Fewer families managed to go abroad on holiday this summer.
Some 7.14 million people headed overseas during August, compared with 7.69 million last year.
A total of 38.45 million Britons went on abroad during the first eight months of 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. And it seems that those who went away made an effort to tighten their belts, with holiday spending down 4% to £21.23 billion.
Despite fewer Britons jetting off on holiday, visitors from the US helped boost UK tourism this summer, the figures show.
There was a surge in the number of US citizens travelling to Britain during August, helping to increase visitor spending to £2.02 billion.