More than four million people in Britain intend to take extended breaks in the coming weeks, potentially including holidays to India, it has been found.

More than four million people in Britain intend to take extended breaks in the coming weeks, potentially including holidays to India, it has been found.

Research carried out by Sainsbury’s Home Insurance found that 4.79 million people said they will spend more than a month away from their home soon, with reasons including a desire to visit family and friends, as well as a need to get away from the poor weather in the UK.

The demographic most likely to do this was the over-55s, while the under-24s were most likely to be heading out on an extended trip as part of a gap year or backpacking excursion.

This follows reports from earlier this month, in which Travelzoo said it had found that 95 per cent of people hope to go on holiday between now and June, with the average person spending £478 on their trip.

Goa could be ideal for an extended holiday, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, favourable climate and great beaches.

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