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Britons are still desperate to head abroad

Although the global economy is still in such a poor shape, people in the UK are not willing to sacrifice their annual break in order to save money.

According to American Express, two-thirds of British adults are planning to take an overseas adventure holiday at some point in 2012.

Head of British Airways American Express Credit Cards at American Express Julie Hay said that travellers are increasingly keen to experience new destinations, with Colombia proving particularly popular.

ABTA - The Travel Association confirmed that places offering good views of the Northern Lights are in high demand too.

A growing number of tourists are also booking Egypt holidays this year, with sunny coastal regions like Sharm el Sheikh expected to attract more than their fair share of visitors.

"This year 23.6 million UK adults intend to take a 'major' trip of a week or longer, according to research from American Express," Ms Hay commented.