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Holiday envy driving exotic breaks

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A new survey by Teletext Holidays has found that a quarter of people in the UK have booked an exotic holiday after growing envious of their friends' overseas trips.

The poll of 3,000 Britons found that viewing friends' holiday snaps, listening to accounts of their trip and reading updates about their excursion on social networking websites often leave people feeling jealous.

However, holidaymakers might be less keen to brag about their trip if they suffer a theft without being covered by a travel insurance policy.

People are most likely to feel envious about their friends' trip to Australia, followed by getaways to the Bahamas, Barbados and the US.

Of those questioned, 27% admit to being so envious of their friend's getaway that they end up arranging their own trip soon after.

Mark Bloxham, marketing director of Teletext Holidays, said: "It's not surprising that holiday envy is on the rise. Social networking sites make it easier than ever to gloat about where you've been or where you are going."

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