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You could fly to New York in the amount of time you'll be sat on the road this Bank Holiday

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This bank holiday, Brits could get to New York in the same amount of time as they would spend on the road.

Being strategic about how and when to travel could help avoid spending all the time that should be on the beach stuck in traffic.

Travelling 100 miles or less from London will take almost 70 percent longer than usual this weekend, according to research from Virgin Atlantic.

A weekend excursion to the Lake District will take up to 8 hours of travelling on the road this Friday, beating the 7 hours and 35 minutes you'd spend flying into New York. Flights with Virgin Atlantic begin at just over £300.

Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, said, “Many of us are willing to spend countless hours travelling around the UK over the bank holiday, but very few think about the possible destinations we could reach in the same time.”

Planning on heading up to Scotland? You'd better strap in for a long journey, with estimates that reaching Glasgow by car will take up to 9 hours and Loch Ness an eye-watering 12 and a half hours!

Bank holiday city spot Edinburgh will take anywhere up to 13 hours to reach on the road from London, meaning the only scenery you'd be soaking up is from the inside of a sweaty car.

Graham Cookson, head of research and chief economist of INRIX, said, “Popular bank holiday destinations, such as Brighton, could take almost double the time to travel to, leaving your time enjoying the beach significantly reduced.”

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