Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…
And it’s looking like we probably will this year, albeit, in our own country rather than some tropical retreat. But it’s not like the UK is short of beautiful destinations, boasting beauty spots such as Cornwall, the Lake District and Scotland – to name a few.
In a study conducted by CabinBookers just last month, it appears staycations are set to boom this year, as many Brits look for alternative holiday options due to closed borders and travel restrictions.
Quizzing hundreds of Brits about their holiday plans and preferences for 2020, a whopping 90% of participants said that they plan to holiday in the UK once the restrictions are lifted, with 44% stating this was due to the pandemic leaving them with tighter budgets.
Additionally to stating they’d be having a staycation this year, 8 in 10 people admitted that they now had a higher appreciation for the UK’s beauty spots, with 86% choosing a countryside holiday over a city break. That’s the Peak District booked out this year, then!
But it’s not just the pandemic that has people looking a little closer to home for their well-deserved break. In fact, 66% of participants said they were concerned about airplane carbon emissions, and that this issue would limit their foreign travel – with 7 in 10 people saying they’ll be spending more money on British holidays in the future, too.
While the data suggests British tourism will be thriving after a two-month halt in the industry, it also indicates that holidays abroad may suffer in both the long term and the short term, as only 32% of people questioned expressed interest in travelling abroad after the COVID-19 outbreak.