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New Year, New Travels

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Exploring the world is now the main focus for millions as a third of Brits make their New Year’s resolution for 2017 to travel more over traditional resolutions like spending less time on social media, getting better sleep and eating more healthily, according to the experts at Travel Republic.

The survey of 2,000 British adults found 41 per cent have never failed a New Year’s resolution, and two thirds of Brits are confident they will be able to achieve their New Year’s resolutions in 2017, with half of the nation planning to travel more this year.

Holidays to Italy came out on top of dream destinations, with one in five planning to visit the country this year. This was followed by Spain, America and Australia, with the Caribbean and even Iceland appearing in the top 10 for holidays in 2017.

Naomi Wilkinson, Marketing Director for Travel Republic said: “We expected, things like losing weight or getting fitter to be at the top of the list, but it’s great to see how big the nation’s appetite for travel is.

Almost as many people said they wanted to travel more as save more money – usually something that everyone puts at the top of their list. Travel Republic customers are able to achieve both with low holiday deposits and interest free payments, making budgeting for holidays simple.”

According to the research less than half of Brits describe themselves as ‘well-travelled’, providing the motive for setting New Year’s resolutions around travel.

Forty five per cent of respondents said their top travel resolution for the year was to visit a place they’d never been before and twenty per cent aim simply to do more travelling than last year. For guidance on how to achieve these New Year’s resolutions, Travel Republic will be hosting a Q&A session with UK Travel Editor, Jill Starley-Grainger on their Facebook on Thursday 12th January at 2pm.

Whilst on holiday, over a quarter of Brits said that they develop a better relationship with their partner and that it is a good time for a family to bond, demonstrating the importance of holidays enriching personal and social lives.

Travel Republic’s Wilkinson said: “With travel being at the top of so many Brits resolution lists for 2017, it is great that people recognise the benefits that going on holiday can have on their relationships with friends and family.”

“Two thirds of respondents say they’re determined to achieve their New Year goals – we wish them good luck, and happy travels.”

For further information and destination inspiration for holidays 2017, visit www.travelrepublic.co.uk

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