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Spain is UK's most popular holiday destination

Spain is one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers.

A study by TravelSupermarket found that both people in the north and the south of the UK enjoy heading to the likes of Tenerife and Majorca the most, with the Balearic Islands placing in fourth. Orlando, Florida makes an appearance in the third place slot for both northerners and southerners.

The Spanish pattern continues, with northerners enjoying trips to Benidorm, the Canary Islands, Lanzarote, the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava, Gran Canaria and Menorca whilst people in the south are willing to travel further a field to visit the likes of New York, Las Vegas and the Maldives.

They wrote in their report: "In fact, our collective love for Spain is one thing that seems to unite us. And this year it was dominant across the board. Spanish destinations accounted for 60% of the northern top 20, while it was 40% for the south - and it was more or less the same story all the way back in 2015. One of the biggest changes over the last three years is Orlando. The theme park capital of the world has surged in popularity since 2015 jumping from the fringes of the top 10 to number three this year. This is possibly due to the fantastic package deals that are currently available.

"Meanwhile, New York and Las Vegas both made it into the top 10 for the north and the south. While historically popular, a recent surge for American destinations has been partially attributed to the Trump Slump, with US destinations slashing costs in an attempt to lure back tourists who may have been put off by the White House's current occupant."

Cancun in Mexico also rates highly for northerners and southerners, which is thought to be due to the pound's slumping value against the euro.

They added: "With long-haul favourites Tunisia and Egypt dropping off in recent years, and the pound's value weakening against the euro, Brits have looked further afield for their sun fix. One of the biggest climbers has been Cancun, the lively resort city on Mexico's Caribbean Coast. It came in at number six for both north and south - a few years ago it wasn't even in the top 20!

"Generally, exotic long-haul locations were more popular down south, with the likes of Barbados, Bali and Jamaica all ranking much higher than in the northern searches. Not that we're saying northerners are adventure-phobes, it's just that London's massive airport infrastructure generally gives those down south a bit more range when it comes to flights."

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