Summer holidays still a huge priority

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summer holidaysTimes are hard for families up and down the country, but despite this many of us are still making sure we can afford a holiday this summer.

Research has shown that fewer than a tenth of us plan on going without a holiday this year - compared to around a fifth who said goodbye to the beach in 2011.

British Airways American Express Credit Cards said that Britons will spend more than £36 billion going on holiday this year.

And with family holidays being time-consuming and laborious to arrange, many families are going to make the most of things with a longer break. The figures showed that nearly half of us plan on spending at least a week on our hols.

The findings also suggested that we are taking more time to save for our holidays this year, planning them up to three months in advance.

This has led to calls that many families will be gearing up to book their main summer break in the coming weeks - are you among them?

A summer holiday will be the most significant purchase made by many Britons this year, with nearly a quarter of us expecting to fork out more on its cost than last year.

The research showed that we're preparing to spend an average of £923 per person on summer 2012, made up of hotel costs, flights and spends for while we are there.