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25 Jul

Summer holiday season starts this weekend

It’s believed that well over two million Britons will head off overseas this weekend, fantastic news for European tourism and proof that the summer holiday season is now in full swing.

Recent research has unveiled that over two million Britons will head off overseas this weekend

Recent research has unveiled that over two million Britons will head off overseas this weekend

As this weekend marks the beginning of the summer holiday season for schools up and down the country, millions of families are heading to the airport departure gates to spend some quality time together in the sunshine.

With so many people heading out of the country for their holidays, it’s important to take out comprehensive medical travel insurance cover so that you are protected against issues that may arise during their trip.

According to travel organisation ABTA, Spain remains the number one destination of choice while bookings to nations such as Greece and Turkey are also proving popular in Europe. Areas outside of Europe have also proved popular, with the likes of Dubai, Mexico and Florida all among the favourites – particularly for families.

It’s thought that the recent spells of stormy weather experienced in the UK have led to a spike in the amount of people booking last minute holidays abroad, with the beautiful blue skies and balmy temperatures of other countries persuading travellers to venture to locations where summer sunshine is more guaranteed.

South-east airports most popular

ABTA were also able to reveal which airports people were jetting off on their holidays from, with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted catering for 450,000, 295,000 and 140,000 respectively.

In Scotland, it’s thought that more than 100,000 will be departing over the weekend, with Glasgow airport offering transport links for 50,000 of those alone.

If you are planning to jet off for your holidays abroad, it is recommended that you get your over 80s travel insurance package arranged in good time prior to your flight; not only will this offer cover for any medical problems you may suffer on your trip, but also protect you against flight cancellations and other travel issues.

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