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ABTA reveals top winter holiday destinations

ABTA’s latest research shows that 46% of people questioned are hoping to take a winter holiday this year.

Today, the red list drops to just seven destinations, while the FCDO no longer advises against travel to non-red list countries on Covid-19 grounds. Winter holidays are back in business, and bookings are up.

ABTA has conducted research on how many people are hoping to take a winter holiday this year, and the results show that almost half – 46% – either have booked or are planning to book a holiday in the coming months.

The UK winter is the best time of year to visit many overseas destinations, and ABTA has put together its top picks for holidaymakers eager to escape to warmer climes.

The Canary Islands

Just over four hours from the UK by plane, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) are a firm winter holiday favourite. Sandy beaches and water parks make them a clear choice for families, while hikers and climbers can explore Mount Teide in Tenerife.


Can I travel to Turkey?

East meets West in Turkey, where great-value winter sun comes with a healthy serving of culture, ancient history and amazing gastronomy. Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has some of the warmest weather, plus stunning natural landscape and stylish resorts.



From October onwards, Dubai comes into its own as the UAE cools down from the blistering summer heat. With average temperatures of 25C, it’s an ideal destination for shopping, staying in luxury hotels and enjoying world-class entertainment.

The Caribbean


Jamaica and Barbados are perfect for a winter break thanks to their tropical climates and laidback way of life. White-sand, palm-fringed beaches, dotted with beach shacks serving fresh-caught grouper and lobster, set the scene for properly getting away from the British drizzle.

Mauritius and the Maldives

Some winter holidaymakers have been saving up for a blowout. The Indian Ocean’s idyllic islands of Mauritius and the Maldives are unrivalled for a luxury beach break amid turquoise lagoons and colourful reefs.

When planning their well-deserved winter break, ABTA is advising holidaymakers to seek the expertise of an ABTA Member and visit the FCDO travel advice pages for their intended destination to check local rules and entry requirements.

ABTA also has a hub of essential information and guidance, to help holidaymakers book and travel with confidence this year.