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Long-haul travel 'more popular'

The internet has helped increase the popularity of long-haul travel to exotic destinations, a new study suggests.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has reported that the number of UK holidaymakers travelling abroad increased by one per cent in the year to May 2007.

However, fewer people are visiting Europe and the US, favouring other long-haul destinations instead. In fact, the number of holidaymakers jetting off to exotic locations increased by nine per cent in the year.

Despite these trends, the ABTA figures showed that most of the top five holiday destinations remain in Europe, with Spain holding on to its position as the most popular choice for Brits.

The top five also included France, Italy and Greece - with the US as the only non-European country to appear.

Recently, experts said that it was important for people planning exotic trips to take appropriate medical precautions before departing.

Tips included making sure all injections were up-to-date and appropriate and considering comprehensive travel insurance.

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