More holidaymakers are giving summer sunshine breaks the cold shoulder

Over the next 12 months British holidaymakers are increasingly planning to jet off in May, June and October.

The switch in dates is driven by better value away from the main school holiday season and the fact that some Britons are planning to take more holidays next year.

Travel association ABTA’s annual Holiday Habits report shows May and June will be the most popular months for foreign breaks, with 21% of people planning to travel then, followed by October (19%) and July and August (both 17%).

Emma Brennan, of ABTA, said: “Going out of season is more cost-effective than travelling in peak, and more destinations are staying open for longer, for example, Turkey and Greece.”

The proportion of us taking an overseas holiday rose from 45% last year up to 52%. Spain was again the leading destination attracting 33% of Britons.

City breaks (41%) have reclaimed their title from beach holidays (34%) as the nation’s favourite type of overseas getaway. The main national concern about the effect of holidays remains animal welfare, a factor for 68%, with 66% worried about waste and plastic pollution.

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