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Travel experts predict 2021 staycation trends

Olivia Heath
·2-min read
Photo credit: Snaptrip
Photo credit: Snaptrip

From House Beautiful

2020 has been the year of the staycation, but how will the trend of holidaying near home look in 2021?

With travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, booking quirky stays closer to home became the popular option for those unable to jet off abroad. In fact, millions of Brits decided to join the staycation trend, so much so that last-minute UK accommodation site, Snaptrip, reports a 33 per cent increase in bookings compared to 2019 – despite restrictions.

Based on data from Snaptrip, the top UK destination of 2020 was West Sussex. The county in the south of England – with its beautiful coastline and acres of woodland to explore – has been crowned the most popular staycation destination with a 87 per cent increase in bookings.

In second place is Cambridgeshire (61 per cent increase), third is Lancashire (60 per cent), fourth is Kent (59 per cent) and fifth is Cheshire (58 per cent).

Photo credit: Snaptrip
Photo credit: Snaptrip

Using booking data from the past year, Snaptrip has predicted some key hotspots for 2021 – including top trending counties, plus popular spots in Scotland and Wales – to help you plan your staycation for the New Year.

Top counties visited by Brits

1. North Yorkshire – 20 per cent increase
Top spot: Whitby

2. Devon – 36 per cent increase
Top spot: Bideford

3. Cornwall – 43 per cent increase
Top spot: Newquay

4. Cumbria – 42 per cent increase
Top spot: Windermere

5. Norfolk – 38 per cent increase
Top spot: Cromer

2021 staycation inspo...

Photo credit: Snaptrip
Photo credit: Snaptrip

Top Scottish hotspots

1. Moray

2. North Ayrshire

3. East Lothian

4. Scottish Borders

5. South Ayrshire

2021 staycation inspo...

Photo credit: Snaptrip
Photo credit: Snaptrip

Top Welsh hotspots

1. Mid Glamorgan

2. Powys

3. Gwent

4. Dyfed

5. Gwynedd

2021 staycation inspo...

Photo credit: Snaptrip
Photo credit: Snaptrip

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