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More Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half term

There has been a "surge in demand" for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.

There has been a "surge in demand" for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.

This is according to new figures from Travelex, which revealed that increasing numbers of British holidaymakers are shunning destinations in the eurozone in favour of far-away places.

The US has topped the list of the company’s half term hotspots, although there has also been an increase in the number of people booking flights to South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Caribbean.

During the past 12 months, Travelex said there has been an increase in orders of the South African rand by 26 percent, the Hong Kong dollar by 16 percent and the Thai baht by 11 percent.

"While the value of the pound is still on the decline against the euro, travellers can get more for their money by heading outside the eurozone, with the United States and closer-to-home destinations including Turkey and Egypt continuing to provide excellent value for money," said Travelex director Peter Davies.

The currency specialist announced in July that large numbers of budget-conscious British holidaymakers were leaving it to the last minute to book a late summer holiday.

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