Advantage reveals most popular month for summer 2023 holidays

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The Advantage Travel Partnership says shoulder-season holidays are selling well so far this year, with more people booking to travel in May 2023 than any other month this summer.

Advantage saw sales on Sunshine Saturday up 117% on the same Saturday in 2022 and says that, since the beginning of the year, sales across Advantage travel agents is up 75% compared to the same period in 2022.  

Last week weekly trading was up 87% week-on-week and May 2023 was the top-selling month, with the shoulder season and family bookings particular strong.

Almost a third (30%) of holidays that were booked last Saturday are departing in the next 12 weeks and the top-selling destinations being booked are Spain, followed by Greece, Turkey and the US.

Advantage predicts sales are very likely to remain high into Blue Monday, the name given to the third Monday in January which has been coined as the most depressing day of the year.  

Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of The Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “Despite the difficult economic climate, people are clearly reluctant to give up their holidays and are making the most of the great deals that are on offer.  

“For those looking to book a getaway to beat Blue Monday there continues to be some amazing deals still to be had with Bulgaria and Estonia great examples for those looking for wonderful beaches at a lower price point. Sicily and Sardinia are also great value destinations for 2023 due to the increase in flights operating from the UK and Malta is among the best-value destinations for some winter sun.   

“Our Sunshine Saturday figures show that people are already thinking about saving on their trips by travelling in the shoulder season and if it’s possible to do so, avoiding peak times really does help save on costs. It can mean cheaper flights, cheaper hotels and the opportunity of visiting major sights without the crowds.”

“There are also great deals to be had if holidaymakers are willing to be flexible on dates, location and airport. For example, there are cheaper flights to Turkey if you fly into Dalaman where you can easily visit the resort of Marmaris. Being creative with where you stay can also be cost effective like choosing smaller family run accommodation over hotels.

“For those looking to book a getaway without stretching their budget it’s worth trying something new when looking for a destination, many of the traditional holidays come with higher price tags as they are in high demand.

“There are bargains to be had by branching out, especially if a tour operator has just added a new destination to their programme and are encouraging people to travel there.”

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