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Britons book three months ahead

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British holiday makers are more likely to book their journey well in advance, with French and Italian travellers showing a more relaxed approach, it has been revealed.

Online travel company Expedia found that bargain-hungry Britons will book their get away three months in advance in order to get the best deals.

Danes and Germans are also eager to get a holiday bargain, with holiday makers in these regions also booking ahead.

But cost doesn't seem to be an issue for French and Italian travellers, who leave their planning until the last minute.

The research also showed that 16% of Britons who book trips online do so on a Monday, with the peak time being between 7pm and 9pm.

Only 10% book on Saturdays, and Sunday is the quietest day for arranging breaks away.

The company also found that Britons still prefer to go away in August more than in any other month.

In spite of the high euro in recent times, more than half the top 20 most popular places to book at the moment are in Europe, and include Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin.

Expedia said this trend was likely to grow with the current improvement in the euro exchange rate.

UK destinations make up just under a quarter of the top 20, with London, Manchester and Edinburgh all making the list. Long-haul locations such as New York, Las Vegas and Singapore make up the remaining quarter of the favourite places to visit for Britons.

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