Despite the relaxation of coronavirus regulations governing travel, the number of inquiries for staycations for next year continues to climb. There is a change in the way we travel because many people choose to stay closer to home.
Foreign vacations have been off the table for millions of people this year. However, Brits have rediscovered the wonders of their own country.
It appears that the love affair with one’s own backyard will continue as an interest in staycations.
UK vacation inquiries up significantly for 2022
Inquiries for vacations in the United Kingdom for 2022 have increased by 74 percent. However, families continue to be concerned about international travel in the wake of the escalating number of COVID-19 cases.
When it comes to tourists impressed by the UK’s resorts, countryside, and historical landmarks, demand is extremely strong.
One vacation cottage service said that interest in their properties has increased by 25 percent year on year. This could result in a boost to the economy as visitors are left amazed by the beaches.
One campsite firm reported that it had received thousands of reservations for camping and glamping vacations in 2022. A huge number of Brits have taken their first ever camping, caravanning, or glamping holiday. As a result, they have been delighted by what they have discovered. Let’s just hope these newbies do not forget the essentials such as a decent tent, sleeping bags, and flashlights from ecogearfx.com.
A self-catering company with vacation homes in Wales reports that many of its bookings for next year are from returning families.
The director of the firm, Under The Thatch, explained that the British people have rediscovered how incredible their country is. Therefore, they are now keen to explore it more. People who have never been to areas in Wales, for example, wish that they had gone there sooner.
According to a study carried out by Square, a financial services website, almost half of Brits (45%) are planning a staycation in summer 2022. Blackpool, with its world-famous ‘pleasure beach’, and Cornwall and Devon are amongst some of the favorites. This will continue to bring a much-needed boost for businesses in the United Kingdom. This should especially be true in the tourism and hospitality industry which received hits by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where are the top vacation hotspots in the United Kingdom?
Cornwall and the Lake District are the most popular tourist hotspots at 24% and 21% respectively. Meanwhile, Scotland and Devon are tied at 16%. North Wales rounds out the top five hotspots at 14%.
Yorkshire (13%), South Wales (11%), Blackpool and The Cotswolds (both at 10%), and Brighton (8%) round out the remainder of tourist hotspots in the United Kingdom.
Why are the Brits choosing to stay at home?
Aside from the pandemic causing the unknown still when it comes to overseas travel, there are a whole host of reasons why the Brits are choosing to staycation rather than vacation.
According to the findings of studies, the most popular reasons for consumers to enjoy a staycation were the comfortable and relaxing accommodations (34%), a change of environment (32%), less stress than traveling abroad (30%), and improved mental health (29%), while more than a quarter (27%) were pleased to support their local economies while on vacation.
The experience of nostalgic UK vacation memories was also cited by consumers (15 percent) as a reason for taking a UK vacation in 2021. More than a third (36 percent) cited fish and chips on the beach as their favorite staycation memory. Finally, more than a fifth (22 percent) recalled building sandcastles as their favorite staycation memory.