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UK set for summer staycations in 2020

What's driving the trend for caravan-based staycations in 2020? We take a look at the rising popularity of caravans and motohomes.

International travel plans seem to be more up in the air than international travellers at this point. As such, more Brits have said they’re considering UK-based ‘staycation’ holidays later this year — should lockdown permit.
We recently surveyed 2,000 UK adults about their travel plans and found that, if Government guidelines allow them to holiday at home, 40% of those asked said they’d take a 2020 staycation. Perhaps looking to make the most of their time outdoors, caravan holidays came a close second to hotel stays as the preferred accommodation (with 33% mooting a caravan and 40% looking at a hotel). A further 18% were also considering a motorhome or camper van for this year’s home-grown adventures. Related: UK holidays could return by July.
Social-distancing on staycation
Understandably, staying safe was a key factor driving many responses. 37% of those asked said they liked the idea of staying in a caravan because they could sanitise the environment properly themselves.
Additionally, 34% said a caravan appealed because they’d be better able to manage social distancing, given that they’d be the only people staying in it. The idea of holidaying in a space that you yourself own, which you can clean yourself and which won’t have been used by others recently, is definitely reassuring. Related: reasons to go on a UK caravan holiday this year.
Rising demand
Here on Auto Trader, we’ve seen views of caravan adverts increase 18% last week, and views of motorhomes adverts increased 17%, compared to the previous year.
We have thousands of caravans, from single to eight-berth, onsite and have recently launched a number of new features to help you buy and sell responsibly in during lockdown. These include live video viewings of our onsite listings, flagging where home delivery, and a special feature box that allows dealer to list the ways their keeping you safe. Learn more about those features here. If it’s your first time buying a caravan, take a look at our handy guides to why it might be a great decision, and the essentials you’ll need on a trip.

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