Research has shown that most Brits are either seeking sunshine or ski resorts this winter.
The hordes of winter holidaymakers looking to escape rainy old Britain over the next couple of months seem equally split between sun-seekers and winter sports enthusiasts, if new research by car hire comparison site carehiremarket.com is anything to go by.
Analysis of its car hire bookings for December this year and next January, cheap holidays in Tenerife and Geneva are the most popular choices among Britons, in a list of top five destinations that the site published today:
1. Tenerife. This perennially popular destination in the Canary Islands is a great choice for any UK traveller who wants to get away from the winter weather back home, with average temperatures in December and January of 61° Fahrenheit and 59° Fahrenheit respectively.
2. Geneva. The Swiss city is the ultimate staging post for onward travel to the many wonderful ski and snowboard results of the Alps, and fly-drive holidays are the best way to get there.
3. Belfast. Although many car hire bookings in this city may be for business purposes, there is much to recommend this northern Irish city to the winter tourist – not least the prospect of a Guinness in a cosy pub!
4. Cape Town. Cheap holidays in South Africa are growing in popularity, and never more so than over the winter period, where good weather is almost guaranteed and the opportunity to drink some white wine in the sun on Christmas Day can be extremely tempting.
5. Faro. The central city in the Algarve is not just a great choice for golfing enthusiasts who wish to partake of the region’s many excellent courses over the winter months. The city also has a wealth of history and culture, plus its own beach, if the weather is extra nice. Plus, a hired car will place you just an hour’s drive away from Spain!
Commenting on the choices, Carhiremarket product manager Andrew Shorrock said: “With forecasters warning of another big freeze this winter with Siberian temperatures and widespread snow, it’s no wonder that many Brits are looking to take to the skies and fly off to sunnier climes.”