Holidays to Thailand are popular because these nations will not be participating in the World Cup.

Non-football fans are heading to far-flung destinations in a  bid to escape the World Cup this summer.

According to research from Holidays-Direct.co.uk, Thailand, Bulgaria, India, Tunisia and Turkey are the most popular locations for those looking for a football-free time.

Those who love the beautiful game are planning to head to cities all over Europe, with Milan, Barcelona, Faro and Crete all popular destinations.

The website claims holidays to Thailand, India and other long-haul destinations are popular because these nations will not be participating in the event.

“Non World Cup fans book holiday resorts where countries didn’t qualify for the World Cup and football fans tend to book countries related to the FIFA World Cup,” it added.

While the World Cup will be held in South Africa, the country has much more to offer than just football, Graham Boynton of the Sydney Morning Herald recently commented.

People catching a cheap flight to South Africa will not want to miss out on catching a glimpse of the country’s famed wildlife, with Mr Boynton recommending Kruger National Park.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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