People forced to take a snow day from work yesterday (February 2nd) spent their time booking travel – perhaps including holidays to Australia- it has been claimed.

People forced to take a snow day from work yesterday (February 2nd) spent their time booking travel – perhaps including holidays to Australia- it has been claimed.

The discount website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk said that online shopping was 392 per cent higher than on an ordinary Monday, reaching levels normally seen during the Christmas period.

Holidays were among the most popular purchases, perhaps due to people growing tired of the long, cold British winter. It could also have been down to people spending more time on the computer instead of braving the roads.

Mark Pearson, managing director of the company, said: “Online shopping has snowballed because it can in no way be affected by the adverse weather conditions.”

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance recently revealed that 28 per cent of people in the UK will have booked their holidays by the end of this month, with 95 per cent of people intending to get away at least once before June.

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