Spain has topped the list of destinations Brits would like to return to in a Holidays Extras survey that found that 60% of people said they would travel abroad this year.

The ancillaries firm found that 81% of respondents said they were looking forward to overseas travel once restrictions were lifted, with 15% saying they would board “the first plane the government says is safe”.

Of those, 16% said Spain (excluding the Canary Islands) was the place they were most looking forward to visiting, followed by 8% for the US, 5% for Greece, followed by France and Italy on 4%, the Canaries, Turkey and Portugal.


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Only 8% of travellers said that they wouldn’t consider booking international travel at the moment, with 2% of those that usually holidayed overseas saying they would stick to the UK for now.

The poll is part of regular market research by Holiday Extras an comes as the conversation into how post-Covid travel may look is underway.

Ant Clarke Cowell, associate brand director at Holiday Extras, said: “It’s clear holidaymakers are keen to get back to travelling as soon as it is safe to do so and there have already been a number of sensible precautionary measures suggested by airlines and governments that could mean package holidays that include flights, secure resort accommodation and transit from the airport resume fairly quickly.

“Countries where tourism is a big part of the economy – 20% in Greece and 15% in Spain – have a huge incentive to work together to find solutions that get people who want to travel back to their favourite destinations as soon as they can. Until this happens, looking ahead and planning where we’d like to visit after lockdown will give everyone something to look forward to once this is all over.”