Staycations are the most popular choice for mini-breakers this year with nearly two-thirds (61%) of holidaymakers taking at least one short break in the UK and just under a third (32%) heading further afield to Europe.
This is among the main findings of a new report published by American Express.
Less than half (46%) of those interviewed said they planned to spend more than five days away from home on holiday this year.
The poll of 2,000 holidaymakers found nearly a third (31%) of those who head off on a shorter getaway do so because mini-breaks feel more spontaneous, don’t take so much planning or cost less than longer holidays.
However, despite thinking shorter getaways are more budget-friendly, holiday costs can soon mount up with Britons spending an estimated £431 each on travel, accommodation, food and drink. Furthermore, just under a quarter (24%) admit to getting carried away and spending beyond their budget on holiday extras such as day trips, excursions and gifts.
Average spend per person for each mini-break activity
|Food and drink||£131|
|Flights/ travel to destination||£128|
|Tickets for activities, exhibitions, events, museums||£72|
|Gifts for others||£55|
|Treats e.g. spa||£51|
When away from the daily grind, taking time to experience local culture is crucial for mini-breakers. The top two activities on to-do lists are trying the local cuisine (38%) and seeing as much as possible of the surrounding area by foot or public transport (33%). People are happy to spend money on these activities too, splashing out an average of £131 on food and drink and over £100 per person on getting out and about.