UK staycation popularity continues to grow amid airport chaos and cancellations

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Award-winning Lake District holiday park Skelwith Fold has reported an increase in reservations amid the recent airport chaos and last-minute flight cancellations. 

It was already clear that the great British staycation was experiencing a renaissance in light of easing Covid-19 restrictions, with 70 per cent of British people agreeing they’d prefer regular UK breaks to an annual overseas holiday. 

Skelwith Fold says that their sudden uplift in bookings reflects a wider trend as Brits switch to UK getaways to escape the current drama involved in jet-setting overseas. 

Henry Wild, chairman of the park, explained that people were deciding to prioritise guaranteed happy holiday memories by staying at home rather than deal with the headaches of travelling overseas post-Covid.   

He commented: “Holiday parks are proving the perfect antidote to the hassle of travelling abroad.”

“Many families made this discovery during the pandemic, and are now re-booking stays because the experience is so much more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone,” he continued.

Mr Wild also reflected on the growing popularity of holiday caravans as people commit to exploring the UK. 

There’s plenty of evidence to corroborate this idea. For instance, in February 2022 the Camping and Caravanning Club reported bookings for its 100 sites were up by 33 per cent on Easter 2019 and in April the Guardian announced that one in five British adults went caravanning or camping during the pandemic. 

It’s no wonder that people are embracing the concept of domestic travel instead of overseas adventures. 

As Brits scramble to secure their summer breaks, airlines continue to cancel flights leaving travellers stranded across the continent and beyond. Regardless of flight cancellations, people are experiencing huge queues throughout the airport. 

The UK has plenty to offer for first time campers, touring enthusiasts, or those who prefer the creature comforts of a BnB. From the coast of Scotland to the Lake District, to the seven natural wonders of Britain – the UK’s diverse landscape has something for everyone. 


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