More Brits have booked flights abroad during the winter months, figures from cheap flights carrier easyJet have revealed.
The airline has experienced a 17 percent increase in the number of passengers booking flights to European destinations this winter.
According to psychologist Dr David Holmes, of Manchester Metropolitan University, a winter break benefits a person’s "mind, body and soul".
"Visiting countries with longer, brighter sunlight hours and/or taking an active holiday such as skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to lift our spirits," he said.
"Physical activity increases the level of endorphins in our body which help boost feelings of control and happiness."
Ski destinations in Europe have enjoyed heavy snowfalls this year, with a number of resorts in Italy and France having opened a month ahead of schedule.
The airline recently announced that it has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as its 2009 charity partner.