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Best holiday destination for UK residents

Best Holiday Destinations for UK Residents

8 Best Holiday Destinations for UK Residents

Are you planning your next holiday? Perhaps, you’re looking for ideas to help you plan your holiday destination. Well, I’ll reveal 8 holiday destinations popular with British holiday makers.

Holidays are meant to help us relax, and get to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. Sometimes, it could also be about you spending more time with your own self.

Yes! You’ve worked your ass out at work, and perhaps, you even had to put up with your annoying boss or colleague at the office. This might be the only time you get to be really free and you want it to be spectacular, don’t you?

Maybe you’ve been so busy at the office and have little time to research a good holiday destination, or perhaps you just want to know about overseas holiday destinations that are quite trending among UK residents.

Let’s take a look at the statistics.

UK residents made 3.8 million visits overseas in December 2018, which was 4% fewer than December 2017. They spent £2.4 billion on these visits, 9% more than in December 2017.

During the period October to December 2018 there were 14.5 million visits abroad by UK residents, which was 1% fewer than the corresponding period a year earlier. UK residents spent £9.2 billion on these visits, 7% more than in the same period of 2017.

There were 11.2 million visits to European countries, a decrease of 3% of the same period a year earlier and 2.3 million visits to “other countries” (countries outside North America and Europe), a decrease of 2%.

However, there was an increase in visits to North America of 21% to 1.1 million. Considering the reasons for visits, holiday visits increased by 2% (to 9.1 million) from the same period the previous year and business visits increased by 7% (to 1.7 million). Conversely, visits to friends and relatives decreased by 10% (to 3.4 million).

Now, here are the 8 best holiday destinations for UK residents.

1#: Spain

Spain has long been a holiday destination fancied by British holiday makers. It is one of the top holiday destinations favored by UK residents. The Balearic Islands is definitely a starting point. You can enjoy the best of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, along with Canary Islands such as Tenerife and the beautiful beaches in La Palma.

The North of Spain can also give you quite an experience with its magnificent beaches and rolling countryside. Though, it is usually overlooked by most tourists, you will find the mountains, medieval towns and buzzing cities quiet enchanting.

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#2: France

There is more to see in France than just the Eiffel Tower. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are never short of new destinations to discover.

You may like to go cycling in the French Countryside, or just relax and enjoy the cool beaches of Corsica.

Burgundy and Gascony are a nice destination to escape and crack some bottles. You’ll most likely enjoy the gourmet meals, fine wines and excursions.

If you’re thinking of something adventurous, you’re probably thinking of skiing in the French Alps. You could ski on budget there, I might add.

#3: Italy

If you want a holiday destination with some ancient culture and tasty food, Italy should be top on your list.

For a taste of la dolce vita, you may want to head to the wonderful cities of Rome, Florence and Venice – for an extra dash of old-school glamour, you can even travel to Venice on the Orient-Express. For a relaxing stay in the countryside or close to a beach, you could rent a villa with private pool.

Some of the places worth visiting in Italy include the island of Sicily, Tuscany, Sardinia and a bunch of other cool places.

The Italian Lakes attracted some of the first package tourists from the UK and they continue to be popular for their beautiful setting, mountain views and great transport links for visiting local sights.

#4: USA

With all the ongoing talks about Briexit, the USA is likely going to be a favoured destination by most British holiday makers.

You can always expect to have a great holiday in United States. USA has an impressive diversity of landscapes, iconic cultural sights, friendly people and fantastic food.

Places you might want to visit during your holiday in US include New York (Niagara Falls probably), Las Vagas, Florida (Palm Beach, Maimi), California and of course my favourite, Dallas Texas!

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#5: Portugal

Portugal is a perennial favourite with British visitors and it’s easy to see why. It has historic cities, great food, glorious countryside, excellent beaches and friendly people. It’s also good value. The Algarve is a firm favourite although more visitors are discovering the unspoilt charms of the Alentejo (where many Portuguese go on holiday, I might add).

#6: Greece

We all know about the recent economic crisis in Greece, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy your holiday when you visit.

Holiday in Greece is all about simplicity. It is the whitewashed villas, the friendly tavernas, the hot sun and blue seas that keep tourists coming back year after year. You really can’t talk about Greece without mentioning Greek food, a masterpiece of simplicity, both traditional and healthy.

But what attract the most visitors, are the islands. Corfu’s villas never lose their appeal. If you’re looking for the quintessential small Greek island, we recommend Paxos which has no airport and is a great place for lazy days, boat trips and lovely villas.

If you desire to be a little active, you may try the new Paleros Beach Resort with water sports included. It is set on a sheltered bay overlooking the Ionian Sea.

#7: Thailand

Some people called it the land of smiles, I’m sure you will discover why when you visit.

Thailand has beautiful Countryside and beaches, great food, friendly people and low prices.

It’s the islands that attract the most attention, however, with Phuket bringing in most visitors. Most of its hotels are world class. Not far away, in the Gulf of Siam, Koh Samui has some delightful small luxury hotels, and its neighbour Koh Phangan is on the up.

For a touch of opulence, book a berth on the Eastern & Oriental Express as it rides between Bangkok and Singapore.

#8: Croatia

Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and probably one of the least spoilt in Europe. It is also good value compared to other Mediterranean countries.

You can always choose to stay in one of the beautiful resorts along the coastline, or head out to one of the many stunning islands that lay off the coast. Hvar is a real stunner, easily reached by ferry from Split.

The historic city of Dubrovnik has been beautifully restored in recent years. Originally built by the Venetians, the Pearl of the Adriatic has great food and is a wonderful base from which to take the ferry to surrounding islands.

For more info on best holiday destinations for UK residents, below is a list released by the UK government.

Top holiday destinations: UK government statistics

According to the most recent government statistics, UK residents made 46.6 million leisure visits abroad in 2017. This excludes business travel. Of that figure, 38.7 million visits were to countries in Europe (36.7 million to EU countries) and 2.4 million were to North America.

The chart below shows the 20 most visited countries by UK tourists in 2017, with figures in thousands. These are all leisure visits, and exclude business trips.

Country Visits (thousands)
Spain 13,968
France 6,064
Italy 2,870
Portugal 2,324
USA 2,186
Greece 2,110
Netherlands 1,597
Irish Republic 1,208
Germany 1,185
Turkey 895
Belgium 835
United Arab Emirates 634
Poland 620
Mexico 497
Switzerland 495
Morocco 479
Austria 448
Malta 446
Czech Republic 384
Hungary 347

Last updated: 19 April 2019  





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