More than one million Brits left booking their summer holiday until the last minute this year in an attempt to save money.
This is according to findings from Sainsbury’s Credit Card, which revealed that 1.28 million holidaymakers booked their break in the two weeks leading up to the date of departure.
It was also revealed that over half a million (528,000) people booked their holiday just a week prior to leaving, with many able to save hundreds of pounds.
There were a further 290,000 travellers intent on securing a cheap flights deal, with this group embarking on their holiday just 48 hours or less after booking.
Further analysis revealed that the average cost of a last minute seven day holiday in Spain amounted to £670, which was more expensive than both Greece (£520) and Turkey (£426).
Italy was the most expensive country for a last minute break however, with the average deal amounting to £956.
Figures published by the World Tourism Organisation yesterday (September 2nd) showed that western and southern Europe recorded "reasonable growth" in terms of tourist arrivals, suggesting that many people travelled to the regions on holiday this year.