MILLIONS are finding ways to travel on reduced budgets – by opting for shorter breaks and destinations closer to home – but still planning two international trips in 2023.
A study of 2,000 holidaymakers found that 47 percent are willing to make changes to their holiday behavior if it means they can get away with the cost-of-living crisis.
Almost half (46 percent) of those switching due to a reduced budget will travel for a shorter period, while 35 percent will choose short-haul rather than long-haul destinations.
And with the average traveler having £300 less in their holiday budget for their next trip, 47 per cent now feel more pressure than ever to ensure their holiday is value for money.
But despite budget constraints, the study commissioned by loveholidays found that 55 percent are still excited about the prospect of a holiday abroad next year.
Almost six in ten (59 percent) are determined to be just as adventurous in their vacation plans, while 28 percent don’t want to compromise on experiencing new cultures, even if they struggle to break the bank.
Al Murray of the online travel agency, which compiled his insider tips for booking travel, says: “In the current economic climate, it’s understandable that people want to get the best bang for their buck when on holiday.
“Our research shows we are still a nation that loves our trips abroad and many are doing what they can to ensure they get away anyway.
“What’s also encouraging is that despite so much doom and gloom, people’s spirit of adventure hasn’t been destroyed.”
The survey also found that a third (33 percent) will now do more research when booking their vacation to get a great deal, and 37 percent will book further in advance.
One in five (21%) are more open to booking late or dawn flights when it becomes cheaper, while 22% think booking their holiday in the middle of the night could help cut costs.
Of those who book their vacation through an online travel agency, 68 percent say they prefer this route because they think it’s the easiest way to get the best deals.
While 61 percent think it takes all the stress away, 42 percent do it because it gives them more financial protection, and 30 percent love the many vacation options it offers.
Meanwhile, the study, conducted via OnePoll, found that 23 per cent of Britons are now more open to traveling to destinations known to be cheaper in order to curb holiday spending.
When respondents were asked where in Europe they would travel to for best value for money, the study found that Spain, Greece and Portugal topped the list, while Italy and Turkey rounded out the top five.
loveholidays’ Al Murray added: “It has never been more important to ensure you get great value for money on your holiday.
“No matter how you book or what you book, there are many simple changes you can make to your vacation to keep costs down and make more money.”
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