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City breaks

With summer fast approaching, it’s no surprise that many of us are starting to look at our travel plans. And with city breaks challenging beach holidays as the top travel choices for this year, we’ve put together a guide to some of the most exciting places to visit in Europe this summer. You can explore our Top 10 by clicking around our interactive map below.

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Travel Trends

In 2015, we made 65.3 million visits abroad, and 51.5 million of those visits were to European countries, with Spain, France and Portugal all proving popular locations.  

Looking ahead to this summer and it would seem that many of us are excited to travel more. According to ABTA’s Travel Trends 2016, almost a quarter (23%) of us are predicting that we’ll spend more on our holidays this year. And excitingly, 1 in 5 of us seem set on travelling to a country we’ve never been to before. And with city breaks challenging beach holidays as the top travel choices for this year, we’ve put together a guide to some of the most exciting places to visit in Europe this summer. 

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According to our latest research, short breaks accounted for over 20% (20.02) of all travel quotes conducted on site in the last 12 months. And of the options available, short breaks to Europe accounts for over half (55%) of all short breaks (trips of 4 days of fewer) quoted for on site. Interestingly, short breaks within the UK came in second place highlighting the growing popularity of the staycation.

Furthermore, we can see from our research that some months are more popular for city breaks than others. Based on the number of quotes we received on site since April 2015, we can see that the most popular month for European city break travel was May, closely followed by June and April. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are fewer people keen to take a short break in the colder months with some of the fewest visits occurring in December, November and February.   

And whilst all of this shows the popularity of the humble city break, what’s also reassuring is that many of you are insuring yourself while you’re off exploring. And why wouldn’t you? Our data shows that it costs on average just £7.51 to insure yourself for a three day trip to Europe, and just £9.02 if you’re away for four days. And it’s even cheaper for those of you off an romantic break, as a three day trip for a couple costs on average just £9.14, or £11.04 if you’re away for four days. 

City breaks becoming more popular

Gemma Sonfield, our Head of Travel Insurance, says “With the bank holidays around the corner, it’s a great time to be looking at new places to travel. City breaks are becoming a more popular option for those looking for a long-weekend away and our city break guide might help you find your next destination. And with three day travel insurance policies costing on average just £7.51 for a single traveller, it’s easy and affordable to make sure you’re covered whilst away on your adventures.”

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