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Nearly three in 10 people have booked a staycation for 2021 – survey

Vicky Shaw
·1-min read
Lake Windermers
Rowing boats at Ambleside, Lake Windermere (Yui Mok/PA)

Nearly three in 10 (28%) people have booked a UK-based staycation this year, a survey has found.

More than half (53%) of people are planning to book a UK getaway, according to American Express.

On average, people have spent £353 per person on staycation bookings.

Wales and the Lake District were the top destinations, followed by Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands.

People booking staycations are advised that lockdown restrictions are easing at different rates across the UK, and to check cancellation policies in case a trip cannot go ahead.

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As plans for social get-togethers are made, 18 to 34-year-olds said they have already spent an average of £73 on their post-lockdown wardrobe, compared with an overall average of £37 per person.

Four in 10 over-55s said they are looking forward to returning to hairdressers and beauty salons, compared with 18% of 18 to 34-year-olds.

Over a third of people (39%) said eating and drinking out is the activity they are most looking forward to, with many people also aiming to spend on shared experiences with family (54%) and friends (43%).

Some 2,000 people were surveyed in March.

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