British holidaymakers have changed the way they book their trips, which means they could be missing out on the cheap flights on offer, an expert has said.

Travellers from the UK have changed their booking habits when  it comes to flying, it has been revealed.

According to Skyscanner, this could mean tourists are missing out on the cheap flights to Thailandor India, for example.

Research released by the organisation found that, in 2009, British holidaymakers searched for flights an average of 34 days before they travelled, compared with 146 days ahead of their trip the year before.

Barry Smith, co-founder and director at the company, attributed the change to the instability in the jobs market and within the economy due to the recession.

“The irony of this is that although people are understandably keen to be financially prudent, it can be self-defeating as it’s almost always cheaper to book flights in advance,” he explained.

Earlier this week, a report released by the Post Office provided some good news for British travellers. Due to the strengthening of the pound, tourists will get more for their money in a number of popular destinations, including Egypt and Turkey.

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