll from www.sunshine.co.uk, more than a quarter of British tourists visiting foreign locations choose to take part in exercise activities during their holiday. The survey asked 1,862 UK adults who had been on holiday abroad in the past year about their exercise habits whilst on a break. G…

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Half of Britons just cannot switch off on holiday

Almost half of Britons are refusing to leave their most treasured gadgets and devices at home when going on holiday, which means they could blow their holiday budget. Research from price comparison website, Gocompare, found that a staggering 47% of 18 to 34-year olds will take their laptop on holiday with them this summer. The research found that 46% of 18 to34-year olds said they can’t relax on holiday unless they can check their emails and messages. A further 27% of them will only go on holiday to places where they can still communicate with their workplace. Almost half (45%) of this age g…

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Britons choose credit cards for rewards

Over half (56 per cent) of Britons choose their credit card based on the incentives they offer, new research has discovered. There is a wide range of enticements on offer, including cash back, air miles and loyalty club points, but as each card offers something different, it makes it hard for consumers to work out what is best for them. Kevin Mountford of Moneysupermarket.com, who conducted the survey, thinks that consumers should think about their lifestyle before choosing their credit cards. He commented: "For a shopaholic this might be a product that offers them money off their next…

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Britons priorities when booking a holiday cause a stir

New research reveals the priorities people have when booking a holiday, with some fascinating results. The 2011 ABTA Consumers Trends survey outlined the top ten essentials for booking a holiday. Contrary to what most people might think, low prices were not at the top of the list as only 53% of those questioned cited this as a major factor. Overall, what most people look for more than anything is safe and secure accommodation (86%) while eight in ten (79%) see a financial protection scheme as essential. In this sense, ATOL (74%) and ABTA (73%) membership are within the top five positions of…

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Britons Unlucky with Luggage

For some, packing is one of the most exciting things about going on holiday. It affords a chance to look ahead and develop a sense of anticipation about a much-deserved break. Suitcase But it turns out these people may be in the minority. According to a recent study by Travelodge, 82% of us find packing to be a stressful activity. And to make matters worse, it looks like we’re not even especially good at it. It turns out that the average Brit spends £26.50 replacing items which they forgot to bring on holiday, with swimming trunks, jumpers and cardigans topping the missed-list. This is es…

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Brits choose autumn getaways over summer holidays

September has overtaken the earlier summer months to become the top month for going on holiday, new research has revealed. Prepaid cards on holidayAccording to a study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), nearly a quarter of participants said that September was the month they were most likely to go on holiday. While 17% of respondents who participated in The CIPP 2012 Holiday Survey revealed they would ‘holiday’ in August, some 23% stated that September was in fact the most desirable month to go on holiday. Only 13.6% of those surveyed said they would take a hol…

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Brits Boast about Being Poor: Budget with Prep Pay Cards

Brits prefer to boast about what they do not have, a recent survey revealed, showing many are proud to be poor. Only a third would be likely to talk about how much they earn compared to 67 percent who would be happy to moan about how little they get paid. The research by uSwitch also showed 79 percent are likely to show pride in how cheap their possessions are compared to 21 percent who boast about their expense. People want to be seen as cutting back rather than big spenders, as 88 percent think it is cool to talk about how they have cut back instead of admitting they have not had to. If you…

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Brits Breathe a Sigh of Relief as Inflation Remains at 4.5%

The cost of living has stopped rising as latest figures reveal inflation remains steady at 4.5 % in May. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual rate of inflation stood at 4.5 % in May, the same as in April after the previous month experienced a jump from 4% in March, the BBC reported. The Office for National Statistics reveals fuel and food prices are the main contributors to the high rate of inflation, both up 1.3% from April despite the CPI remaining flat. When mortgage interest payments are included to calculate the Retail Prices Index (RPI), this also remained at 5.2% in May. A more…

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Brits Budget Money for Domestic Help

Despite the economic downturn, six million Brits budget their money to be able to afford domestic help, research reveals. This research by Churchill Home Insurance comes following the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton have put their plant to recruit servants on hold. Cleaners, gardeners, handymen and other forms of domestic help are hired by 12 percent of the nation. Almost a quarter of those who pay for domestic help admit to doing so because they do not like doing the chores themselves. While for 31 percent it is more of a question of convenience and to save time. “Even in these d…

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Brits can’t live without holidays

Despite the economic downturn and the Prime Minister’s calls for holidaymakers to stay in the UK this summer, a number of Brits are heading overseas in search of sun, sea, sand and relaxation. Research from price comparison website, Confused.com found that millions of Britons can’t live without a holiday. The majority of UK travellers take one or two holidays a year with over 55’s taking the most holidays of any age group. Those aged 18-24 take the least amount of holidays in comparison. Only a quarter of people said that a ‘staycation’ is their ideal option for a holiday. Almost half of Britons (…

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