Britons are spending less on overseas trips as they take fewer holidays abroad and travel more to visit friends and relatives, research shows.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, visits by UK residents to family and friends overseas rose 9% during January-February compared with the same two-month period last year.
However, business visits fell 1% and holiday trips were down 4%, while overall spending for foreign travel dropped 3% to £3.71 billion in the first two months of 2011.
With finances under pressure many tourists seem to be making cutbacks, but they should not cut corners when it comes to travel insurance as there are some great deals available offering peace of mind at little cost.
Overall Britons made nearly 6.6 million trips to overseas destination in January-February, the figure remaining largely unchanged from the same period last year.
Meanwhile, overseas residents made 3.8 million visits to the UK in the first two months this year - down 1% from same period last year.
While the number of foreign residents visiting for holiday purposes dipped 5% in the first two months of this year, business trips rose 13%, the figures show.
Overseas residents spent £1.94 billion during their trips in the UK in January-February 2011 - a 1% fall on the first two months of last year.
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