Many Brits appear to have left their summer plans to the last minute and are now making a late scramble to reserve holidays, according to figures from lastminute.com.
The site suggested that the indifferent start to the British summer may be a factor in the trend. Over the last seven days, as most of the UK has been drenched by rain, the number of visitors searching for holidays on the site increased by 23 per cent on the previous week.
Economic problems are also thought to have affected the trend, with holidaymakers waiting until the last minute to ensure that they are fully able to afford their trips.
The strength of the single European currency has boosted the popularity of countries outside the eurozone, with enquiries about Egypt and Turkey up 14 per cent year-on-year, Tunisia up 95 per cent and Croatia up 150 per cent.
Lastminute.com managing director John Bevan said: "This summer our customers are going where their pound will take them further and where good bargains are to be had. We are seeing a strong interest in destinations outside the euro, whether these are short- or long-haul.
"We are also noticing that Britons are trying to find ways to cut corners by spreading short breaks throughout the summer as well as throughout the year but also by finding cheaper ways to have a good time at home or abroad."