The rise of the British staycation

With uncertainty surrounding foreign travel showing no sign of subsiding, more and more people are opting to stay on British soil for their holiday.

Such is the demand for a ‘staycation’ holiday, that campsites, glamping accommodation, campervan and motorhome sharing platforms, guests houses, B&Bs, and other types of holiday accommodation up and down the country, have witnessed a surge in enquiries and bookings in recent months.

Glamping and luxury camping accommodation providers Canopy and Stars, reported that February 22, 2021 – following the news that some domestic holidays could be permitted from April 12 – was their biggest ever day for bookings in its ten-year history.

Campsites.co.uk, which partners with over 3,000 camping and glamping sites across Britain, tells a similar story, having witnessed a huge increase in bookings after the roadmap out of lockdown was announced.

Changing long-term holiday habits

Aspirations to stay within Britain to holiday isn’t just a short-term fix to the Covid-19 crisis. A survey of holiday and travel intentions commissioned by TomTom, shows that in the longer-term, 48% of Britons admit that the pandemic has made them more appreciative of Britain as a holiday destination, which may have an impact on their choice of holiday locations in the future.

The same number of participants of the survey said they are more likely to holiday in the UK even when the pandemic is over.

Staycations are the only option

The same survey explored the main reasons people were opting to holiday in Britain instead of going abroad. Travel restrictions and quarantines were citied by 53% of the survey’s participants as the principal reason for avoiding foreign travel.

31% said a lack of money is what is preventing them from going overseas on holiday this year.

Having the right insurance in place

For the operators of glamping and camping sites and other holiday accommodation, the surging demand for domestic travel that shows no sign of abating, highlights the importance of having the right insurance in place to protect employees and visitors.

Nelson Policies at Lloyd’s offers sports and leisure products designed to take care of the unique needs of leisure venues. Our Caravan Park Site Operators policy caters for holiday and residential park site operators, as well as touring caravan and campsite operators across the UK.

Get in contact with our Sports division for more information on our Sports & Leisure products and our Caravan Park Site Operators policy.

 

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