Almost one in five Brits took more holidays abroad in 2008

Almost one in five Brits took more holidays abroad in 2008, according to a new survey by Alamo Rent A Car.

The survey also showed that, while many families have found their holiday budgets being tightened over the last few years, most remained determined not to alter their getaway plans.

More than eight out of ten (83 percent) of customers surveyed said that they had taken the same number of foreign holidays in 2008 as in 2007, with a number having taken advantage of cheap flight offers to European destinations.

A further 17 percent said they had taken more holidays abroad in 2008, while 37 percent said they had spent less on their holidays compared to 2007.

Commenting on the findings, Amy Dorrington, marketing director for Alamo Rent A Car, said: "While 2008 may have been the year of the 'staycation', the foreign vacation remains the expense that people are not prepared to cut back on - even in times of recession."

A report by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office recently predicted that more Brits will book flights to Turkey, Egypt and Mexico in 2009 because of the poor exchange rate with the euro.

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