Nearly a fifth of people in the UK planning to go on holiday in 2018 will start preparing more than six months before they’re due to to jet off, new research has found.

Florida4Less, which conducted a study into people’s holiday preparation habits, also found that we spend, on average, around £350 each preparing for a getaway - enough for another holiday booking in itself.

According to the research, 19% of people in the UK who have already booked a break for 2018 will start preparing for their trip more than six months before the day they’re due to jet off, with 21% buying new clothes as their first step.

The study also found the average amount that people spend on specific preparations: £42 on gym memberships/personal training, £30 on fitness and diet foods or supplements, £52 on clothes and accessories, £29 on beauty treatments, £36 on new luggage and £21 on toiletries including sun creams.

The research also discovered that we spend a further £140, on average, on other activities in the run-up to a holiday. In total, UK holidaymakers will spend around £350 preparing for each break.

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