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Got the January Blues? Book a Holiday!

Are you currently feeling the post-Christmas blues and are dreading heading back to work after eating one too many mince pies over the festive break? You're not alone. As 2015 begins and the novelty of Christmas fades for another year, many of us are struggling to adjust back to reality and are already planning their summer vacation.Given the title of 'Miserable Monday,' January 5th was the peak day for post-Christmas holiday planning which saw a 68% soar in online searches for flights, holiday packages and travel insurance.

The most popular searches were for destinations within the United States, Canada and Asia, including a rather cheap flight of £479 for a trip to Montreal.

Conducted research by British Airways revealed that individuals search for a variety of 'fantasy flights and holidays' before selecting a favourite destination to book. Sandwiched in between a burst of morning and afternoon work, the most popular time to search for flights was lunchtime.

Top five most searched flights:

  1. Boston, USA
  2. Washington DC, USA
  3. Chicago, USA
  4. Montreal, Canada
  5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Top five most searched destinations:

  1. New York, USA
  2. Orlando, USA
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Barbados
  5. Barcelona, Spain

When choosing where to go on your dream summer break, there are a variety of things to think about when booking. Flights are generally cheaper to book on a Tuesday as prices are shown to increase during the remainder of the week, with the most expensive days to fly being Friday and Saturday. If you're heading on a long haul trip why not choose an evening or very early morning flight, which some airlines class as off-peak and naturally will be cheaper.

Travel insurance is an important and necessary element when booking your holiday, ideally being purchased at the same time of booking your holiday. By doing this you are covered from the very beginning for holiday cancellation which if unexpected, could potentially lose you a lot of money as well as ruin your holiday plans.

Accommodation options vary depending on what type of trip you are looking to take as well as your overall budget. Are you looking for five star luxury with all the trimmings, or are you happy with just the basics? Hostels are becoming an ever popular option, particularly among younger tourists on a budget, however wherever you are intending to stay make sure that you do thorough research beforehand to ensure everything meets your needs. If you need to make special requirements, ensure that you notify the hotel in good time so that they can try to accommodate your requests.

Holidays are a great time to relax and unwind, so ensure you live life to the full with Alpha Travel Insurance.

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