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62% Of Brits Plan To Take UK Break This Year

With rules around international travel still uncertain but hospitality opening up even further from today, Brits are seeking out new ways to get their holiday fix as they plan ‘staycations’ around the UK.

Research by Auto Trader[1], has revealed that almost two thirds (62%) of people are planning to holiday in the UK this year, bringing a much-welcomed boost to the British hospitality sector.
Country escapes have proved most popular, being the choice of two fifths (42%) of holidaymakers, followed by a third (33%) hoping for a beach getaway.
Since lockdown, Auto Trader has seen accelerated growth in caravans, with visits up 117% on making staycations the likely choice for many.
Over half (53%) of people said they’ll be holidaying with their family this year, as it is a great way to reconnect with loved ones after the long periods apart we have all had to ensure. Caravans safely offer the chance to reunite, as separate households can park over two metres apart and enjoy time outside together. Three quarters (77%) of those surveyed are also planning to take their dog away with them. Over 3.2 million pets were bought by the British public during the pandemic[2], and over 60% of motorhome and caravan buyers now have their own pup. Staycations allow travellers to leave the puppy passport at home and enjoy a holiday with their four-legged friend. Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, Erin Baker, says: “More than 2 million people enjoy holidays in caravans and motorhomes each year in the UK[3] – a figure that is set to rise this year due to the third wave of COVID-19 across the EU – so it’s no surprise those looking to own their own caravan or motorhome has increased. “Holidaymakers will have to be extra savvy though when planning their trips, as sites are set to sell out quickly. Heavy congestion is likely when staycationers hit the roads around peak times, particularly the second May and August bank holidays and school summer holidays, so road trips should be planned in advance and scenic detours considered.” [1] Auto Trader UK on site survey April 2021 [2] BBC News. [3]

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