LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2012) - This year, millions of Brits are expected to leave behind their home comforts to celebrate Christmas abroad and enjoy the festivities in far-flung corners of the world. Christmas and the New Year will most likely be particularly busy periods for UK airports, with over 3.5 million holidaymakers looking set to head overseas again this year for a winter break.
So, it seems that for many families, Christmas preparations this year could be less about untangling the lights and stocking up the freezer and more about packing the suitcases and finding the passports. And, whilst traditional winter sun breaks to destinations like the Canary Islands, Egypt and Goa remain a favourite - as well as 'white Christmas' ski holidays - city breaks are also becoming a surprisingly popular choice.
All of this means we can expect to see particularly big rushes at the airport on the days leading up to Christmas and the New Year, with Saturday 22nd December and Sunday 30th December likely to be key dates for travel.
With that in mind, now is the perfect time to start planning ahead for your family Christmas break - and perhaps to time your departure dates to coincide with off-peak days for a less stressful journey. Whether you opt for a classic winter sun getaway, a snow-covered ski break or a cosmopolitan weekend away in a bustling city, there's a whole host of great value deals available to destinations around the world from Cosmos.
Plus, as well as the excitement and magic of spending Christmas somewhere new and exotic, families could potentially save money by going away for the festivities. According to MoneySupermarket figures, Brits splashed out an average of £437 per person last year, with 72% of people saying that most of their budget went on gifts for others.1
However, with cheap package holidays from Cosmos - with prices starting at just £151 per person for a holiday to Portugal's Algarve in December, for example - families could save money on their festive budget this Christmas, not to mention giving the kids (and mum and dad!) an unforgettable holiday experience - a truly exceptional gift.