Families opt for UK holidays due to COVID-19 fears
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Nov 9, 2021
Families opt for UK holidays due to COVID-19 fears

Despite international travel returning, many families in the UK are still opting to take holidays at domestic destinations. COVID-19-induced anxiety is leaving people feeling safer at home, which may benefit the British economy and give a boost to local travel businesses.

The 2021 Travelodge Holiday Index survey found that staycations remained the norm throughout the October half-term holiday in 2021, with 47% of families taking short breaks across the UK – up from 35% in October 2020. The survey also noted that people spent more than in 2020, splashing out an average of £495.51 per trip, compared to £341.80 in 2020. Despite the increase, around 20% of families feel that short breaks around the UK are cheaper than keeping children entertained at home. “Britons are still determined to make up for lost travel time due to the pandemic by packing in as many trips as they can,” says Shakila Ahmed, communications director at Travelodge.