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Despite a summer set to be clouded in travel restrictions and uncertainty Britons remain steadfast in their determination to travel abroad.

Research carried out by Travel Weekly in early May found demand for overseas holidays was the same as it was last autumn, with almost a third (31 per cent) of respondents ‘likely’ to take a foreign holiday in the next year and one in six (16 per cent) ‘very likely’.

The response remains unchanged from that of a similar survey carried out by the website in early November – however intentions to travel abroad are significantly down on pre-pandemic levels, in October 2019 more than half said they were likely to go on holiday abroad.

Britons aged under 35 are driving this push for foreign breaks, with almost half of those aged 25 to 24 saying they’d likely escape the UK for a break. 41 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds said the same.

At the same time, unsurprisingly, the intention to book a UK staycation has risen in the past six months, with over half of Britons saying they’ll holiday on home soil this year.

The research was however carried out before the latest green list chaos that saw Portugal removed just a matter of weeks after being added. Time will tell how this has impacted consumer confidence on international travel and demand for UK breaks, as well the next Government announcement, expected at the end of June.

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