8 million visits abroad made by UK residents, with an estimated two thirds of these being for holidays.
A holiday is viewed as essential by much of the population and is something most people choose not to miss out on.
The mode of transport, however, can ensure that said holiday is a large investment, especially if a family chooses to fly.
As well as often being very expensive, a flight can be a difficult event - check-in can be a lengthy and frustrating process; there is the possibility of losing baggage; very little space to move around in, and tourists have to rely on reliable connections at both ends.
Add to this the negative environmental implications of air travel, and finding an alternative to flying may become an attractive option for some.
Driving may be the solution.
With the recent financial climate, and taking into account that airlines are being viewed as less reliable than they once were, British tourists may choose to holiday by car.
As well as being better for the environment and usually much cheaper, there are fewer restrictions on families, so a holiday can be more relaxed; with the journey being more than just a means to an end.
If they choose, a family can stop where they hadn't planned, take a different route or get out and move around, and stretch their legs at any number of 'comfort' stops.
For people in the UK, what makes the option even more attractive is that so much of Europe is on their doorstep.
With the channel tunnel connecting London and Paris, and there being a variety of sea crossings between the British coast and Spain, France, Holland, Belgium or Scandinavia, the continent is hugely accessible.
When planning a road-based holiday to Europe, however, it is important for families to bring a few essentials, and to make sure they're ready for what a long drive may throw at them.
The vehicle should be well maintained and checked prior to setting off - the tyres should be fully inflated to their correct pressure, the engine checked over and the oil and windscreen washer tanks full.
Upon setting off, there are important things to remember to take.
For the car, a spare tyre - and the tools to fit it; oil and window washer fluid, and spare spark plugs may all come in useful.
For the people travelling, warm clothes and spare food and water are very important, as is a means of communication, such as a mobile phone or radio.
A detailed map, and even a compass, will help when navigating and should help stop families getting lost.
Finally, legal currency (made simple since the introduction of the Euro), tax documents and each individual's passport, shouldn't be forgotten.
When planning a trip abroad by car, ensuring a vehicle is insured for use outside the UK is another hugely important thing to remember, so finding the right car insurance quote and taking along all documentation for the ride may be top of the list of priorities.
This way, car owners can enjoy their trip without any unnecessary worry and maybe even decide they never need fly again.