By Vicky Anscombe on 27 November 2014

According to ABTA, over 12 million Brits are set to take a winter holiday during the coming months.

ABTA's research suggests that around 43% of people interviewed are planning a winter break to feel the sun on their faces - and 18% of (possibly more adventurous) people are planning a winter sports holiday.

Skiing holidays have been on the rise since 2012 due to 'lapsed skiers' taking to the slopes again as the economy steadily recovers.

The people most likely to leave these grey, dour shores for winter sun are aged from 25-34, with over a quarter of people interviewed in this age bracket saying they'll take one. The next age group determined to avoid the big freeze are the over 65s, which suggests that winter breaks are most popular with people who more likely to able to holiday off-peak.

The most popular destinations include The Canary Islands, and North African countries such as Tunisia and Morocco. The Maldives, Antigua and Thailand are also winter holiday hotspots.

Unsurprisingly, winter sports holidays are most popular with younger travellers.

Holidaymakers aged 16-24 are over twice as likely to be taking one, and 39% of 16-24 year olds planning a winter holiday will take a winter sports holiday.

The most popular locations to hit the white stuff are France, Italy and Austria, but some travellers are branching out, and heading to ski resorts in Bulgaria, Poland and Slovenia.

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