These are the top UK destinations people are booking for their staycations
The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting restrictions on travel has had one silver lining: we’ve gained a newfound appreciation for the humble staycation.
Weeks spent within our homes has only made a trip to the countryside more appealing, with even a short jaunt out of the city feeling as exciting as jetting to farflung destinations.
But where are we planning to head around the UK?
As you might expect, loads of Brits are yearning for green spaces – perhaps as so many of us have been cooped up in flats without gardens or easy access to parks.
Airbnb has shared the top trending UK destinations for Brits booking and planning their trips around the country, noting that the top trending properties on the site for 2020 are all in the UK (pointing towards that trend for staycations going strong).
Warton in Lancashire tops the list, followed by Duns in Scotland and Snettisham, Norfolk.
Glastonbury in Somerset comes in at number four, possibly due to festivalgoers missing out on the music event of the year.
Top trending domestic destinations on Airbnb in lockdown
At the end of June, over 70% of trips booked by Brits on Airbnb were domestic, and 60% were for travel within the next month.
The most searched-for amenity in lockdown? A pool.
An Airbnb spokesperson said: ‘The easing of government restrictions is good news not only for those keen to explore and stay beyond their own four walls again, but also for the hospitality industry and Airbnb hosts who depend on the income from hosting on our platform.
‘In the last week we’ve seen a significant spike in demand as travel becomes a reality again, with our trending destinations showing people are keen to explore the many interesting towns and rural areas the nation has to offer, providing a welcome boost to local businesses.
‘The safety of guests and hosts is our key priority and we have introduced comprehensive guidelines for cleaning and home sanitization to do our bit to help people travel with peace of mind.’
Martin Swarfield, host of an Airbnb in Glastonbury, added: ‘The reopening of the UK holiday sector is great news and a welcome relief to us here in Somerset and we’re looking forward to a vintage British summer.
‘Last week’s announcement has led to us seeing a significant increase in both enquiries and bookings for July and August – something that is very welcome and we hope replicated throughout the Airbnb community and that UK staycations will be a welcome boost to local economies.’
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