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UK trips 'rising in popularity'

Stag night revellers looking to keep costs down by spending their final weekend of freedom here in the UK this year may wish to make their preparations sooner rather than later.

According to the Office for National Statistics, thousands of Brits have had the same idea - seeking to beat the effects of the credit crunch and the weaker pound by holidaying closer to home.

The number of UK residents jetting off overseas fell by 10 per cent in the year to June 2009, figures showed, with "staycations" proving popular despite the unpredictable weather.

While consumers are determined not to give up their holidays altogether in the face of the recession, they are seeking to save on costs by shunning expensive flights abroad.

Those planning a stag weekend in favourite UK holiday cities such as Brighton stag weekends, Bournemouth stag weekends and Newquay stag weekends might therefore look to book early to make sure they do not miss out.

However, according to the Association of Independent Travel Operators, there are still a number of bargain deals available for those keen to head abroad.

It cited European destinations such as Greece and Spain as ideal for stag parties seeking to soak up the sun without breaking the bank to get there.ADNFCR-2122-ID-19313287-ADNFCR