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Staycation Nation: Two Thirds Of Brits Plan To Take UK Break This Year

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Research by Auto Trader UK, has revealed that 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 42% of holidaymakers, followed by 33% hoping for a beach getaway.

Since lockdown, we have seen accelerated growth in page visits for wheeled accommodation, with visits up 148% YoY for motorhomes making staycations the likely choice for many.

53% of people said they’ll be holidaying with their family this year, seeing staycations as a chance to reconnect with loved ones after long periods apart. Motorhomes safely offer the chance to reunite, as separate households can park over two metres apart and enjoy time outside together.

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] Finder.com.