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Despite the country's purse strings remaining tight, UK holidaymakers are planning on spending a record amount on their trips abroad this year.

The average tourist will spend £3,890 on overseas breaks in 2012, with Spain being the the most popular destination, taking in £1.8 billion from UK holidaymakers.

The country, which includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is a popular choice for Britons due to its sandy beaches, top temperatures andshort flight times from airports such as Heathrow and Stansted.

The Visa Europe Travel Report added that other top spots for breaks for Britons were France, the USA, Italy and Australia - however a new trend is also arising.

Remote destinations are becoming increasingly popular, according to the report, with more people eager to visit St Helena, in the South Pacific Ocean, Comoros in the Indian Ocean and Guinea in West Africa. These destinations have shown the biggest year on year increase in expenditure.

Despite the increasingly tough economic climate, British holidaymakers still spent a record £12.4 billion on their visits overseas, which was a 2% rise from the previous year.

This all-time high amount of spending was due to 137 million holiday transactions made by Britons last year, ranging from their initial trip booking, eating and drinking out when on holiday to airport transfers.