Single-night holidays are increasing in popularity as travellers look to get away but cut costs, it was revealed today.

And UK towns are among the most popular spots for these so-called "nano-breaks, a survey by found.

There has been a 29 per cent increase in the number of UK holidaymakers searching for single-night trips in the last year, the company found.

One-night stays in Brighton and Bournemouth increased 140 per cent in January 2009, while the rise for the Italian city of Florence was a massive 532 per cent.

Single-night stays to Marrakech in Morocco and to Venice have also increased markedly so far this year. communications director Alison Couper said: "All of our research shows that people see holidays as a right not a luxury and the rise in searches for nano-breaks is further evidence of holidaymakers' determination to keep travelling.

"The simple act of going on holiday for just a single night is relaxing and a change from the stresses and strains of life, so travellers are keen to make sure that they are getting away from it all, if only for a couple of days."