Revenge of the package holiday
It seems that there's something of a resurgence in the humble package holiday as people bid to get some vitamin D without all the hassle of having to think of anything.
And who can blame them?
Nearly half of all overseas holidays booked in 2012 were part of a package deal, rising sharply in the last couple of years according to figures released by ABTA, The Travel Association.
Domestic coach tours and rail breaks were also up, showing that the 1970s version of a holiday was back in a big way.
Victoria Bacon, Head of Communications for ABTA, said consumers valued the "security and cost effectiveness that package holidays provide", adding that "at the same time the market has also evolved to offer greater choice to holidaymakers. It’s no longer just a week in Benidorm. The market is now very sophisticated, with packages to cater for every taste and budget – whether you want two weeks all-inclusive in the sun, a cruise around Asia or an adventure holiday in South America."
DIY holidays were down also. It seems that, in times of recession, people want fuss-free holidays where someone else sorts out all the boring bits of a break for you.