Trips to parts of the world outside Europe and North America are becoming increasingly popular, according to research by the Office for National Statistics.

UK residents’ visits overseas over the year to August rose by 1% during compared with a year earlier, an increase of around one million trips, the ONS found.

While visits to North America and Europe increased by 1% (to 4.8million and 54.8 million respectively), trips to other parts of the world rose at a much higher rate, up by 7% to 10 million.

However, in the three months to August 2007 the number of trips abroad by UK residents fell by 2% to 17.2 million compared to the previous quarter – a similar decrease when compared to the summer season last year.