What do you prefer – one long holiday or a few short breaks? Admittedly there are advantages to both – a longer holiday gives you the chance to forget about all the usual stuff for a good period of time, whereas short breaks allow you to let off some steam more often, as well as a few more destinations ticked off – albeit it for a short time.

Ditching the fortnight breaks

According to new ONS data, Britons have turned their backs on traditional two-week holidays in favour of short breaks and weeks away.

The Office for National Statistics analysed UK foreign holiday numbers in 1996 against last year’s to find the biggest differences between now and 20 years ago. Its report found that British people are going on more holidays, but spending less time away on each trip.

There was a 68% rise in the number of foreign holidays UK residents go on – with 45 million holidays abroad taken last year by Brits, compared to just 27 million in 1996.

Unsurprisingly, there’s now over quadruple more people choosing cruising as a holiday than in 1996, with seven-day itineraries stealing the show.

An ONS spokesperson said: “In the last 20 years, UK tourists have turned their backs on traditional two-week holidays in favour of short breaks and week-long trips.

“Going abroad on holiday in the 1990s was very different. Hardly anyone had access to the internet, so you probably booked your trip by going to a travel agent or finding a cheap package deal on Teletext.”

Thanks to our Deals section, you never have to worry about finding a great deal. While many may choose a few short breaks as a way to see more places, as opposed to the one long holiday in a single location – us cruisers of course know that we can have the best of both worlds! On a week-long cruise you could explore up to six different destinations – what more could you want?!

What do you think?

Do you prefer a long cruise around the Caribbean or a short break to the likes of Amsterdam and Belgium? Let us know in the comments! If you want some inspiration for your next sailing or you’ve already got something in mind, give us a call on 0800 027 8302 – our friendly cruise team will be happy to help!

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