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More Britons planning to go without holidays

The number of Britons planning on taking no trips away next year is on the rise, according to a poll.

In 2009, a total of 10 per cent took no breaks, but this figure will increase to 18 per cent in 2010, the survey from travelsupermarket.com found.

Those taking one break away will increase from 26 per cent in 2009 to 33 per cent in 2010, with those taking two trips away rising from 26 per cent to 29 per cent, the poll of 2,000 people also showed.

The number planning three trips next year is 13 per cent compared with 12 per cent in 2009, while 4 per cent intend to have four holidays in 2010 (compared with 5 per cent in 2009) and 4 per cent are planning five or more trips next year (3 per cent in 2009).

Travelsupermarket.com said Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Poland were the best value-for-money destinations in 2010, while the most popular holiday spots overall were Turkey, Egypt and Spain.

The company forecast a surge in visits to South Africa where the football World Cup is being staged in summer 2010 and also predicted that ski holidays could decline next year.

Bob Atkinson, of travelsupermarket.com said: "Price will be king in 2010, with savvy travellers holding off for last-minute deals, keeping an eye on the strength of the pound and capitalising on the 'voucher culture' which has swept the nation. These methods, in the main, will lead to great deals.

"The 'staycation' is likely to continue but Brits hoping for a value getaway will look to destinations outside the eurozone. Assuming the value of the pound remains roughly the same, Turkey, Egypt and Bulgaria will continue to be very popular. Dubai also has some amazing deals at the moment.

"According to our search data, Bangkok in Thailand is the most searched for flight destination over the Easter holidays in 2010.

"But we mustn't forget those who travel for travel's sake. For example, hardcore football fans will travel to the World Cup in South Africa regardless of cost."

Meanwhile, another survey - by travel guide site http://www.simonseeks.com - listed the top destinations for 2010 as Spain, USA, France, Italy and Greece.

This poll also revealed that 41 per cent of Britons intend to spend less on trips next year than this year.

Another holiday forecast - from Expedia.co.uk - showed that trips to Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia were likely to prove popular in 2010.

For long-haul travellers, the company predicted hotspots next year could include Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia.