An increase in the number of people from the UK taking overseas holidays has been recorded.

The number of people taking holidays overseas from the UK saw an increase last month after several years of decline.

The Office for National Statistic announced the number of people taking flights overseas increased by 0.8 per cent during February compared with the same month of 2011.

In total, 3.3 million trips abroad were made by British holidaymakers during the month, compared with the 3.2 million departures seen in the same month of the previous year.

Recording even a small increase is significant, as the numbers heading overseas have been stagnant for the past four years.

While people are taking more trips abroad, they are also spending less on their travel, suggesting they are looking for bargains on their flights and accommodation.

Many Brits could be looking to take a break that can help to improve their health, as a study by Health and Fitness Travel found 94 per cent of people would like to improve their wellbeing during an overseas trip.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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