Some 15 million Britons are planning to take a winter holiday this year, it has emerged.

Some 15 million Britons are planning to take a winter holiday this year, it has emerged.

Abbey Credit Cards research found that people are treating themselves to a break due to the lack of summer sunshine seen in Britain this year, with 1.1 million reporting that it will be their first holiday abroad in three years.

Holidays to Dubai and India may increase, as it was found that over half a million people are planning to head to the Middle East, while 744,000 are due to go to Asian destinations.

Another 718,000 said they intend to visit destinations in Africa.

Callum Gibson, head of Abbey Credit Cards, remarked: “Clearly many Britons are in need of escaping our gloomy weather and heading overseas.”

Earlier this month, Conde Naste Traveller magazine recommended Goa as an ideal location for some sunshine and a break from the British winter, thanks to its temperate climate and golden beaches.

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