Brits urged to ebook their staycations asap
After a similar boom in 2020 that sold out campsites and holiday parks in popular vacation spots, British holidays are already in demand for the summer.
As travel restrictions and border closings continue and the lockdown is expected to last until Easter, a stay this year is becoming more and more likely.
British holidays are likely to be the most popular this yearCredit: Alamy
Last summer there were last minute travel restrictions for various foreign countries in the summer, which resulted in Brits returning to the UK before the quarantine restrictions went into effect.
Families nervous about getting caught up in something similar this summer are choosing to stay closer to home for their annual break.
As a result, holiday parks and campsites are already reporting a huge influx of reservations and Britons looking to take a domestic vacation are encouraged to book soon.
Visit Cornwall boss Malcom Bell told the Telegraph that bookings for the vacation hotspot have increased by as much as 50 percent, not just due to pre-reservations but also due to people postponing their 2020 vacation to 2021.
Vacation rental Holidaycottages.co.uk saw bookings jump 85 percent from the previous week, while Away Resorts saw bookings boom, up 14 percent year over year.
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Campsites and holiday parks were sold out last year and are expected to sell out again this yearCredit: Alamy
Last year, people were still looking at the 2021 public holidays.
Camping website Pitchup.com had 1,400 bookings for this summer – a 500 percent increase – while Canopy and Stars, which offer glamping vacations, had more bookings for August 2021 than last August and twice as many bookings for May this year Record year.
With the lack of demand comes more expensive travel – last year’s boom also meant that tour operators struggled to raise their prices to offset lost profits.
Facebook user Sallyanne said she “looked at Haven on Sunday evening, booked Monday morning and the price doubled.”
Another added, “So we can look forward to the domestic vacation rates going through the roof.”
A number of MPs have already warned against taking precautionary measures when booking a vacation abroad and recommending a stay in the UK later this year.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “I’m going to Cornwall. And I said before I think we are going to have a great British summer.”
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab agreed and told LBC Radio about trips abroad: “I think it’s too early at the moment, I think you have to follow the instructions we are issuing.”
Some MPs have warned against vacation abroad and announced that they will stay at home this year as wellCredit: Alamy
Dr. Hilary had an even gloomier attitude about going abroad this year during Good Morning Britain: “I think the people who think of holidays this summer are barking at the wrong tree, I really do.”
“Not only because the situation is not getting better here, but also because we are lagging behind with vaccinations and people get nervous about going somewhere and getting stuck there.”
However, some government officials are more optimistic – Tory MP Sir Graham Brady said, “It’s good news that the vaccination program is going so well.
“There should be a clear schedule for unlocking as more and more people are being protected. And hopefully people can have their summer vacation. “
PC Agency’s Paul Charles also said he expects short haul destinations like Greece and Spain to be reopened to the UK by the summer.
The British are keen to welcome European destinations back this summer, particularly Greece, Spain and Cyprus, which rely on British travelers, and are looking into mandatory negative tests and vaccination records so that the trip can resume.
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Brits looking to book a vacation abroad should check the terms and conditions prior to booking. Some tour operators and airlines offer hassle-free refunds, while others provide refunds or travel vouchers.
Package tours are also ATOL protected. If the vacation can’t take place, your money will be protected.
Anyone booking a trip abroad this year should be prepared for changes at short notice, including new entry restrictions and border closings.
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