Top travel destination Britons dream of named

Britons are hoping an overseas holiday will be on the cards this year, with 61 percent of people saying they plan to go abroad in the next 12 months, according to ABTA. Holidaymakers’ confidence is rising, fuelled by the last two years being relatively travel-free for most people.

European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) found a quarter of Britons spent the pandemic making a bucket list of destinations they want to visit.

It’s no surprise, according to Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA – The Travel Association.

He said: “Foreign holidays have always been a chance to escape the stresses of day-to-day life, enjoy new experiences and create memories that last a lifetime, so it’s understandable why ‘catching up’ on these missed experiences is coming through so strongly as a trend for next year.”

But where do Britons dream of going?

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Young couple dancing on beach and beach in Greece


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Young couple dancing on beach and beach in Greece

Coming top was the USA, with 19 percent of respondents saying they wanted to visit the country over the festive period.

In second place, unsurprisingly, was Britons’ favourite: Spain.

Spain came first in the list of countries Britons will go to first.

A short flight away, Spain holidays should be back on the menu for many Britons this year, restrictions permitting.

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Italy came third, followed by Greece and Switzerland.

The destinations Britons will fly to first this year were topped by Spain, but the US came joint second with Greece.

Rounding up the top five were Italy and Portugal.

There were no major surprises on the lists, with the exception of the US ranking so highly on holidaymakers’ bucket lists.



Huntington Beach at sunset in summer


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Huntington Beach at sunset in summer

With Europe dominating overseas travel dreams, Britons are keeping it close to home.

Whether for winter or summer holidays, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal were some of the most popular destinations.

Current travel restrictions are putting some holidaymakers off, with people taking to social media to claim they want to cancel their holidays.

Britons over 12 years old currently need to be fully jabbed to enter Spain.



Covid safe destinations world map


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Covid safe destinations world map

This means showing proof of double vaccination, something that proved difficult for many families with teenagers.

The country is also in the middle of a sixth Covid wave caused by Omicron.

Face masks have been reintroduced outdoors, with the mandatory wearing of them having few exceptions.

Holidaymakers will not need to wear masks at the beach or while exercising.

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