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Boxing Day turns into booking day

As many as 20% of holidaymakers are set to start their search for a getaway break today.

A survey found that more people are putting a foreign holiday at the top of their spending priorities than last year.

In a similar poll last year, just a third of people said an overseas break was their main priority whereas this year 47% have put an overseas trip at the top of their list.

Travel agent Thomas Cook, who conducted the research predicts that the most popular short-haul package holiday destination for summer 2013 will be Turkey, followed by Spain's Balearic and Canary islands.