Survey after survey shows that people continue to regard holidays as a priority – Guardian readers take a total of 4.8 million holidays a year, and Observer readers take 3.6 million- so let's check out some of this year's winners in the Guardian Travel Awards…
Favourite UK city
The award for most awards goes to Edinburgh – winner for the 11th consecutive year. With its internationally renowned festivals, fine dining, history, culture and precipitous location, it's hard to see it being toppled.
1 Edinburgh 2 York 3 Durham 4 Bath 5 Cambridge
Favourite overseas city
Sydney, winner for the previous two years, slips down to third to be replaced by Tokyo – home of all things hi-tech, modish and online – which storms in from nowhere in a bold neon blaze
1 Tokyo 2 Berlin 3 Sydney 4 San Francisco 5 Krakow
Favourite European country
After three years at the top, Switzerland makes way for Austria. Could it be anything to do with Linz being joint European capital of culture last year?
1 Austria 2 Switzerland 3 Sweden 4 Croatia 5 Italy
Croatia retains its authenticity, lifestyle and excellent wines and food, remaining one of the last unspoiled parts of the Med. Travelex has recently voted it one of the best value holidays for holidaymakers hunting for some end of year sun.Google+