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As the wind continues to howl outside, many people’s thoughts turn to booking a summer holiday – something to look forward to during the remaining winter months.

But where will we be jetting off to this year, or will we be opting to stay closer to home?

The Association of British Travel Agents say the ever-popular holiday resorts of Spain and France will continue to do well this year.

ABTA says in times of economic uncertainty many people want a tried-and-tested holiday so Greece, Italy and the USA will also continue to do well.

But its says resorts in Tunisia, along the Yucatan Penisula in Mexico and around the Red Sea in Egypt are all likely to offer good value and high quality accommodation in 2012.

Mark Tanzer, of the Association of British Travel Agents, said: “2011 has been a challenging year but the British public showed resilience when it came to their holidays and we expect a similar picture in 2012.

“The squeeze on household spending looks set to continue and this is likely to see holidaymakers become more discerning about where they spend their money and what they get for it.

“This presents a good opportunity for travel companies to offer tailored, specialist and authentic experiences, as well as all-inclusive packages for the budget conscious, that provide great value for money.”

Travel agents Thomson and First Choice agree with ABTA that Brits will be flocking to book holidays to the Balearics and mainland Spain which they know and trust.

But they also expect to see a surge in popularity for up and coming destinations like Cape Verde, Jamaica and Croatia. Mexico is also set to be a top choice for 2012, as it offers real luxury in a stunning location at good prices.

First Choice also expects a rise in bookings for all inclusive holidays as people will be looking to keep tighter control over what they spent on holiday.

So where will we be holidaying this year?

Carl Willmer, 25, of Rushden, said: “We went to Bulgaria on our honeymoon and it was a fantastic place. It was very cheap to book and very cheap when we were out there, it was something like 90p for 500ml of beer!”

And Paul McAulay, 44, of Corby, said: “This is the first year for ages that we are holidaying in the UK because the greedy tour operators put their prices up.

“No wonder Thomas Cook are struggling, not many people can afford the price.”