People going on holidays to Australia are likely to do it to spend quality time with family, according to new research.

Family time is the greatest priority for Britons trying to get away, a new study has shown.

HolidayExtras.com polled 1,300 of its customers to ask what the best thing about a break was.

The top answer was being with loved ones.

Whether buying flights to Thailand or holidays in Sydney, 42 per cent of respondents said spending time with people they care about was the best part of being away on holiday.

But 35 per cent said that the main thrill was in exploring a new place, while 17 per cent simply wanted to sunbathe and relax.

Relationships expert James Rye said that holidays allow people to rediscover their loved ones, away from the routine of normal day-to-day living.

Gocompare.com recently reported that most Britons are planning to go away in order to escape the gloomy summer.

Most (56 per cent) of people hope to plan a foreign holiday in the next six months, with only 19 per cent saying they are not thinking at all about going overseas.

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