If any proof was needed to demonstrate that the British are over their fear of flying and intend to go on holiday as usual this year, it appears that not even the Queen's Golden Jubilee is holding people back. Travel agents and tour operators have reported a huge increase in overseas short-break bookings for the May Bank Holiday, bookings are apparently up by 29 per cent on the long weekend last year. This year the traditional late May Bank Holiday has been moved so that the nation can enjoy two consecutive days off, on 3 and 4 June and most Britons intend to make the most of the holiday, by going abroad. The school half-term week has also been shifted to include the Golden Jubilee holiday, but instead of planning their Jubilee celebrations, a large number of Britons are planning a trip to Spain, which is the number one destination for the re-scheduled half term. The outlook for the summer however is still not as bright as expected, but the latest reports indicate that the holiday market is picking up fast, with short-breaks being the big winner at the moment to destinations such as Paris and Rome.

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