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Travellers taking shorter trips

Travellers taking shorter trips

Travellers are taking shorter but more frequent holidays.

A study by financial services company Visa has found that, on average, people are going on shorter breaks - down to eight nights from 10 back in 2013. However, there has been an increase in the average number of trips taken in the same time period, up from 2.5 trips to 2.7 trips. It is American residents who took, on average, the most trips in 2017 - 3.2 trips, way above the world average.

And when people do go abroad, they're not content with visiting just one place as 11 percent of international travel sees the person visit more than one destination.

Japan has become a popular place to vacation, overtaking the United States as the most popular destination to visit, particularly amongst travellers in the Asian region. For United States residents, they prefer travelling to continental Europe but Mexico, Canada and Japan are also popular haunts.

When it comes to spending on holiday, 77 percent of people prefer to use cash for their purchases. However, this gives an increased anxiety as holidaygoers said having their cash stolen was one of their main concerns whilst abroad.

Lynne Biggar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Visa, said: "We are excited to see the desire for global travel grow as technology becomes integral in every stage of the travelers' journey. Using your Visa card abroad means a safe, secure, seamless and convenient experience, without the worry of carrying cash. As more people travel internationally in 2018, we look forward to helping travelers make the most of their trips."

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