Families ‘to spend more on holidays this year’

holiday spending

holiday spendingThe sun is shining again and many of our thoughts will be turning to summer and whether we can afford to get away this year.

New research suggests that for many of us a holiday will be an essential feature of 2012, with the amount spent on such breaks set to rise.

Visa Europe surveyed 2,050 people, finding that on average we're increasing our foreign holiday spend by more than £300 on last year to take the total to £3,890.

Putting a roof over the heads of ourselves and our kids will take the lion's share of the total, with flights and ferries coming in behind.

We'll also be spending a lot of our holiday cash on food in restaurants, according to the poll.

The research also showed that we spent more last year compared to 2010, with an overall total of £12.4 billion on overseas breaks.

But which destinations are proving most popular among UK families? The poll says Spain, where there was £1.8 billion spent last year.

France and the USA also proved popular, with £1.5 billion and £1 billion spent respectively.

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