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Top 10 travel destinations for 2014


With the United States set to be the most popular destination among holidaying Brits in 2014, we take a look at the coming year’s travel hot-spots.

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Long-haul destinations are set to be increasingly popular among British travellers in 2014, according to new research by

Up from second place last year, the United States will be Brits' top travel destination, according to our study of holiday plans for the coming 12 months.

Australia, is set to be the third most popular place to go on holiday, despite not making the top 10 in 2013.

Mexico and Thailand, meanwhile, come in at eighth and ninth place respectively.

Top 10 travel destinations

Here is a look at the 10 most popular places to travel to in 2014, compared with 2013.

2014 2013
 1 United States Spain
 2 Spain United States 
 3 Australia Turkey
 4 Turkey Greece
5 France France
 6 Greece Egypt
 7 Egypt Portugal
8 Mexico Italy
9 Thailand Cyprus
10 Italy Tunisia

Households loosening their belts for holidays

Commenting on the research, travel expert at Oonagh Shiel, says: “With inflation now at a four-year low, households are able to think about loosening their belts a little for holidays next year.

"We Brits are a value-driven lot, however, and we’re always looking for a great deal.

"We are already seeing bargain-conscious travellers stumping up for long-haul flights to destinations such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam where on-the-ground costs are low and the pound goes further."

Meanwhile, says Shiel, the United States is a perennial favourite for family holidays and it’ll be particularly popular with Brits in 2014.

United States a family favourite

United States

"From July 2014 budget carrier Norwegian Air will fly from Gatwick to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, injecting some welcome competition on transatlantic routes.

"One-way fares will start from a recession-busting £149.

"In addition, ever-popular Florida is a show-stopping mix of theme parks and beaches while eating out there is a bargain.

"There’s competition among hotel groups and car-hire companies too, plus good family ticket deals, as well as any number of money-off coupon deals if you look."

Grab an all-inclusive deal in Mexico


Shiel says Mexico is investing heavily in new hotels for 2014's tourist season.

"The authorities are addressing safety concerns in Mexico City – but we think the best places to grab holiday deals there are still Cozumel and Cancun (pictured above).

"Whether you’re looking to go away with your partner or you’re considering a family bucket-and-spade holiday, there are some good all-inclusive bargains to be had.

"In particular, it’s worth looking out for shoulder-season deals when the weather can still be good and prices are lower than during peak periods."

Israel a hot tip for 2014


Outside of our top 10, Shiel says her hot tip for 2014 is Israel.

"The Israeli government has introduced the latest phase of its Open Skies agreement with the European Union.

"The result of this will be greater competition and lower air fares between Europe and Israel – that’s got to be good news for cash-strapped holidaymakers," she says.

"Flight times are reasonable, the weather is predictable – and there’s an awful lot to do, be it the beachfront restaurants and clubs of Tel Aviv, the culture and history of Jerusalem (pictured above), or the diving and beaches at Eilat."

Getting a good flight price

When it comes to getting a good deal on your flights, Shiel has the following advice.

"Remember, prices can depend on a range of factors, including how far in advance you book, whether it’s peak season, the taxes you’ll be paying and, of course, exchange rates.

"The bottom line is: do your research, compare the options and operators and book early if you can - it’s usually much cheaper if you have a specific destination in mind."

Annual cover worth considering

Mhairi Edwards is head of travel insurance at

She says if you are planning a long haul break in 2014 and are taking out worldwide travel insurance it could be worth considering annual cover.

"It’s not much more expensive and it will also cover you for any short haul trips you take through the year," Edwards says.

"So if you fancy booking a last minute city break to Europe later in 2014, for example, you’ll already have travel insurance in place."


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