We analysed the most recent available data from the ONS to get some insight into the travel industry, as it stands today. Read on to see how many holidays people in the UK take, where they’re going, and how much they spend while they’re there. Don’t miss our handy travel guide to find the best holiday deals for you and your family along the way.
The latest facts and figures
In 2017, the average UK resident was abroad for a total of 10.2 nights, and spent £616 while there. In total, 72.8 million trips were taken, amounting to £44.8 billion spent abroad by tourists from the UK.
spent abroad by the average UK resident in 2017
spent in total by tourists from the UK.
What are the UK’s top travel destinations?
Spain tops the list, with 15.87 million visitors from the UK in 2017. France is second, with 8.86 million. Italy is next with less than half that number, at 4.16 million visitors. The full top ten list can be seen below.
Travel trends of the UK
Generally speaking, this country’s residents are taking more holidays, and spending more of their hard-earned pounds while away.
The yearly number of trips abroad is increasing
In 2017, UK residents took 72.8 million trips overseas in total. That was an 3% increase from 2016, or 2 million more visits. The number of trips has been steadily increasing for years, having gone up by 29% (or 16.2 million trips) since 2012, as can be seen in our chart below. The average number of nights spent abroad, on the other hand, has remained relatively unchanged, with the average hovering just above ten nights.
The UK’s favourite destinations have remained largely unchanged since 2012, with the biggest difference coming from Poland joining the ranks, knocking Belgium off the list. Spain’s number 1 spot has become even safer, as the yearly number of visitors has increased by over 4 million, a larger increase than that of any other country on the list.
Georgia-Rose is a publisher at Finder.com and specialises in all things shopping and travel. She has years of experience working in retail and tourism and as an avid budget traveller, she loves helping people find the best deals on everything from plane tickets to sunglasses.
When she's not jetting off somewhere new you'll find her watching cake videos or befriending stray cats.
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