England fans plan holidays after World Cup semi-final defeat

Travel firms report increase in bookings as fans look to ease heartbreak with a getaway, and even Croatia is on the agenda
• Plus: last-minute deals

Distraught England fans are consoling themselves following Wednesday’s semi-final defeat – by booking an escape. After reports that holiday sales had slumped due to the combination of the heatwave and the World Cup, travel companies are expecting a spike in bookings over the next few days, compared with this time last year.

“By midday Thursday, we’d taken more enquiries in half a day than in the previous three and, interestingly, holidays to Croatia make up more than half of these,” said David Skillicorn of Prestige Holidays.

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