With freedom to travel abroad likely to remain restricted for the foreseeable future and foreign holiday budgets severely drained, the UK could experience a huge staycation boom this summer.
In fact, research even shows how the majority of British people will be seeking a holiday at home once the lockdown is over.
According to a recent poll of 2,005 UK adults conducted by UAE-based property website Bayut, more than a third (36%) of Brits will be opting for a staycation rather than travelling abroad. Why? One of the main reasons given (in true British fashion) was so they could enjoy a pint at the pub. Others said they want to eat out at a restaurant and go shopping.
The reality is that having been homebound for over a month, most Brits will be champing at the bit to enjoy the great outdoors once more. And the easiest way to do that is by having a staycation in the UK.
International travel restrictions and delays all but certain
Even if Brits wanted to travel abroad after the lockdown, there will still be a bunch of restrictions. For example, Germany has extended its international travel warning until at least June 14. Meanwhile, visitors to Spain can currently only enter if they can prove their visit is essential.
In addition, international air travel will remain an unattractive proposition because of delays, reduced schedules and hiked prices. Experts warn that international passengers could face four-hour waits to board planes after the coronavirus lockdown has been eased. Furthermore, social distancing rules, which could result in planes flying just 20% full, will likely lead to significantly increased fares.
There’s also a chance that travellers will have to undergo pre-flight health check-ups to ensure they are fighting fit before they head abroad.
Staycations looking much more attractive
Before cheaper air travel and affordable package holidays became popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, most Brits enjoyed seaside holidays at home. And that looks like a trend which is set to return, according to statistics from CabinBookers.
Their research shows that a whopping 90% of UK holidaymakers are planning on taking a domestic holiday once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been lifted. It seems we have a newfound adoration for our beautiful country, with eight in 10 people polled saying their “appreciation for UK beauty spots had increased while under lockdown”. Meanwhile, 86% of respondents said they will be planning countryside escapes instead of city breaks post-coronavirus.
So we can expect to see Devon and Cornwall’s beautiful beaches being enjoyed by Brits later this year, as well as a surge in people heading for the Lake District and other popular domestic tourism destinations.
Are you considering a UK staycation when the coronavirus lockdown is over? Why not beat the rush for holiday lets and campsites by hiring a motorhome from us. Our blog post on 5 things to consider when hiring a motorhome is a great place to start if you’ve never hired one before. And if you’ve got any questions, get in touch – we’re always here to help.