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UK ‘staycations’ favoured by motorists this summer

UK ‘staycations’ favoured by motorists this summer

 

UK drivers are planning to favour a ‘staycation’ this summer as lockdown measures continue to ease across the country.


UK staycation: a holiday spent in the UK rather than abroad

Of the 3,200 people surveyed by the RAC, just one-in-three expect to take the summer holiday they had planned before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and the majority plan to go away in the UK instead.

Despite the pandemic, almost seven-in-10 of those who have either had their summer holiday cancelled or expect to cancel it said they still wanted to get away if possible.

Of these people, most are planning a staycation, with just 13 per cent still expecting to go abroad and a further seven per cent hoping to take a road trip across the Channel.

Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Breakdown, said: “While a good proportion of drivers we surveyed remain optimistic about taking the holiday they had planned before the lockdown, most are anticipating having to make changes – with a move towards UK staycations the favoured option.

“The fourth of July is being rumoured as the day when lockdown restrictions may be eased further, at least in England, with any government announcement around this needing to be made by 29 June.

“Crucially, the ban on overnight stays would need to be lifted, and it may also be the case that would-be holidaymakers wait to see whether groups of family and friends are permitted to share accommodation before committing to any plans.

“When it comes to any foreign trips this summer – by car, train or air – much will inevitably depend on whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office changes its travel advice, as well as any quarantine requirements holidaymakers may have to take at their destination or on their return.

“If summer holidays do become a reality for people this year, and some tourist amenities are allowed to reopen, we’d anticipate some large spikes in weekend leisure traffic on major routes to the coasts, lakes and mountains. Camping and caravan sites, as well as hotel and self-catering accommodation, are also likely to be booked up quickly.”

Coronavirus fears still linger among many holidaymakers though, as half of those who said they would not rearrange cancelled plans expect not to travel at all this summer. Meanwhile, 51 per cent said they don’t expect government travel restrictions to lift in time for summer holidays abroad.

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